FRESNO - UC Santa Cruz lost their opening dual meet of the season to Division I contender Fresno State 7-0 on Sunday. Despite the step up, coach Mike Napoli was impressed how his team did against tough competition.
"They are a top 60 team, but we played well against them in singles," Napoli said of a Bulldog team full of international talent.
At No. 2 singles Chad Le Duff came close to a win against former Davis Cup competitor Mantas Bugailiskis, dropping the match 6-4, 6-4. After dropping one set, Ryan Dugan almost forced a third against former European U-16 champion Cern Erturk before Erturk came back to win the second set 7-5.
The Banana Slugs play another Division I opponent next when they play at Santa Clara Sunday morning.
|1||Chad Stone lost to Xander Veys 2-6, 3-6|
|2||Chad Le Duff lost to Mantas Bugailiskis 4-6, 4-6|
|3||A.J. Flora lost to Jeremy Moser 3-6, 1-6|
|4||Ryan Dugan lost to Cern Erturk 0-6, 5-7|
|5||Ryan Gee lost to Henrique Osorio 1-6, 2-6|
|6||Sarthak Saxena lost to Bailey Gong 3-6, 1-6|
|1||Stone/Dugan lost to Veys/Bugailiskis 1-6|
|2||Flora/Le Duff lost to Moser/Erturk 2-6|
|3||Gee/Saxena lost to Gong/Osorio 1-6|