May 9, 2007
Bearcat Men End Season in 5-0 Loss to UC-San Diego in NCAA National Tournament
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - (L 5-0) The No. 32 Northwest Missouri State men's tennis team ended its season in a 5-0 loss to No. 9 California-San Diego this morning in the opening round of the NCAA National Championships at Sanlando Park. The men finish with a 15-7 record in their fourth NCAA National Tournament appearance.
Senior Pablo Acebedo and sophomore Daniel Usieto nearly pulled a win at No. 2 doubles but fell 10-8 in the tiebreaker in a 9-8 loss to Seth Spector and Steven Oechel. Both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches were dropped in 8-2 scores. The Bearcats were swept in doubles for the first time since April 12.
Usieto dropped No. 1 singles in straight sets at 6-2, 6-2 to Eric Rebens in the first singles match completed to allow UC-San Diego to take a 4-0 team lead. Junior Jake Saulsbury fell in No. 6 singles 6-1, 6-2 to Kazumi Negishi in the final match played to completion. In all four unfinished singles matches, the Bearcats dropped the first set, but freshman Felipe Gennari was leading Brandon Low 4-3 in the second set at No. 4 singles and senior Chris Smith was tied with Spector 4-4 in No. 3 singles.
The Northwest women will begin national tournament play against Hawaii-Pacific at 3 p.m. CST in a change from the original 12:30 p.m. CST start time earlier announced.
NOTES: Northwest moves to 0-4 in the national tournament … The meeting with the Tritons was the first in school history … The past three national tournament exits for the Bearcats have been in 5-0 decisions ... Acebedo ends his career tied for 10th in career doubles victories with 52.
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