Men's tennis thumps CSU-Pueblo
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs retained its lead in the Steel and Silver Series at the schools split a tennis doubleheader Wednesday at Pueblo's City Park.
The Mountain Lion men defeated the Thunderwolves 8-1 while the CSU-Pueblo women topped UCCS 7-2.
UCCS came into Wednesday leading the rivalry series with its southern neighbor 6-0 by virtue of victories in men's soccer and women's volleyball, worth two points each, and two wins in golf, which are worth one point each. UCCS now leads the series 8-2.
In Wednesday's competition, UCCS swept all six singles matches, dropping only a single set. Sean Voorhies remained unbeaten (3-0) for the Mountain Lions at No. 1 singles, topping Brandon Beauvais 6-4, 7-6 (10-8).
Also without a loss, albeit at 2-0, are Eric Rivera, who topped Greg Greenwood 6-1, 6-2, and Josh Johnson, who beat Mitch Joyce 6-2, 6-2.
The emergence of Johnson could provide the Mountain Lions with a huge boost down the road. A transfer from Division I The Citadel, Johnson possesses a formidable power game. Last season, though, he posted only a 3-7 record.
A big part of the reason he's unbeaten thus far this year is because he's harnessing his power rather than become frustrated if it isn't working. On Wednesday, for example, he identified his strengths quickly.
"It usually only takes about a game to figure it out and then you realize what you need to do and start changing things," said Johnson. "My ground strokes weren't the best today but my serve and volley was definitely on so I decided to come in a lot of the time and that's how I won most of the points."
He started his match with a service break. After that, he rolled to a 5-0 lead in the first set and cruised to the win.
"Once you break (your opponent), you're already in a groove," said Johnson. "You're pumped because you already got the break."
Jason Schultz and Rivera, coming off an impressive performance at the ITA Division II North Central Region Doubles Championships, continued to click with a dominant 8-3 win over Greg Greenwood and Chris Williams at No. 2 doubles.
Jason Bisanti and Marc Knutila teamed at No. 3 doubles to top CSU-Pueblo's Kyle Eades and Jesse Hartman 8-5. UCCS led 2-1 after doubles play.
Bisanti, Schultz, Rivera and Knutila all also won their singles matches.
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