SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The Saint Mary's men's tennis team got back on track on Monday with a 4-3 road win over West Coast Conference opponent San Francisco. The Gaels snap an eight-match losing streak with the win over the Dons, who defeated Saint Mary's earlier this season in Moraga.
With the win SMC improves to 5-15 this season and 1-5 in WCC play, while USF falls to 3-14 this season and 1-4 in conference action.
The Gaels got things started positively by winning on two-of-three doubles courts to earn the first point of the day. After the Gaels fell on court two, Sherif Hamdy and Seif El Sherbini got the first win on court three by defeating Jacob Hartwig and Richard Bucalem, 8-6. Joakim Norstrom and Steven-Dawson Roberts claimed the point for SMC with a 9-7 win at the No. 1 spot over Germain Bahri and Jonathon Knowlman.
Saint Mary's needed just three singles wins to claim the match and accomplished that on courts two, five and six. Hamdy earned a 6-4, 6-2 win at the No. 2 spot over Bahri, while freshman Samuel Bloore defeated Hartwig on court six, 6-4, 6-5. Rounding out the singles wins for SMC was Norstrom who topped William Schumacher at the No. 5 spot, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.
The Gaels will return to action this weekend with their final regular season matches of the season. SMC will host San Diego on Thursday, April 12 for Senior Day, while the Gaels will finish the season on the road at Santa Clara on Saturday, April 14.