March 9, 2012

Men's Tennis runs into tough foe in Sacramento State

By HANNAH LaFOREST
UNCBears.com

GREELEY -- The Northern Colorado men's tennis team faced a tough Big Sky Conference opponent Friday in Sacramento State and fell 6-1 to the Hornets at Butler-Hancock Tennis Courts.

The Bears started off with strong doubles play but only came away with one win, at the No. 1 position. Freshman Ben Gendron then got Northern Colorado's lone point on the day with his 6-2, 2-6, 10-5 victory against Sean Kolar.

It was Gendron's first win at the No. 3 position.

Senior Brandon Lupo and Gendron defeated a tough doubles team of Aliaksandr Malko and Javier Millan in doubles play, knocking off the pair in an 8-6 upset, and the Bears' No. 2 doubles team of Jordan Loughnan and Ryan Lane battled with Sean Kolar and Tom Miller but fell 8-6.

"That was a tough match," Northern Colorado coach Tim Bearman said. "Sacramento State is a good team. The guys played well, especially Ben Gendron. Nice win at No. 1 doubles and then picking up the win at No. 3 singles."

The Nos. 4 and 5 positions saw close matches for Northern Colorado, with Jeff Carlson and Michael Moya losing in tight matches. Roy Brandys beat Carlson 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, while Marek Marksoo knocked off Moya 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 in a close three-set battle.

"Both Moya and Carlson continue to knock on the door, too," Bearman said. "I'm excited for a good week of practice."

Bearman and the Bears will return to action in back-to-back duals at home next week, starting with meeting with South Dakota State at 1 p.m. March 15, and then a meeting with Saint Louis at 11 a.m. March 16.

Both matches will be played at Butler-Hancock Tennis Courts, weather permitting.