MORAGA, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's men's tennis team set the tone with a sweep of doubles and kept going from there to beat UC Davis 6-1 on Sunday at Timothy Korth Tennis Complex.
Looking for continued improvement after a tough loss to Pacific last weekend, Saint Mary's (3-4) showed a week of working hard at practice made a big difference right off the bat against the Aggies (4-4).
Seif El Sherbini and Thomas Hunt clinched the point for the Gaels, beating George Horowitz and Brett Bacharach 8-4.
That success carried into singles for Saint Mary's. Manner earned the next point with a straight-sets win at No. 3 singles, then Norstrom followed suit with a 6-4, 6-4 win of his own at No. 2.
Needing just one more point to finish things off, Kiuru played the role of leader at the top of the lineup. His 6-3, 6-4 win over Sherbakov gave the Gaels the desired fourth point, clinching the victory.
It took a bit longer, but Saint Mary's was equally successful at the bottom of the lineup. Hunt fought hard for a 7-6, 7-6 win over Hugo Verdi-Fortin at No. 6, and Bloore worked to finish off a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 victory at No. 5 to finish the scoring for the Gaels.
Next up for Saint Mary's is a trip to Southern California. The Gaels will play UC Riverside at noon on Saturday, then head to Westwood on Sunday to take on No. 3-ranked UCLA.
Action returns to Moraga on March 1 when the Gaels play their first West Coast Conference match of the season against Santa Clara at 3 p.m.