No. 35 Santa Clara Bests No. 38 Boise State in ITA Kick-Off Weekend Consolation Match

BERKELEY, Calif. – In its second match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, No. 35 Santa Clara bested No. 38 Boise State in the tournament consolation at Cal. Santa Clara improved to 3-1 on the season with the strong 4-1 win. The Broncos finished the weekend tournament with one win and one loss after a tough defeat Friday, 4-1, to No. 20 Michigan. 

"I thought it was a solid team effort especially from Matt Kecki," said Santa Clara head coach Derek Mills. "He really stepped up today."

Despite a Boise State win at No. 1 doubles, Santa Clara took the doubles point with an 8-2 win at No. 2 by veterans Kecki and Tom Pham and a clutch 8-7 victory by Ashot Khacharyan and Eugene Muchysnki at No. 3 doubles.

In singles, No. 65 John Lamble pulled off a big win with an upset 6-3, 6-3 victory over No. 28 Andrew Bettles. Kecki stepped up with a 6-3, 6-3 victory of his own, and dependable Tom Pham made quick work of his opponent 6-1, 6-0.

Pham's win was the 72nd of his Santa Clara career, tying him with Erich Chen (2000-2004) for second-most in program history. Pham improved to 8-2 on the season including 3-0 in dual match (regular season) play.

In the ITA Kick-Off weekend final, No. 14 Cal wound up beating No. 20 Michigan, 4-3, to earn the berth to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.

For its next match, Santa Clara will travel north and face Washington on Fri., Feb. 1 at 5 pm. On Sat., Feb. 2 they will have a rematch against Boise State. Both matches are on the Washington campus in Seattle, Wash.

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   Position

 Santa Clara University

 Michigan

 Winner

 Score

 #1 Singles

 #65 John Lamble

 #28 Andrew Bettles

 Santa Clara University

 6-3, 6-3

 #2 Singles

 Ilya Osintsev

 Nathan Sereke

 Unfinished

 

 #3 Singles

 Matt Kecki

 Scott Sears

 Santa Clara University

 6-3, 6-3

 #4 Singles

 Tom Pham

 Filipp Pogostkin

 Santa Clara University

 6-1, 6-0

 #5 Singles

 Ashot Khacharyan

 Garrett Patton

 Unfinished

 

 #6 Singles

 Eugene Muchynski

 Thomas Tenreiro

 Boise State University

 6-1, 6-3

 #1 Doubles

 Ilya Osintsev
 John Lamble

 Nathan Sereke
 Andrew Bettles

 Boise State University

 8-7

 #2 Doubles

 Matt Kecki
 Tom Pham

 Garrett Patton
 Scott Sears

 Santa Clara University

 8-2

 #3 Doubles

 Ashot Khacharyan
 Eugene Muchynski

 Filipp Pogostkin
 Toby Mitchell

 Santa Clara University

 8-7