Montana Returns To Claim 4-3 Men's Tennis Victory

Nick Lopez (pictured) teamed with Hunter Lee to pick up the clinching doubles point. He took part in singles for the first time since Feb. 28. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 
Nick Lopez (pictured) teamed with Hunter Lee to pick up the clinching doubles point. He took part in singles for the first time since Feb. 28. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

April 1, 2010

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis was defeated by Montana, 4-3, in a non-conference men's tennis match suspended by rain Wednesday and completed Thursday at the Marya Welch Tennis Center. UC Davis led the match, 3-2, when play resumed on Thursday. The Grizzlies then finished off a pair of three-set victories to claim the win.

The match was close from the start as the doubles point wasn't determined until the final contest. The two teams split matches at No. 2 and No. 3. The Grizzlies won the first match to finish at No. 2 before the Aggies' Nic Amaroli and Tyler Lee prevailed at No. 3 to even doubles. It came down to No. 1 where Hunter Lee and Nick Lopez teamed to defeat Carl Kuschke and Josh Smith, 8-6.

Trailing 1-0 heading to singles, Montana (5-5) evened the score with a win at No. 3 to make it 1-1. The next two matches to finish went to the Aggies. Amaroli defeated David Cysneiros at No. 6, 6-2, 7-6 (5). Moments later, Toki Sherbakov completed a 7-6 (4), 7-5 victory over Mikolaj Borkowski at No. 2 to put the Aggies up 3-1.

At No. 4, Montana's Josh Smith fought off a comeback bid by Tyler Lee with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win. That pulled the Grizzlies within 3-2.

The last two matches were on court 1 and court 5. Both went to a third set ended up being suspended when the rain came in.

When play resumed Thursday afternoon, the match at No. 1 was the first to finish. Lopez won the first set on Thursday before Kuschke claimed the second and led 4-2 in the third. The Grizzly took a 5-2 lead to start play on Thursday and ended up defeating Lopez, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

 

 

That tied the match at 3-3 with Hunter Lee and Michael Facey tied at 3-3 in the third set of their match at No. 5. Facey went on to defeat Lee, 7-5, 6-7, 6-4.

The loss drops UC Davis to 5-9 on year. The Aggies are next in action Saturday when they host Sonoma State at 1:30 p.m.

Montana 4, UC Davis 3
March 31, 2010
Marya Welch Tennis Center (Davis, Calif.)

Singles
1. Carl Kuschke (UM) d. Nick Lopez (UCD), 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
2. Toki Sherbakov (UCD) d. Mikolaj Borkowski (UM), 7-6, 7-5.
3. Raydner Ramos (UM) d. Chris Aria (UCD), 7-5, 6-4.
4. Josh Smith (UM) d. Tyler Lee (UCD), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
5. Michael Facey (UM) d. Hunter Lee (UCD), 7-5, 6-7, 6-4.
6. Nic Amaroli (UCD) d. David Cysneiros (UM), 6-2, 7-6 (5).

Doubles
1. H. Lee/Lopez (UCD) d. Kuschke/Smith (UM), 8-6.
2. Timo Gehrke/Ramos (UM) d. Connor Coates /Sherbakov (UCD), 8-5.
3. Amaroli/T. Lee (UCD) d. Borkowski/Cysneiros (UM), 8-0.