MORAGA, Calif. -- A tremendously successful weekend of West Coast Conference action came to a close Sunday for the Saint Mary's men's tennis team, as the Gaels got big performances from the back end of the singles lineup in beating Portland 4-3.
With the win, Saint Mary's (8-7 overall) remains unbeaten in WCC action at 3-0. Portland falls to 8-7 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
The all-important doubles point went Saint Mary's way to start Sunday's match.
Tuomas Manner and Samuel Bloore earned the first win, beating Michael HuKwo and Kent Andreason 8-3 at No. 2. Seif El Sherbini and Thomas Hunt followed suit at No. 3, defeating Justin Guay and Jackson Martin 8-4 to clinch the point.
Once singles began, the Gaels continued to build their lead. Hunt scored first, earning a 7-5, 6-4 win over Andreason at No. 6 to put Saint Mary's up 2-0.
Manner was next to finish, defeating Guay 6-2, 6-4 to make it 3-0 Gaels. The victory wrapped up an impressive weekend for Manner, who did not drop a set in two singles victories. He also teamed with Bloore to win both of their doubles matches.
Portland staved off a loss briefly with a win at No. 4 singles, but Bloore closed things out with a 7-6, 7-5 win at No. 5. That gave Saint Mary's the victory and kept the Gaels record spotless in conference play.
Next up for Saint Mary's is a trip to Stanford on Wednesday to take on the Cardinal. The week concludes Saturday when the Gaels face BYU in Provo, Utah.