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MTEN | Kiuru Wins But Gaels Fall At BYU
Release: Tuesday 03/30/2013 
by SMC Athletics

PROVO, Utah -- Jesse Kiuru scored one of his biggest wins of the season but the Saint Mary's men's tennis team fell 6-1 at No. 40-ranked BYU on Saturday.

Saint Mary's falls to 8-9 overall and 3-1 in the West Coast Conference. BYU improves to 15-4 overall and 4-0 in conference play. Saturday's match was the Cougars' last at home this season, and they finished the regular season a perfect 10-0 in Provo.

Kiuru had to work for his victory against No. 37-ranked Patrick Kawka. The Gaels' senior won the first set tiebreaker 7-4, but Kawka rallied to take the second set 6-3.

The two battled in the super tiebreaker third set, and Kiuru had enough left to pull out the hard-fought 11-9 win, giving him the match victory. It is Kiuru's second win over a ranked opponent this season, joining his victory over UCLA's Denis Novikov.

Aside from No. 1 singles, BYU ruled the day, sweeping all three doubles matches and winning at No. 2 through 6 singles. Samuel Bloore and Tuomas Manner battled at No. 2 doubles for the Gaels, but lost in a tiebreaker.

Saint Mary's now returns home, and will host Hawai'i in a non-conference match at noon on April 7.