Buchanan Gets First Collegiate Win At #4 Singles
GREELEY, Colo. - A lineup shuffle by Northern Colorado men's tennis Head Coach Tim Bearman resulted in a win at number-four singles, but it was not enough as the Bears fell 6-1 to Portland State on Saturday afternoon at WorkOut West.
The Bears are now 0-7 with the loss and move to 0-3 in Big Sky Conference action.
"We played better today," said Bearman. "And that's encouraging."
Bearman moved freshman Connor Buchanan up to the fourth ladder position where he defeated Sean Eberle in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
Travis Day also forced a third-set tiebreak at #6 singles, winning 6-0 in the second set, but lost 10-8 in the tiebreak to Jeff Cero, who won the first set 6-4.
"I moved Connor up to #4 and he was able to gut out a win for us in singles," stated Bearman. "Travis executed better today than he has all spring but came up a little short in the tiebreak for the third set."
The Vikings got straight set victories at the other four singles spots and won the doubles point after taking all three matches.
"There were some things we could do better in doubles that we will address at practice this week before Friday's match against Sacramento State."
The Hornets are the perennial favorites in the Big Sky and will be at WorkOut West on Friday for a match scheduled for 11:00 a.m.
Rice/Eberle def Van Lier/Lane 8-2
Van Dersderdel/Erickson def Edwards/Day 8-3
Erickson/Cero def Lepine/Buchanan 8-0
Rice def Van Lier 6-3, 6-3
Van Dershelede def Edwards 6-4, 6-2
Erickson def Lane 6-0, 6-1
Buchanan def Eberle 6-3, 6-4
Erickson def Lepine 7-5, 6-2
Cero def Day 6-4, 0-6, 10-8 tiebreak