(San Francisco, CA) - Freshman William Schumacher earned a singles victory Wednesday as the USF men's team dropped at 5-2 decision to No. 41 Hawai'i at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. The victory at the No. 6 position marked the second of the spring for Schumacher.
"Our guys proved today that they are ready to take down a nationally ranked team," said head coach Peter Bartlett. "We had many opportunities and the University of Hawaii team did a good job of hanging in there a little longer than us. We had the momentum early with the doubles point win from #2, #1 and let some opportunities go that hurt us in the end. Our guys showed that they are a top team today that is due for a big win."
USF (1-2) jumped out to an early lead in doubles play, taking the top two points. Thai Tu and Asaf Cohen defeated the Warriors' Dennis Lajola and Jeremy Tweedt, 9-7, at the top spot. The Dons' earned the doubles point thanks to the efforts of Mark DeCastro and Einar Hart, who downed Phillipp Eberhard and Andreas Weber 8-4 at No. 2. Schumacher and Rainer Nachbauer were unable to secure the sweep for USF, falling at No. 3 to Daniel Llarenas and Leo Rosenberg 8-3.
Schumacher was the lone Don to earn a singles point, thanks to a sweep of Llaernas at the No. 6 position, 6-0, 6-1. Cohen and DeCastro each forced three sets in their respective matches. Cohen fell behind early to Tweedt but rebounded in the second set to force a third. The senior was unable to carry the momentum, though, falling 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. DeCastro earned the victory in the opening set but stumbled to fall to Eberhard 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
San Francisco will return to the courts Sunday when it travels to Fresno State. First serve is scheduled for 5 p.m.
No. 41 Hawai'i 5, USF 2
Olympic Club - San Francisco
1 - Thai Tu/Asaf Cohen (USF) def. Dennis Lajola/Jeremy Tweedt (UH) - 9-7
2 - Mark DeCastro/Einar Hart (USF) def. Phillipp Eberhard/Andreas Weber (UH) - 8-4
3 - Daniel Llarnas/Leo Rosenberg (UH) def. William Schumacher/Rainer Nachbauer (USF) - 8-3
1 - Lajola (UH) def. Tu (USF) - 7-5, 7-6
2 - Weber (UH) def. Nachbauer (USF) - 6-2, 6-0
3 - Tweedt (UH) def. Cohen (USF) - 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
4 - Rosenberg (UH) def. Ola Bakke (USF) - 6-3, 6-3
5 - Eberhard (UH) def. DeCastro (USF) - 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
6 - Schumacher (USF) def. Llarenas 6-0,6-1