No. 53 Bronco Men's Tennis Secures 4-3 Win over UC Irvine

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – On a bright sunny Sunday afternoon on the Mission campus, the No. 53 Bronco men's tennis defeated UC Irvine. Santa Clara came away with the 4-3 victory, boosting its record to 9-4 overall and 0-2 in the West Coast Confernce.

The Broncos will welcome Furman University on Wed., March 6 at 3 pm, before hosting University of the Pacific and Northern Arizona on March 9 and 10, respectively. Santa Clara will not have another road match until April 5 when it travels to San Diego.

"I was happy to see the team step up and get a solid win," said Bronco head coach Derek Mills. "I really felt like it was a total team effort."

Santa Clara hung tough throughout Sunday's match with help from a key doubles point and big performances from John Lamble, Tom Pham and Tomasz Soltyka.

In doubles, Lamble and Ilya Osintsev, who was severely ill, pulled out an 8-6 win at the top position.  At No. 3, Soltyka and Logan Chun, who was starting his first doubles match at Santa Clara, took down their opponents 8-6 as well. The duo came out firing and gained a 7-3 advantage, and held on for the clutch win.

On the singles side, Soltyka played well and came up with an important win at No. 5, recording a 6-4, 6-2 victory. Tom Pham was next to finish at No. 4, taking the first set in the tiebreaker (7-5) and winning 6-3 in the second set. Pham upped his win total to 14 on the season (14-6 overall) and that mark leads the Bronco squad.

Osintsev retired three games in at No. 2 singles due to illness.  Vince Menon, playing his first singles match for the Broncos at No. 6, was defeated by Jonathan Poon.

Moving forward in the No. 1 singles spot, Lamble came up with Santa Clara's final win. The No. 66-ranked player in the country prevailed in three sets over Tyler Pham, Tom Pham's brother. Lamble is now 12-9 on the season and has won five consecutive matches.

UC Irvine tested the Broncos and put up a strong fight, however Santa Clara rose to the challenge and secured the win.

 Position

 Santa Clara University

 UC Irvine

 Winner

 Score

 #1 Singles

 #66 John Lamble

 Tyler Pham

 Santa Clara University

 6-3, 4-6, 6-0

 #2 Singles

 Ilya Osintsev

 Ryan Cheung

 UC Irvine

 2-1, ret.

 #3 Singles

 Ashot Khacharyan

 Jacob Jung

 UC Irvine

 5-7, 6-4, 6-2

 #4 Singles

 Tom Pham

 Jonathan Hammel

 Santa Clara University

 7-6, 6-3

 #5 Singles

 Tomasz Soltyka

 Justin Agbayani

 Santa Clara University

 6-4, 6-2

 #6 Singles

 Vince Menon

 Jonathan Poon

 UC Irvine

 6-1, 6-0

 #1 Doubles

 Ilya Osintsev
 John Lamble

 Shuhei Shibahara
 Jonathan Hammel

 Santa Clara University

 8-6

 #2 Doubles

 Ashot Khacharyan
 Tom Pham

 Jacob Jung
 Ryan Cheung

 UC Irvine

 8-3

 #3 Doubles

 Logan Chun
 Tomasz Soltyka

 Tyler Pham
 Jonathan Poon

 Santa Clara University

 8-6