Men’s Tennis Grabs Two Big Sky Victories In Hurricane, Improves Winning Streak To Seven Matches

In one day the Thunderbird men’s tennis team doubled their all-time Big Sky Conference victory number, as the T-Birds were able to knock off North Dakota and Northern Colorado on Friday to improve to 2-2 in conference play.

The matches were moved to Hurricane High School due to weather concerns in Cedar City.

SUU’s match against North Dakota started on Thursday, and concluded on Friday after a delay. The Thunderbirds won all but one singles match to top the Fighting Hawks for the first time in the program history.

The Thunderbirds knocked off Northern Colorado for the first time ever on Friday as well, securing a 5-2 victory.

With the pair of victories the T-Birds have moved to 9-5 on the season, greatly improving on the 4-16 record the team reached in Sadhaf Pucher’s first year as head coach.

The Thunderbirds will head into their next match riding a seven-match winning streak, which is the longest in the history of the program.

Words From Coach Pucher

On completing the Big Sky sweep…

“We had some rough weather conditions against UND and I feel like we stayed composed in a very tough playing environment,” Pucher said. “The match took two days to finish and we had  two hour turn around to be ready to play a very competitive UNC team. We had a great start in doubles and singles, the guys didn’t let either team get back in the match after clinching the doubles point.”

On her biggest take away…

“Our turn around is fast and we will have to get ready for the second best team on our schedule. But we are really going to take today and enjoy these two big conference wins.”

Next Up

The Thunderbirds will host the College of Charleston in Cedar City on Monday.

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Southern Utah 6, North Dakota 1

Doubles Competition

  1. Conor Tordoff/Jonathan Morales (SUU) vs. Daniel Martinez/Lukas Buth (UND) 5-4 (DNF)

  2. Pablo Guerra Garcia De Celis/Guy Feigin (SUU) def. Annei Laska/Alex Mailes (UND) 6-2

  3. Agustin Tamagnone/Remus Cope (SUU) def. Ben Yeacker/Davide Callegari (UND) 6-1

Singles Competition

  1. Conor Tordoff (SUU) def. Lukas Buth (UND) 6-2, 6-4

  2. Jonathan Morales (SUU) def. Annei Laska (UND) 6-0, 6-0

  3. Agustin Tamagnone (SUU) def. Daniel Martinez (UND) 6-2, 6-1

  4. Guy Feigin (SUU) def. Davide Callegari (UND) 3-6, 6-4, 10-6

  5. Pablo Guerra Garcia De Celis (SUU) def. Alex Mailes (UND) 6-2, 6-3

  6. Jose Ortega (SUU) def. Ben Yeacker (UND) 6-1, 6-3

Match Notes

Order of Finish

Doubles: 3, 2

Singles: 6, 2, 5, 3, 1, 4

Southern Utah 5, Northern Colorado 2

Doubles Competition

  1. Conor Tordoff/Jonathan Morales (SUU) def. Connor Finerty/Cassell King (UNC) 6-2

  2. Pablo Guerra Garcia De Celis/Guy Feigin (SUU) def. Tommy Smalley/Kyle Pease (UNC) 6-4

  3. Agustin Tamagnone/Remus Cope (SUU) def. Michael Kritzinger/Nick Wade (UNC) 6-2

Singles Competition

  1. Connor Finerty (UNC) def. Conor Tordoff (SUU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

  2. Kyle Pease (UNC) def. Jonathan Morales (SUU) 6-3, 6-4

  3. Agustin Tamagnone (SUU) def. Michael Kritzinger (UNC) 6-1, 6-0

  4. Guy Feigin (SUU) def. Nick Wade (UNC) 6-3, 6-2

  5. Pablo Guerra Garcia De Celis (SUU) def. Tommy Smalley (UNC) 6-1, 6-2

  6. Jose Ortega (SUU) def. Alex Exsted (UNC) 6-2, 4-6, 10-6

Match Notes

Order of Finish

Doubles: 1, 3, 2

Singles: 5, 3, 4, 2, 1, 6

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