March 31, 2012

Comeback victory helps Men's Tennis celebrate Senior Day

By HANNAH LAFOREST
UNCBears.com

GREELEY -- After losing the doubles point to Metro State on Saturday, the Northern Colorado men's tennis team battled back on its Senior Day and gave senior Andre Lepine something to celebrate with a 4-3 win at Butler-Hancock Tennis Courts.

"Its always nice to get a win on Senior Day, and this was a good team win against a tough Metro State team," Northern Colorado coach Tim Bearman said.

Norther Colorado's No.1 doubles duo of Brandon Lupo and Ben Gendron defeated MSU's Lucio Cangiono and Gabe Vlahos in a close 8-6 decision, giving the Bears their only doubles point. Jordan Loughnan and Jeff Carlson lost in a close 9-7 match to Adrien Delvaux and Alec Parmenter at No. 2 doubles, while Ryan Lane and Lepine fell to Thomas Lowes and Jonathan Evangelista 8-4 at No. 3.

The close singles matches made for an exciting day, as the Bears picked up wins at the Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5 positions.

"After we got stabilized in singles play, we found our footing and executed well," Bearman said.

Lupo continued a hot streak by knocking off Cangiano 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), while Gendron defeated Delvaux in two tiebreakers, 7-6 (8-4), 7-6 (9-7).

Carlson and Moya knocked off Lowes and Evangelista in convincing fashion, both getting 6-0, 6-1 victories.

"Carlson and Moya stepped up in singles and got off to a fast start," Bearman said. "I think that was a key for the team."

Bearman and the Bears will hit the road for their last series of the season next weekend when they travel to Montana to take on the Grizzlies at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7, and then Montana State at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 8.