Preserving their Dignity
UCI 5, UCR 2
In what may have been one of the most difficult seasons for UC Irvine’s men’s tennis team, the Anteaters finally hit a winning stride after defeating UC Riverside 5-2 on April 7. The victory marked their second win in a row and their first win in the Big West (1-1). The Anteaters are 4-15 this season.
Senior Sam Gould and freshman Jacob Jung opened up the doubles round with a dominating 8-3 victory. Freshman Mika DeCoster and senior Jon Kazarian clinched the doubles point after an 8-2 thrashing. Senior Fabian Matthews and freshman Shuhei Shibahara struggled through to an 8-7 victory to win their third straight doubles match.
Shibahara made easy work out of his opponent, winning 6-1 and 6-1 to give UCI their second point. Gould, who was going on a five-match winning streak, added another win to his run with a dominating 6-2 and 6-0 victory. Matthews followed with a victory of his own to secure UCI the match.
Jung came back from losing a tiebreaker in the second set by winning another tiebreaker in the third set to give UCI their fifth point.