April 12, 2007
Bearcats Suffer 7-2 Loss To Benedictine
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - ( L 7-2) No. 35 Northwest Missouri State men's tennis lost it's second match in row, dropping a 7-2 decision to Benedictine (Kan.) today in St. Joseph, Mo. The Bearcats now stand at 10-5 while Benedictine, the 12th ranked team in the NAIA, improves to 8-3.
Northwest gathered both points in singles competition, where sophomore Daniel Usieto won 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 over Sergey Plotnikov in No. 1 singles. Usieto, ranked ninth in regional rankings, has now won four of his last five matches. Junior Lucas Ariboni provided the other Bearcat point in No. 5 singles, defeating Pablo Montesi 6-2, 1-6, 7-6. Ariboni and Usieto provided the closest finish in the doubles action, falling in a 7-5 tiebreaker to Robert Hikel and Cristian Garcia in a 9-8 match at No. 2 doubles.
The men will be in action again with the women on April 17 at Truman State in a rescheduled match from March 23. First serve from Kirksville, Mo., will be at 12 p.m.
NOTES: With the loss on April 6 to East Central (Okla.), this marks the first time since April 14, 2006 that the men have lost back-to-back matches ... Benedictine has now won the past two matches against Northwest, moving the overall series record to 4-2 in favor of the Bearcats.
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