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Top Seeds #4 Santa Clara, #5 San Francisco and #6 Saint Mary's Advance to Quarterfinals

April 24, 2013

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SAN DIEGO, Calif.-- The 2013 WCC Men's Tennis Championship began this afternoon with No. 5 San Francisco and No. 8 Loyola Marymount battling to the final point to see who would move on to Thursday's quarterfinals. The Dons clinched the doubles point before registering wins at Nos. 1 and 3 singles, while Loyola Marymount made a furious comeback with wins at Nos. 4, 5, and 6 singles to even the match at 3-3. The final point came down to the No. 3 singles match between Nils Skajaa and Nicholas Bjerke. They certainly did not disappoint with a gripping three-set match that was ultimately won by Skajaa, and secured the victory for the Dons.

The #1 men's match pitted No. 4 Santa Clara against No. 9 Gonzaga. The Broncos began the day with strong play on the doubles courts, taking matches at the No. 2 and No. 1 positions, 8-0 and 8-3, respectively. The middle of the Bronco singles lineup proved to be dominant as straight set victories by Matt Kecki (No. 3), Tom Pham (No. 4) and Eugene Muchynski (No. 6) clinched the match. The No. 1 singles court saw a tight match as Gonzaga's Alvaro Nazal led Santa Clara's John Lamble 7-6 (3), 1-0 before the match went unfinished.

The final men's match of the day saw No. 6 Saint Mary's take on No. 7 Portland. The Gaels' victory was a complete team effort, as each team member was apart of either a singles or doubles victory on the day. Strong singles matches came from Tuomas Manner (No. 3), Samuel Bloore (No. 5), and Thomas Hunt (No. 6), while the doubles point was cliniched with victories by duos Jesse Kiuru/Joakim Norstrom and Seif El Sherbini/Thomas Hunt. Portland found a bright spot in the play of Alex Ferrero, who won in straight sets at the No. 4 singles position.

Men's play resumes Thursday afternoon with quarterfinal action at 12:30 p.m. PDT. Saint Mary's will face No. 3 San Diego, while Santa Clara squares off against Bay Area rival San Francisco. WCCsports.com will have live scoring updates throughout the day, as well as a live video recap show at the conclusion of each day's men's action.

Match #1

No. 4 Santa Clara def. No. 9 Gonzaga 4-0

Doubles

1. John Lamble/Ilya Osintsev (SCU) def. Jack Schoebel/Olivier Jamin (GON), 8-3

2. Matt Kecki/Tom Pham (SCU) def. Hayden Smith/Vicente Varas (GON), 8-0

3. Alvaro Nazal/Pablo Mosquera (GON) led Eugene Muchynski/Tomasz Soltyka (SCU), 7-6 (DNF)

Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3

Singles

1. Alvaro Nazal (GON) led John Lamble (SCU), 7-6 (3), 1-0 (DNF)

2. Ilya Osintsev (SCU) led Levin Guillermo (GON), 6-4, 6-6 (5-5) (DNF)

3. Matt Kecki (SCU) def. Olivier Jamin (GON), 6-2, 6-4

4. Tom Pham (SCU) def. Vladimir Mijatovic (GON), 6-2, 6-3

5. Hayden Smith (GON) led Tomasz Soltyka (SCU), 7-6 (1), 4-1

6. Eugene Muchynski (SCU) def. Jack Schoebel (GON), 6-3, 7-5

Order of Finish: 4, 3, 6, 1, 2, 5

Match #2

No. 5 San Francisco def. No. 8 Loyola Marymount 4-3

Doubles

1. Nils Skajaa/Bernardo Saraiva (USF) def. Othar Kordsachia/Felix van Kann (LMU), 8-3

2. Nicholas Bjerke/Sebastian Bustamante (LMU) def. Thai Tu/Germain Bahri (USF), 8-4

3. Richard Bucalem/Jonathon Knowlman (USF) def. Daniel Simko/Jack Zapala (LMU) 9-7

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

Singles

1. Thai Tu (USF) def. Othar Kordsachia (LMU), 6-2, 2-6, 6-2

2. Bernardo Saraiva (USF) def. Todd Volmari (LMU), 6-3, 6-4

3. Nils Skajaa (USF) def. Nicholas Bjerke (LMU), 2-6, 7-5, 6-2

4. Sebastian Bustamante (LMU) def. Rich Van Hout (USF), 6-3, 6-4

5. Cristobal Rivera (LMU) def. Will Schumacher (USF), 6-2, 6-2

6. Felix van Kann (LMU) def. Germain Bahri (USF), 6-2, 6-2

Order of Finish: 6, 4, 2, 5, 1, 3

Match #3

No. 6 Saint Mary's def. No. 7 Portland 4-1

Doubles

1. Jesse Kiuru/Joakim Norstrom (SMC) def. Ratan Gill/Alex Ferrero (POR), 8-6

2. Tuomas Manner/Samuel Bloore (SMC) led Michel Hu Kwo/Justin Guay (POR), 7-6

3. Seif El Sherbini/Thomas Hunt (SMC) def. Jackson Martin/Kent Andreasen (POR), 8-4

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

Singles

1. Ratan Gill (POR) led Jesse Kiuru (SMC), 6-2, 5-6 (DNF)

2. Joakim Norstrom (SMC) vs. Michel Hu Kwo (POR), 6-4, 3-6 (DNF)

3. Tuomas Manner (SMC) def. Justin Guay (POR), 6-1, 6-2

4. Alex Ferrero (POR) def. Seif El Sherbini (SMC), 6-0, 6-4

5. Samuel Bloore (SMC) def. Jackson Martin (POR), 6-3, 6-3

6. Thomas Hunt (SMC) def. Kent Andreasen (POR), 6-1, 6-3

Order of Finish: 6, 4, 3, 5, 1, 2