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Men's Tennis

MTEN | Kiuru Named To All-WCC Team
Release: Thursday 05/01/2013 
by SMC Athletics

SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- Saint Mary's senior Jesse Kiuru earned a spot on the All-West Coast Conference team Tuesday, as the native of Lahti, Finland was named to the second team for singles play.

A transfer from Maryland, Kiuru made an immediate impact on the Gaels lineup this season. He slotted in at No. 1, playing well throughout the fall and into the spring to lead Saint Mary's at the top.

Kiuru was also a key contributor in doubles, teaming with Joakim Norstrom to play in the No. 1 spot all season. The duo earned All-WCC honorable mention honors, and Norstrom was an honorable mention selection for singles.

In singles, Kiuru had a few signature wins along the way. The first came in a 6-3, 6-3 win over then-No. 58 Dennis Novikov of UCLA. Novikov has been a top competitor throughout the season, and is currently ranked No. 25 in the country.

Kiuru's next big win came at the end of March when he defeated No. 37 Patrick Kawka of BYU in three sets. The win helped vault Kiuru into the national rankings, where he currently sits at No. 114.

Both of Kiuru's matches at the WCC Tournament last week went unfinished, and he wrapped up his Saint Mary's career with good efforts in matches against Portland and San Diego.