March 16, 2012

Men's Tennis wins again, this time versus Saint Louis

By HANNAH LaFOREST
UNCBears.com

GREELEY -- Northern Colorado Men's Tennis won for the second straight day Friday, downing the Saint Louis Billikens 5-2 at Butler-Hancock Tennis Courts.

Like yesterday, in their 6-1 win against South Dakota State, the Bears (4-6) on Friday won the doubles point by earning wins at No. 1 and No. 3 and then used that momentum in singles play to win at the Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5 positions.

"Saint Louis University is a tough team," Northern Colorado coach Tim Bearman said. "Anytime you beat a team from the [Atlantic 10] Conference, it's a big win."

Northern Colorado's No. 1 doubles duo of Brandon Lupo and Ben Gendron defeated Vuk Poledica and Drew Feder, 8-6, to push their winning streak to three matches, before Ryan Lane and Jordan Loughnan faced a tough team of Joe Flanagan and Bobby Kidera and fell 8-3 at No. 2 doubles.

The doubles point came down to the Bears' No. 3 team of Michael Moya and Jeff Carlson, who came away with a close victory, defeating the Billikens' Patrick Kella and Dave Welkener in a tiebreaker 9-8 (7-3).

"Another solid performance from Ben Gendron and Brandon Lupo," Bearman said. "Those guys are so tough, mentally. They really set the tone for the team."

Lupo moved his singles record this year to 6-4 with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Flanagan at No. 1 singles, while Gendron came out swinging and defeated Yehia Sallay 6-1, 6-2.

The Bears' final two wins came at the Nos. 4 and 5 positions with both matches going to three sets. Carlson knocked off Poledica 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and Moya beat Feder 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

"Carlson and Moya both dropped the first set in singles, kept their composure in the face of adversity and battled back to win at Nos. 4 and 5 singles," Bearman said. "That's what I love about this team."

Bearman and his Bears will now hit the road and take on Creighton at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 18, in another nonconference matchup.