March 15, 2012

Men's Tennis has little trouble in running right by Jackrabbits

By HANNAH LaFOREST
UNCBears.com

GREELEY -- The Northern Colorado men's tennis team earned a 6-1 nonconference win Thursday against South Dakota State at Butler-Hancock Tennis Courts.

The Bears (3-6) swept the doubles matches -- with all their duos earning 8-3 wins -- and got five of the six singles points to even their record at home this season at 2-2.

"We had a strong performance all the way down the line today, and it was against a tough team that beat us here last year," Northern Colorado coach Tim Bearman said.

The Bears' No. 1 doubles duo of senior Brandon Lupo and freshman Ben Gendron defeated the Jackrabbits' Parker Lawley and James Thorp 8-3, and senior Ryan Lane and freshman Jordan Loughnan (No. 2) and sophomores Jeff Carlson and Michael Moya followed suit with 8-3 wins. 

Lane and Loughnan took down Justin Pule and Alejandro Marin, while Carlson and Moya dispatched Dominic Rossetto and Morgan Salo.

"We have good energy and execution and when we move our feet we play winning tennis," Bearman said.

In singles play, Lupo continued his strong play this season at the No. 1 spot, defeating Pyle in a quick 6-0, 6-1 victory. Loughnan then had no problem with his opponent, Christian Maki, and won 6-2, 6-1, and Gendron defeated Lawley 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) at No. 3 for another victory.

The Bears' final two wins came from Lane at No. 2 -- he defeated Rossetto 6-4, 6-3 -- and Moya at No. 5 -- he knocked off Marin 6-0, 6-4.

"It was a nice win for both Lane and  Moya," Bearman said. "They both played tough opponents and had clutch performances."

Bearman's Bears will continue nonconference play at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, March 16) at Butler-Hancock Tennis Courts when they host the St. Louis Billikens. Then they will hit the road to play another nonconference match at 11:30 a.m. Sunday,  at Creighton.