SANTA CRUZ - In their home opener, UC Santa Cruz's men's tennis team dropped a thrilling 5-4 dual match against Sonoma State that went over three hours.
UCSC split the first two singles matches, but Sonoma rallied to take the overall match by winning three singles contests. Dugan forced a third set at No.5 and A.J. Flora was up 4-3 in his second set before retiring for injury.
The last match to finish was at No. 3 singles, when Magnus Ibh held off a furious rally by Sonoma's Allen Lock to win in straight sets.
The Banana Slugs play their first Division III opponents of spring next weekend when they go to so. Cal to face Cal Lutheran and Whittier.
|1||Chad Stone/Ryan Dugan beat N. Oppenheim/S. Alves||9-8 (7-3)|
|2||AJ Flora/Magnus Ibh beat I. Pissarenko/A. Lock||8-6|
|3||M. Nudell/A. Wong beat Chad LeDuff/Ryan Gee||8-4|
|1||Nate Oppenheim beat Chad Stone||6-3,6-0|
|2||Chad Le Duff beat Sean Alves||6-3,6-3|
|3||Magnus Ibh beat Allan Lock||6-3,7-5|
|4||Max Nudell beat AJ Flora||6-1, 3-4 (retired)|
|5||Igor Pissarenko beat Ryan Dugan||6-4, 4-6, 6-1|
|6||Alec Wong beat Ryan Gee||6-4, 6-2|