Men's tennis season ends at RMACS
The UCCS men's tennis team saw it season come to an end with a loss to Nebraska-Kearney in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Semifinals.
UCCS started off the tournament with an early morning win over fifth-seeded Metro State. UCCS won five singles matches (three them in three sets) to come back and knock-off Metro State 6-3.
The win avenged a 6-3 loss the Mountain Lions suffered to Metro State earlier in the season.
"We played probably our worst match of the season against Metro (earlier in the season)," said Mountain Lion coach Matt Hays. "But today was much different, we really peaked at the right time."
The Mountain Lions got a big boost from Eric Rivera who's injured ankle had kept him out of the past three matches. Rivera, who was far from 100 percent, decided to play anyway, coming away with a pair of wins against the Roadrunners. Rivera and Jason Bisanti teamed up to get UCCS' lone win in doubles.
Down 2-1, the Mountain Lions quickly earned two points in singles to edge back into a 3-2 lead. Both Travis Sellentin and Josh Johnson earned straight sets wins to give UCCS its first lead of the match.
It would be quite a while before the next point went on the board, as the four remaining singles matches went to a third set.
Rivera carded the fourth point for UCCS, topping Metro State's James Schumacher, 4-6, 7-6, 6-0 at No. 2.
"Eric played his best tennis of the season and he did it on an ankle he could barely walk on," said Hays. "What he did was amazing."
Jason Schultz finished things off, earning a 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 win over Metro State's Will Meyer to clinch the win.
With the victory UCCS advanced to play the top-seeded Nebraska-Kearney Lopers who were coming off a first-round bye.
The fully rested Lopers needed just six matches to secure the victory as they dominated the Mountain Lions 5-1.
Travis Sellentin and Jason Schultz teamed up at No. 2 doubles for UCCS, securing the Mountain Lions' only victory, 8-2.
"(Sellentin and Schultz) played really well," said Hays.
Up 2-1 after doubles, UNK was able to post straight set victories in three singles matches to seal the win and knock the Mountain Lions out of the tournament.
Hays pointed out that fatigue became a factor for UCCS, and he hopes that next year his team can be the one to receive a first-round bye.
"We to just have to work hard in the off-season and see if win can win the RMAC next year instead of coming in third or fourth," said Hays.
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