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Thomas Hunt took his match to three sets on Friday against Arizona.
Thomas Hunt took his match to three sets on Friday against Arizona.
MTEN | Gaels Get Off To Slow Start In Desert
Release: Monday 02/01/2013 
by SMC Athletics

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Saint Mary's men's tennis team found the going tough Friday against host Arizona, dropping a 7-0 decision to the host Wildcats in a non-conference match.

Saint Mary's (2-2) found itself down a point after doubles play, with Arizona earning wins at No. 2 and 3 to clinch the point. The Gaels might have had a shot at a win from No. 1 doubles team Jesse Kiuru and Joakim Norstrom, but the match was halted at 6-all once Arizona clinched the point.

Things would not get better for Saint Mary's once singles play began, although the 7-0 score wasn't totally indicative of how close a few of the matches were.

Kiuru took his match at No. 1 singles to three sets, ultimately dropping a 4-6, 7-5, 10-8 decision to Ask. Thomas Hunt also took his match to three sets, but lost 7-5, 4-6, 10-6 to Mario Urquidi.

"They played well. You can't take that away from them," Saint Mary's coach Michael Wayman said. "We just couldn't get going."

The two teams will be back at it again on Saturday, as they meet at 9 a.m. in the second of two matches.