Bronco Men's Tennis Edged 4-3 by University of the Pacific; Host Northern Arizona Sunday

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Despite their strong efforts, the Bronco men's tennis team came up just short against University of the Pacific on Saturday. Santa Clara fell 4-3, with the difference coming at No. 1 doubles where the Tigers edged SCU 10-8 in a competitive tiebreaker. The loss snapped the Broncos undefeated streak at home – they are now 7-1 at the Degheri Tennis Center -- and their record dropped to 10-5 overall.

The Broncos will look to rebound Sunday at 11 am as they host the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. NAU is 2-10 on the season and the Lumberjacks have lost six matches in a row.

In doubles, Santa Clara put up an excellent fight but ultimately couldn't convert. The No. 2 doubles pairing of Ilya Osintsev, who missed last Wednesday's match vs. Furman due to illness, and Ashot Khacharyan made quick work of their Pacific opponents, 8-3.  It was the first time the duo had appeared in a match together, and Osintsev hung tough despite lingering sickness.

With Pacific winning No. 3 doubles, the match came down to the top doubles pairs. John Lamble and Tom Pham forced a tiebreaker, and then fought valiantly to set up match point after falling behind 5-1. Pacific came up with some big shots when it mattered most, however, prevailing 10-8 in a very tight contest that could have gone either way.

In singles, No. 66 Lamble triumphed 6-1, 6-3 for his seventh consecutive win (14-9 overall). Since a brutal five-match stretch against top 50 opponents where he went 1-4, Lamble has been on a tear and has not dropped a match in exactly one month.

Khacharyan continued his outstanding run with a 6-0, 7-5 win at No. 3. The freshman from Russia is 11-2 and has won nine of his past ten matches. Pham recorded a 6-1, 7-5 final for his team-leading 16th win of the season (16-6 overall).

Pacific closed the door with wins at No. 2, No. 5 and No. 6 singles for its third consecutive victory.

 Position

 Santa Clara University

 University of the Pacific (California)

 Winner

 Score

 #1 Singles

 #66 John Lamble

 Alex Golding

 Santa Clara University

 6-1, 6-3

 #2 Singles

 Ilya Osintsev

 Sem Verbeek

 University of the Pacific (California)

 6-2, ret

 #3 Singles

 Ashot Khacharyan

 Denis Stolyarov

 Santa Clara University

 6-0, 7-5

 #4 Singles

 Tom Pham

 Ben Mirkin

 Santa Clara University

 6-1, 7-5

 #5 Singles

 Tomasz Soltyka

 Daniel Alameh

 University of the Pacific (California)

 7-5, 6-2

 #6 Singles

 Logan Chun

 Erik Cederwall

 University of the Pacific (California)

 6-1, 6-0

 #1 Doubles

 John Lamble
 Tom Pham

 Denis Stolyarov
 Sem Verbeek

 University of the Pacific (California)

 9-8

 #2 Doubles

 Ashot Khacharyan
 Ilya Osintsev

 Alex Hamilton
 Alex Golding

 Santa Clara University

 8-3

 #3 Doubles

 Logan Chun
 Tomasz Soltyka

 Daniel Alameh
 Erik Cederwall

 University of the Pacific (California)

 8-2