DAYTON, Ohio - Saint Louis men's tennis picked up momentum for next weekend's Atlantic 10 Conference Championship with a 6-1 victory over Dayton Saturday.
The Billikens (7-12) won two of three doubles matches and five of six singles contests in toppling the Flyers (5-13).
SLU took a 1-0 lead with triumphs at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles. Joe Flanagan and Bobby Kidera won a 9-8 (13-11) thriller against Aidan Koross and Josh Malyon at No. 1. Vuk Poledica and Drew Feder breezed past Robert Salcedo and Joe West 8-2 at No. 2.
The Bills prevailed in two singles tilts that went to a super-tiebreaker. Poledica was a 6-3, 3-6, 10-5 winner over Malyon at No. 3, while Patrick Kella came from behind to defeat West 3-6, 6-4, 10-7 at No. 6.
Also, Kidera ousted Andrew Hanley 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2; Yehia El Sallaly topped Salcedo 6-3, 6-0 at No. 4; and Feder got past Colin Bernier 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5.The Billikens now await their seeding and first-round opponent for the A-10 Championship, scheduled for Friday through Sunday, April 13-15, in Mason, Ohio.