Thunderbirds Wrap Up Season With Close Loss to Vikings
By SUU Strategic Communication
ST. GEORGE, Utah - The Southern Utah men’s tennis team’s 2017 season came to an end Sunday afternoon as they dropped a close match to the Portland State Vikings in St. George.
“Today was a heartbreaker for us. The guys really came out with high intensity in doubles and we grabbed all three matches, but then PSU came out strong in singles, winning four out of six first sets,” head coach Sadhaf Pucher said. “This was our first match we had chances to win and we did not seize them. Whenever we have been in a position to win matches this year we have won, but today it did not go our way.”
The Thunderbirds took an early lead in the match as they swept the doubles competition to secure the doubles point. The Thunderbird teams of Conor Tordoff and Ben Yeacker, Guy Feigin and Cedric Rupa, and Sergio Palacio and Nicolas de Enrique Schmidt all won their respective matches. Feigin and Rupa won their match in dominating fashion, defeating PSU’s Scott Goldner and Yousef Abdo 6-0.
Leading 1-0 the Thunderbirds needed to win three out of the six singles matches to secure the win, but fell just short. Feigin defeated PSU’s Tommy Edwards in the No. 2 position (6-0, 6-3) and Enrique Schmidt picked up his third singles win of the season defeating Sam Larson in the No. 6 spot (4-6, 6-3, 6-3). The Vikings would take the other four matches in the singles competition, earning the 4-3 win over the Thunderbirds.
“Looking forward to next year, my expectations are very high for this program. The culture of the program has been set and we laid a foundation for a successful future,” Pucher said.
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1. BONIEL, Nathan (PSU) def. TORDOFF, Conor (SUU) 6-3, 7-6
2. FEIGIN, Guy (SUU) def. EDWARDS, Tommy (PSU) 6-0, 6-3
3. GOLDNER, Scott (PSU) def. PALACIO, Sergio (SUU) 6-1, 6-3
4. LOPEZ, Ethan (PSU) def. RUPA, Cedric (SUU) 6-2, 0-6, 7-6
5. ABDO, Yousef (PSU) def. YEACKER, Ben (SUU) 6-2, 6-2
6. ENRIQUE SCHMIDT,Nico (SUU) def. LARSON, Sam (PSU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
1. YEACKER, Ben/TORDOFF, Conor (SUU) def. BONIEL, Nathan/EDWARDS, Tommy (PSU) 7-6
2. FEIGIN, Guy/RUPA, Cedric (SUU) def. GOLDNER, Scott/ABDO, Yousef (PSU) 6-0
3. ENRIQUE SCHMIDT,Nico/PALACIO, Sergio (SUU) def. LARSON, Sam/LOPEZ, Ethan (PSU) 6-4
Portland State 4-13, 2-8 BSCSouthern Utah 4-16, 1-10 BSC