MORAGA, Calif. — Saint Mary’s (5-7) took down a tough Army squad with ease on Tuesday in a 6-1 win over the Black Knights.
The Gaels dominated on the singles’ courts, sweeping the Black Knights (10-7) in six matches. Top seeds Damon Kesaris (6-3, 6-2) and Nash Vollenweider (6-3, 7-5) each won in straight sets over their opponents. Manuel De Luis Lamelas and Jacob Lagman also won in straight sets with Lamelas winning 7-5, 6-0 and Lagman cruising to a 6-1, 6-1 victory in the six spot.
Matthew Campana and Daniel Krutik both went to three sets in their matches but came out on top to complete the sweep. Campana came back to a 3-6, 6-4, (10-6) win and Krutik defeated his competitor 6-4, 5-7, (10-6).
Army would garner the doubles’ point with two 6-2 victories but Kesaris/Vollenweider managed to salvage one doubles’ set, 6-0, as the top duo. Calvin Jordaan/Brian Lee and Lamelas/Campana represented the other two doubles’ teams for the Gaels.
“Great win today,” said Gaels’ head coach Greg Kennett. “After a slow start at number two and three doubles, the guys showed great heart to win all the singles. Very proud of them today.”
Tuesday’s match was the final non-conference contest for the Gaels this season who will head to No. 53 Pepperdine next to begin West Coast Conference play. Saint Mary’s will square off against the Waves (4-6) on Mar. 24 in Malibu at 1 p.m. Results and recaps can be found after the match on SMCGaels.com.
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