January 26, 2013

Men's Tennis starts Spring with win over Seattle

By HEATHER KENNEDY
UNCBears.com

GREELEY – The Northern Colorado Men's Tennis team kicked off its 2013 spring season in great fashion, defeating Seattle 5-2 at Work Out West on Saturday afternoon.

Seattle won the doubles point, but from them on it was all Bears as they won five of the six singles matches.

"The guys battled today and really played well," Head Coach Tim Bearman said. "We'd have liked to get that doubles point but it didn't happen today. The guys responded in singles and were able to win some tough matches. It was good to get a match under our belt before we play Montana State tomorrow."

Northern Colorado begins Big Sky Conference action on Sunday against the Bobcats at Work Out West at 9 am.

The doubles team of junior Michael Moya (Whittier, Calif.) and freshman Eric Schuermans (Sao Paulo, Brazil) won 8-4 at No. 3 doubles for the team's lone victory to start the match.

Brandon Lupo (Broomfield, Colo.) won in straight sets 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, defeating Kevin Lynch. The senior is coming off a Big Sky All-Conference Second-Team selection a year ago.

Freshman Mitchel Knight (Tulsa, Okla.), playing in his first collegiate dual, won by the identical score of 7-5, 6-2 at No. 3 singles, sweeping Zach Kosanke.

Sophomore Jordan Loughnan (Mudgee, New South Wales) also swept at No. 4 singles, defeating Jason Bediones 6-2, 6-2.

Moya continued the solid start to the season with a 7-5, 6-1 straight sets win over Kyle Rapp at No. 5 and Schuermans was up a set and on serve in the second set when the match was called. He also got the late break to win 7-5 in the first set and was leading 2-1 when the Bears clinched the win.