The Seattle University men’s tennis team hung tough against Northern Colorado Thursday, but fell by a score of 6-1 to the Bears in Greeley, Colo.
Flavio Malagutti (Rio Claro, Brazil) was involved in both Seattle U wins during the match. He claimed the Redhawks’ only point with a singles victory over Michael Moya in the sixth singles position and joined up with Kyle Rapp (Encinitas, Calif.) to defeat Jordan Loughnan and Jeff Carlson at No. 3 doubles. Malagutti took the first set in the singles match against Moya via a tiebreaker, with Malagutti winning 7-6(9-7). Moya fought back and won the second set 2-6, forcing a third set super tiebreak. Malagutti strung together enough points at the end of the super tiebreak to win12-10, taking the match and avoiding the sweep for the Redhawks.
In doubles play, Malagutti and Rapp dispatched Loughnan and Carlson 8-5. The other two doubles matches also saw a score of 8-5, but Northern Colorado took both of those matches and the doubles point as Brandon Lupo and Ben Gendron defeated Kevin Lynch (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Jason Bediones (Kent, Wash.) at No. 1 doubles, while Mitchel Knight and Eric Schuermans beat Zach Kosanke (Bellevue, Wash.) and Ian Clare (Sachse, Texas) at No. 2 doubles.
Despite the lopsided score, the Redhawks were competitive in every singles match as five of the six individual contests went to three sets. Atop the lineup, Kosanke won his first set ever at No. 1 singles, taking the first set by a score of 5-7 over Lupo. Lupo took the next two by similar 6-1 scores, however, taking the point for the Bears. In the second position, Lynch also played three sets as he swapped 6-4 sets to open the match with opponent Ben Gendron. Gendron won the deciding third set, however, and won the match 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Rapp, at No. 4 singles, opened up his singles contest with a 4-6 first-set victory, but lost the next two 6-0 and 6-2 to Loughnan, and Bediones hung tough with Jordan Carlson throughout the No. 5 singles match as well. Bediones won the second set in that match, but Carlson took the first and the third sets and won by a score of 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
Rounding out the lineup, at No. 3 singles, Clare fell in straight 6-4 sets to Knight.
The Redhawks (1-16, 0-1 WAC) will next travel to Denver, Colo., to take on Western Athletic Conference opponent Denver Friday, April 5. That match will start at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time.
Northern Colorado 6, Seattle University 1
1. Lupo/Gendron (UNC) def. Lynch/Bediones (SU) 8-5
2. Knight/Schuermans (UNC) def. Kosanke/Clare (SU) 8-5
3. Rapp/Malagutti (SU) def. Loughnan/Carlson (UNC) 8-5
1. Brandon Lupo (UNC) def. Zach Kosanke (SU) 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
2. Ben Gendron (UNC) def. Kevin Lynch (SU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
3. Mitchel Knight (UNC) def. Ian Clare (SU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Jordan Loughnan (UNC) def. Kyle Rapp (SU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-2
5. Jeff Carlson (UNC) def. Jason Bediones (SU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
6. Flavio Malagutti (SU) def. Michael Moya (UNC) 7-6(9-7), 2-6, (12-10)