MORAGA, Calif. — In a non-conference match at Timothy Korth Tennis Complex, the Saint Mary’s men’s tennis team (6-14, 1-5 WCC) forced four singles contests to go the distance, but eventually fell to nationally-ranked No. 49 UC Santa Barbara (13-5, 1-0 Big West) Sunday afternoon.
The Gaels dropped the first two doubles matches to give the Gauchos the early 1-0 advantage, but SMC rebounded nicely with intensity and grit in all six singles courts.
On court 1, Damon Kesaris forced a long battle against UCSB’s top player Nicolas Moreno. Kesaris dropped the first set, but bounced back with tremendous fight for the second set win, 6-4. Kesaris and Moreno both turned it into higher gear, but Moreno won the final set, 6-3.
Nash Vollenweider used his trademark one handed backhand and precise shots to claw his way back into the match on court 2. With great defense and winners in tight angles, Vollenweider claimed the second set, 6-3, but eventually fell in the three set battle, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
Tied one set all on court 4, Manuel De Luis Lamelas nearly pulled off the win as the No. 4 player. With long rallies and grueling points, Anders Holm barely got the edge, and won the tiebreak in the final set, 7-6.
The Gaels will play their final two home matches next week. SMC will first host Gonzaga on Friday, April 14, before playing No. 41 and WCC leader Portland on April 15. Both matches are set for 2 p.m. starts at Timothy Korth Tennis Complex.
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