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Tuomas Manner will try to continue his strong play this week.
Tuomas Manner will try to continue his strong play this week.
MTEN | SMC Readies For Tough Week On Road
Release: Wednesday 03/25/2013 
by SMC Athletics

MORAGA, Calif. -- After a weekend that saw the Saint Mary's men's tennis team get two important West Coast Conference wins at home, the Gaels now hit the road for a pair of challenging matches.

The week starts Wednesday when Saint Mary's (8-7, 3-0 WCC) heads to Stanford for a noon match against the No. 47-ranked Cardinal. The focus shifts back to WCC play on Saturday when the Gaels face No. 41 BYU in Provo, Utah.

Saint Mary's remained unbeaten in conference play with wins over Gonzaga and Portland last weekend.

That started with a 6-1 win over Gonzaga. A sweep of doubles got the Gaels started, then wins at No. 2 through 6 singles finished things off. 

Sunday's 4-3 win over Portland was a bit closer, but still featured the same strong play from the bottom of the lineup.

Wins by Samuel Bloore and Thomas Hunt at No. 5 and 6 were key, and Tuomas Manner finished off an outstanding weekend with a win at No. 3 singles. Manner did not drop a set all weekend.

Stanford enters Monday's match against Nevada with a 5-5 record. The Cardinal defeated Boise State 4-3 on March 10, and Monday's match will be its first since then.

The Cardinal boast two ranked singles players, with John Morrissey entering the week at No. 45 and Nolan Paige at No. 91.

Wednesday's match against Saint Mary's will be Stanford's final non-conference test before beginning Pac-12 play this weekend against USC and UCLA.

BYU enters Saturday's match at 14-4 overall and 3-0 in WCC play. The Cougars moved indoors to beat San Francisco 4-3 on Friday to stay unbeaten in conference play.

Leading BYU atop the lineup is No. 42-ranked Patrick Kawka. The junior from Las Vegas, Nev. defeated San Francisco's Thai Tu 7-6, 6-2 on Friday at No. 1 singles.

Saturday's match will be BYU's final home match of the 2013 season. Saint Mary's returns to Moraga on April 7 when it hosts Hawai'i at noon. The Gaels host their final home match on April 10 at 3 p.m. against San Francisco.