Jan. 25, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. -
Sophomore Becker O'Shaughnessey
won a 6-5, 5-6, 6-5(3) battle to clinch Alabama's 4-3 victory against San Diego in men's tennis action on Saturday. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 4-1, while the Toreros drop to 0-2.
"This was a tremendous effort today by all the guys," said Alabama head coach George Husack. "It's so tough to come out a day after a physical and emotionally tough match like we had yesterday against Cal, but this is what builds confidence and belief. Today was about how we were going to respond, and we did just that. It feels great, and the guys should feel that way too."
Alabama had to overcome a 2-0 deficit after San Diego clinched the doubles point and won the first singles match. From there, senior Daniil Proskura and juniors Andrew Goodwin and Stuart Kenyon put the Tide on top, winning on their respective courts to give Alabama a 3-2 edge. Things would get interesting again as the Toreros' Romain Kalaydijian won in a third-set tiebreaker on court three over freshman Saxon Buehning to even the score. All eyes would turn to court two where O'Shaughnessey would deliver for the Tide.
Next up, Alabama heads to Austin, Texas, to take on the Longhorns on Saturday, Feb. 1. The match is slated to begin at 1 p.m. CT.
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