The University of La Verne men’s tennis team earned a sixth-place finish at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament held April 20-21 in Thousand Oaks.
In the first round of the tourney, No. 7 ULV lost to No. 2 Redlands on first day of the tournament, 5-0.
However the team came back with a momentous win over Whittier in the next round. The victory over the Poets 5-3 was very satisfying to the Leopards as they entered the match confident.
The win positioned the team into a fifth place match up against host Cal Lutheran.
“The highlight of tournament was beating Whittier,” said Steve Bergovoy, head coach. “We had lost to them during the season, but coming back and beating them when it mattered was that more satisfying for the team.”
However the Leopards fell short in their fifth place match against the Kingsmen, 5-0.
“I’m very happy with the results in this past weekend tournament,” said Kyle Fournier, senior captain on the men’s tennis team. “This is the best that we have done in the three years that I have played.”
The Leopards split their single’s matches against the Poets.
Junior Mario Backes was able to come back losing his first match 2-6, but pulled through with hard work and experience to back to back wins, 6-0, 6-0.
Singles’ player Richie Delgado and Sebastian Duroux were also victorious over Whittier.
Delgado had no problem with the Poets beating his opponent 6-0 in both his matches. Duroux also made no room for mistakes winning both of his matches 6-4.
“I was very happy when Mario came back to the team,” said Bergovoy. “He brought his leadership and experience to the game and for his team.”
ULV proceeded to take two out of three in the doubles matches.
Top doubles team Backes and Delgado shared in a big win in their match.
They trailed behind 5-1 early, but were able to shut out their opponent and climb back to win the match, 8-5.
Also the Leopards No. 3 doubles team composed of sophomore Adrian Laygo and junior Chris Weedon emerged victorious with a 8-3 win as well.
A selected few from the team were invited to the Ojai Tournament, the longest running amateur tournament in the nation.
Yet due to some injuries and other commitments some members from the men’s tennis will not be able to attend the tournament.
However the young and ambitious Laygo is attending the tournament for the first time.
“Look out for Adrian [Laygo] next year,” Bergovoy said. “He is hard working, passionate about the game and is great for the future of ULV men’s tennis.”
The team is also looking to bounce back with new head coach Don Flora, who will take over the team next season.
“Our season was a long hard fought season,” said Bergovoy. “The season results were due to the young, inexperienced team that we carried this year.”
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