Ranked No. 36 in the nation last season with a 21-5 record and six conference victories, the Cougars return with seven letterwinners and two freshman recruits to carry on the success of 2009-2010.
Georgy Batrakov led last season with 31 wins, followed close behind by Thomas Shubert with 29 and Spencer Smith and Evan Urbina with 27 each. In doubles, Batrakov and Daniel Hwang raked in 21 victories and Smith and Urbina won 17. Shubert also recorded 17 victories with Cassidy Mears, who graduated in April.
The team had a successful fall season, with Shubert taking the singles title in the Utah Fall Tennis Classic and Urbina taking the singles title in the Utah Invitational. Hwang and Smith took the doubles title in the Utah Invitational.
BYU also had four players—freshman Patrick Kawka, Shubert, Smith and Urbina—go to the ITA All-American Championships.
The highlight of fall season was BYU’s showing at the ITA Mountain Regional Championships, where two Cougar teams made it to the doubles final. The teams faced off in Provo, with Shubert and Smith beating runners-up Kawka and Urbina. Urbina also made it to the semifinals in the tournament’s singles bracket.
Shubert and Smith went on to compete in the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in New York while their teammates went to the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships.
In California, Kawka defeated No. 2 seeded Daniel Kosakowski, one of the top recruits from 2010 and ranked No. 5 in the nation as a junior. Kawka and Urbina also defeated a duo from USC, the team that took the NCAA Championships title in 2009 and 2010.
The new year will bring matchups with in-state opponents Utah State and Weber State, followed by a trip to California to play UCLA, San Diego State and Stanford. The Cougars will also play Nevada, Denver, Boise State and University of Pacific.
BYU has two invitationals lined up for March, including the H.E.B. Invitational in Texas and the BYU Invitational.
In April, the team will go up against conference opponents leading up to the Mountain West Conference Championships in Denver.