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Gaels Win Over Rival USF 4-3

Feb. 19, 2007

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's men's tennis team returned to action today to face Bay Area rival San Francisco. The Gaels defeated the Dons by a score of 4-3. This marks the second straight conference win for the Gaels.

The match between the Gaels and the Dons has historically been an entertaining one and today did not disappoint. The Gaels were coming into the match having beaten Gonzaga this past Saturday. USF came into the match having just beat Hawaii, who beat the Gaels in a thriller on Friday night.

Saint Mary's got on the board first winning the doubles point. Adam Fauvre and Alp Ozpinar lost in a hard fought match. With the Gaels down in doubles, Andre Sion and Yury Platanov tied the action with an 8-4 victory. Joel Kusnierz and Achim Christner sealed the deal for the Gaels in doubles. They won their match 8-6.

The Gaels had a 1-0 lead going into the singles match. USF's Tu won the next singles match, defeating Andrea Zannoni 6-2, 6-2. This evened the score at 1-1. Joel Kusnierz put the Gaels back on top 2-1. Kusnierz rolled through his match in two sets, winning 6-0, 6-4. USF managed to clap back again as USF's Cohen defeated Adam Fauvre 7-6(7-4), 6-3.

Senior Andre Sion battled in his match today. He won the first set 6-3. USF's Nachbauer evened the match winning the second set 2-6. The third set was close nearly the whole way through. Sion turned it up in the tie breaker winning it 7-0 to give him the third set and the Gaels the 3-2 lead.

Achim Christner sealed the deal for the Gaels today. After winning his first match of the season this weekend he won today's match in three sets. He won the first set by a score of 6-4 before dropping the second set 4-6. He turned it up in the third set winning 6-2, giving the Gaels the 4-2 lead and the win in today's competition.

After Saint Mary's had sealed the deal, Yury Platanov defaulted his match. Leading to the final score of 4-3 in favor of Saint Mary's.

The Gaels return to action on Sunday February 25 when they host Nevada. The match will begin at Noon from the Korth Tennis Complex