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Jesse Kiuru earned a straight-sets victory at No. 1 singles on Saturday.
Jesse Kiuru earned a straight-sets victory at No. 1 singles on Saturday.
MTEN | SMC Finds Success At UC Riverside
Release: Thursday 02/23/2013 
by SMC Athletics

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's men's tennis team followed strong play in doubles with a successful round of singles as it knocked off UC Riverside 6-1 Saturday in the first match of a two-match Southern California swing at UCLA.

Saint Mary's (4-4) took the doubles point thanks to a clean sweep of all three matches. 

Jesse Kiuru and Joakim Norstrom got the first win at No. 1, and Seif El Sherbini and Thomas Hunt followed with the clinching win at No. 3.

Tuomas Manner and Samuel Bloore picked up an 8-4 win at No. 2 to finish the doubles sweep.

Singles came next, and Bloore was the first Gael to hit the scoreboard with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Calvin Ngo at No. 5.

UC Riverside (2-8) got its lone win of the day at No. 2, but Saint Mary's was strong from then on as El Sherbini, Manner, Hunt and Kiuru all grabbed wins for the traveling Gaels. Hunt was the lone Gael to go to three sets, but after losing the second set, he rallied to win the third 6-1 in his match against Marcus Vizcarra.

Saint Mary's will look to improve its play even further on Sunday, as they head to Westwood to take on No. 3 UCLA. That match is set to start at noon.