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Men's Tennis Finishes 3rd in WCC as they Defeat Santa Clara

April 22, 2007

San Diego, CA -- The Saint Mary's men's tennis team finished 3rd in the WCC after competing at the WCC Championship Tournament. The Gaels, who entered the tournament with a seeding of No. 5, defeated Santa Clara. SCU entered the tournament with a seeding of No. 2. The Gaels upset the Broncos by a score of 4-2 to earn the 3rd place WCC finish. The 3rd place finish is the highest in Saint Mary's men's tennis program history.

The Gaels fell behind early 0-1 to Santa Clara when the Broncos won the doubles point. Joel Kusnierz and Yury Platonov dropped their match 8-6. Alp Ozpinar and Andrea Zannoni dropped their match 8-2. Andre Sion and Adam Fauvre did not finish their double match as SCU had won the doubles point.

Fauvre, a senior, tied the match up at 1-1 when he won his singles match. He defeated Bobby Rasumussen 7-5, 6-1. Achim Christner gave the Gaels their second point when defeated Jay Wong 6-3, 6-4. The Gaels go their third point from the No. 1 spot. Kusnierz dropped the first set 6-7 (7-3). He came back to win the second set 6-1 before winning the third set 7-5 to take the match.

Santa Clara added their second point when Blane Shield defeated Platonov 7-5, 6-1.

Senior Andre Sion clinched the match for the Gaels. His singles match was a gem. He dropped the first set 6-7 (7-2). He went on to win the second set 7-6 (7-0). The third set was against close but Sion took it 7-5.

Zannoni's match was not finished as the Gaels had defeated rival Santa Clara.

The Gaels finished the season 3rd place in the WCC. This marks the highest finish in program history.