UCI Clipped by No. 53 Broncos, 4-3

Tyler Pham took his ranked foe to a third set on Sunday.
Tyler Pham took his ranked foe to a third set on Sunday.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. --- UCI men's tennis nearly took down another ranked opponent in the backend of its trip to northern California falling 4-3 to the 53rd-ranked Broncos of Santa Clara.

The 'Eaters battled in doubles with a different formation. Jacob Jung and Ryan Cheung earned a win at No. 2, but Santa Clara escaped with the point.

Jonathan Poon evened the score with a No. 6 straight-set win. Santa Clara would regain the lead with a pair of straight set wins, but the Anteaters were not done yet.

Bronco No. 2 Ilya Osintsev was forced to retire giving Cheung a singles victory and UCI (2-9, 0-1) some hope.

After all was said and done, Nos. 1 and 3 were settled in three sets with 66th-ranked John Lamble outlasting Tyler Pham for the fourth and deciding point.

UCI returns home for a Wednesday class with Central Florida at 1:00 p.m. before heading back out on the road in Las Vegas.


March 3, 2013
Santa Clara, Calif.


1) Lamble/Osintsev (SCU) def. Hammel/Shibahara (UCI) – 8-6
2) Cheung/Jung (UCI) def. Khacharyan/Pham (SCU) – 8-3
3) Chun/Soltyka (SCU) def. Pham/Poon (UCI) – 8-6

Santa Clara wins the doubles point


1) #66 John Lamble (SCU) def. Tyler Pham (UCI) – 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
2) Ryan Cheung (UCI) def. Ilya Osintsev (SCU) – 2-1 (ret.)
3) Jacob Jung (UCI) def. Ashot Khacharyan (SCU) – 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
4) Tom Pham (SCU) def. Jonathan Hammel (UCI) – 7-6, 6-3
5) Tomasz Soltyka (SCU) def. Justin Agbayani (UCI) – 6-4, 6-2
6) Jonathan Poon (UCI) def. Vince Menon (SCU) – 6-1, 6-0


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