Men's Tennis Falls at Saint Mary's, 7-0

Jonathan Poon scored a doubles win and nearly stole a point in singles.

MORAGA, Calif. --- The Gaels of Saint Mary's dropped UCI in the first stop of the 'Eaters trip to Northern California, 7-0, Saturday afternoon.

UCI (2-8, 0-1) battled in doubles after Tyler Pham and Jonathan Poon scored an 8-7 win at No. 3, but the Gaels managed wins at Nos. 1 and 2 for the doubles point.

Pham and Jonathan Hammel started singles out with some promise with first set victories, but Saint Mary's continued chugging along with quick wins at Nos. 1, 4, and 6 to earn the four points required for the victory. Pham and Hammel would come up short in three sets along with Jonathan Poon at No. 5 who scored a second set victory to force a third set, but came up empty as Saint Mary's completed the sweep.

UCI remains up north to take on 43rd-ranked Santa Clara on Sunday starting at 11:00 a.m.

SAINT MARY'S 7, UC IRVINE 0

March 2, 2013
Moraga, Calif.

DOUBLES

1) Kiuru/Norstrom (SMC) def. Cheung/Jung (UCI) – 8-3
2) Bloore/Manner (SMC) def. Hammel/Shibahara (UCI) – 8-4
3) Pham/Poon (UCI) def. Elsherbini/Hunt (SMC) – 8-7

Saint Mary's wins the doubles point

SINGLES

1) Jesse Kiuru (SMC) def. Ryan Cheung (UCI) – 6-2, 6-0
2) Joakim Norstrom (SMC) def. Tyler Pham (UCI) – 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
3) Tuomas Manner (SMC) def. Jacob Jung (UCI) – 6-3, 6-1
4) Seif Elsherbini (SMC) def. Jonathan Hammel (UCI) – 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
5) Samuel Bloore (SMC) def. Jonathan Poon (UCI) – 6-2, 1-6, 6-1
6) Thomas Hunt (SMC) def. Shuhei Shibahara (UCI) – 6-3, 6-1

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