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Jesse Kiuru, left, and Joakim Norstrom will have a busy week at No. 1 doubles.
Jesse Kiuru, left, and Joakim Norstrom will have a busy week at No. 1 doubles.
MTEN | Final Home Match Begins Busy Week
Release: Sunday 04/08/2013 
by SMC Athletics

MORAGA, Calif. -- A week with three West Coast Conference matches gets started on Wednesday for the Saint Mary's men's tennis team as the Gaels host San Francisco at 3 p.m. in their final home match of the season.

Action shifts to Southern California for Saint Mary's this weekend, with a 4 p.m. match against Pepperdine at Riviera Country Club on Friday. The trip concludes Saturday at 1:30 at Loyola Marymount.

Saint Mary's (9-9, 3-1 WCC) enters the week with a bit of momentum, after a tense 4-3 win over Hawai'i on Sunday ended with a Gaels win at No. 4 singles. Seif El Sherbini delivered the match-clinching point, winning 6-4, 4-6, 7-6.

Leading the way lately has been Saint Mary's No. 1 singles player, Jesse Kiuru. A 6-1, 6-1 win over Jared Spiker on Sunday made it two in a row for Kiuru, who recently defeated No. 37-ranked Patrick Kawka of BYU. 

San Francisco enters at 9-6-1 overall and 1-3 in conference. The Dons fell 6-1 at San Diego on Friday, which snapped a two-match winning streak. 

Alameda native Thai Tu will likely find himself atop the lineup when San Francisco visits Moraga. He is 10-5 this spring, having played all of his matches at No. 1 singles. No. 2 singles player Bernardo Saraiva owns San Francisco's best record (12-2 this spring).

Pepperdine (18-4, 5-0) begins the week ranked No. 10 in the country and firmly atop the WCC standings.

The Waves are led in singles by a trio of ranked players. Sebastian Fanselow (No. 10), Finn Tearney (No. 77) and Alex Sarkissian (No. 94) are all in the top 100 nationally. They'll travel to Stanford on Wednesday before taking on the Gaels.

Loyola Marymount enters Friday's match against San Diego with a 3-16 overall record and 1-4 mark in WCC play.

The Lions split their trip to the Pacific Northwest last weekend, falling to Portland but defeating Gonzaga 4-3 for their first conference victory. Sophomore Othar Kordaschia figures to line up at No. 1 singles for Loyola Marymount.