Men's Tennis Suffers 7-0 Defeat to #42 Santa Clara
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Gonzaga University men’s tennis team opened its West Coast Conference portion of the schedule Sunday with a 7-0 defeat to the 42nd-ranked Santa Clara University Broncos at the Stevens Center.
Gonzaga moves to 8-4 overall and 0-1 WCC.
The day began with tightly contested doubles matches. No. 1’s Jack Schoebel and Muzeen Ismath were in a back-and-forth affair with John Lamble and Ilya Osintsev until the SCU pair took it 8-6. At No. 2, Joey Brandt and Vladimir Mijatovic came up short 8-5 to Ashot Khacharyan and Sam Bertram.
No. 3 doubles between Nick Kamisar and Pablo Mosquera Pérez against Mikheil Khimadashvilli and Jesse Ross went unfinished as Santa Clara claimed the doubles point. When the match was called, the Broncos were leading 7-5.
The Zags remained competitive in each of the singles matches despite not claiming one.
Kamisar, playing as the No. 1 for the first time this season, gave SCU’s Lamble all he could handle. Nearly pushing the match to the third set tiebreak, Kamisar dropped 6-3, 7-5.
Mijatovic was in a battle of his own on court 2 against Osintsev. After almost taking the first set, the Gonzaga junior fell 7-6, 6-3.
Schoebel went under at No. 3 to Khacharyan 6-2, 6-3; Ismath took his match to the third set tiebreak before falling 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to Khmiadashvilli; Vicente Varas suffered a No. 5 defeat to Bertram 6-1, 6-2; and Mosquera dropped his first singles match of the spring 6-4, 6-4 to Ross.
Gonzaga will be idle for a week before its next contest. The Zags travel to Palm Springs, Calif., over spring break to face College of the Desert on Mar. 9. They follow that match with a contest against University of Hawai’I Mar. 12.