UCCS beast MSU, CC behind improved doubles play
Behind great doubles play, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs won a pair of home matches. The Mountain Lions trounced Montana-State-Billings Yellowjackets 8-1 late Tuesday night and then turned around and beat Colorado College 6-3 on Wednesday afternoon.
The Mountain Lions went a combined 5-1 in doubles play, a part of their game that they had struggled with in the past.
"Doubles has become much more of a first priority for us at practice," said Eric Rivera who along with Jason Bisanti won both his doubles matches at the No. 3 spot.
Along with the extra practice, UCCS coach Matt Hays feels his team's improved doubles play can be attributed to the finding the right mixture of guys to play together.
"We are trying to arrange our teams to find guys who not only want to play together but whose games complement each other," said Hays.
The Mountain Lions swept the doubles portion of their match against the Yellowjackets and then went on to dominate singles as well.
Poor weather forced the Montana-State match to be moved from its originally scheduled time of 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the indoor courts at the Lynmar Racquet Club. With the match not ending until the wee hours of the morning, UCCS was forced to play CC on very little sleep.
"Last night was rough," said Rivera. "I got to bed around 4:00 a.m. Sometimes the weather doesn't comply with your schedule, but that's that sacrifice you have to make."
The Mountain Lions took a 2-1 lead after doubles then went on to win No. 1 through No. 4. in the singles to put the match away.
At No. 1 Sean Voorhies defeated Naren Clark 7-6, 6-0, at No. 2 Eric Rivera defeated Perry Wright 7-6, 1-0 (10-7). At No. 3 Travis Sellentin defeated Tim Maguire 6-3, 6-1 and at No. 4 Jason Schultz) defeated Alex Brandfon 6-0, 6-4.
Rivera knows that a win over a team like Colorado College, a squad that beat the Mountain Lions twice last season, is important for the team's confidence.
"CC is a very good team, they play very smart," said Rivera. "Beating them gives us a big boost heading into the rest of the season."
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