(Irvine, Calif.) - Thai Tu, Ola Bakke and Mark DeCastro each earned singles victories Sunday as the USF men's tennis team dropped at 4-3 decision at UC Irvine.
With the loss, the Dons evened their record for the spring at 1-1.
Irvine jumped out with an early lead, earning the doubles point. The Dons won just one spot, as Tu and Asaf Cohen earned an 8-6 victory at No. 1 over Zac Tsai and Khunpol Issara.
The Dons earned three points in singles play, thanks to victories at No. 1, 3 and 5. Tu earned his second victory of the season with a three-set win (2-6, 7-5, 6-1) over Fabian Matthews. Bakke earned his second career victory for USF at No. 2, defeating Shimpei Suzuki. DeCastro won his second consecutive singles match at No. 5, downing Steven Henderson 6-1, 6-3.
San Francisco will return to the courts Wednesday as they host Hawai'I at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
UC Irvine 4, San Francisco 3
No. 1 Thai Tu (USF) def. Fabian Matthews (UCI) 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
No. 2 Sam Gould (UCI) def. Asaf Cohen (USF) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 Ola Bakke (USF) def. Shimpei Suzuki (UCI) 6-1, 7-6
No. 4 Zac Tsai (UCI) def. Einar Hart (USF) 6-1, 6-3
No. 5 Mark DeCastro (USF) def. Steven Henderson (UCI) 7-5, 6-2
No. 6 Khunpol Issara (UCI) def. William Schumacher (USF) 7-5, 6-4
Singles Order of Finish: 5, 4, 1, 3, 6, 2
No. 1Tu/Cohen (USF) def. Tsai/Issara (UCI) 8-6
No. 2 Gould/Henderson (UCI) def. DeCastro/Hart (USF) 8-6
No. 3 Suzuki/ Jon Kazarian (UCI) def. Schumacher/Bakke (USF) 8-6