(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
SAN DIEGO – Playing in its first ever West Coast Conference Tennis Championships, the No. 4 seed BYU men’s tennis team routed No. 9 seed Gonzaga 4-0 on Wednesday to advance to the second round.
“We did a great job getting out on the doubles point,” BYU coach Brad Pearce said. “Our guys played well in singles also. Getting off the courts with a win today is what we were looking for. Now we’re looking forward to playing LMU tomorrow.”
The Cougars (15-8) took all three doubles matches over the Zags (8-13). The No. 86 nationally ranked doubles team of Georgy Batrakov and Patrick Kawka posted an 8-4 victory over their Court 1 opponent before freshman Keaton Cullimore and senior Michael Eraso finished on Court 3 with the same score. Playing on Court 2, junior Spencer Smith and freshman Francis Sargeant held their opponents to winning only one game in their 8-1 win.
BYU carried its solid play into singles, where the Cougars quickly grabbed the first three matches to secure the win. No. 61 Batrakov took a 6-2, 6-1 decision over Alvaro Nazal on Court 1 while No. 118 Kawka topped Olivier Jami 6-3, 6-1. At No. 4 singles, Cullimore followed suit with a straight set victory (6-3, 6-2) over Zhia Hwa Chong.
With the Cougars already advancing, the remaining three matches were not finished.
BYU next faces No. 8 seed San Francisco Thursday at 9:30 a.m. PDT at the Barnes Tennis Center in the second round. The Dons (5-16) upset No. 5 seed LMU in its first round matchup (4-3). The Cougars' conference match against San Francisco earlier this season was cancelled due to weather.
The winner of the Tennis Championships will be crowned Saturday and will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Follow tournament updates at WCC Tennis Tournament Central.
Men’s First Round
#4 BYU – 4
#9 Gonzaga – 0
1. Georgy Batrakov/Patrick Kawka (BYU) def. Scott Sullivan/Zhia Hwa Chong (GON), 8-4
2. Francis Sargeant/Spencer Smith (BYU) def. Vladimir Mijatovic/Olivier Jamin (GON), 8-1
3. Keaton Cullimore/Michael Eraso (BYU) def. Jake Davis/Muzeen Ismath (GON), 8-4
1. Georgy Batrakov (BYU) def. Alvaro Nazal (GON) 6-2, 6-1
2. Spencer Smith (BYU) vs. Levin Guillermo (GON) DNF
3. Patrick Kawka (BYU) def. Olivier Jami (GON) 6-3, 6-1
4. Keaton Cullimore (BYU) def. Zhia Hwa Chong (GON) 6-3, 6-2
5. Francis Sargeant (BYU) vs. Vladimir Mijatovic (GON) DNF
6. Michael Eraso (BYU) vs. Scott Sullivan (GON) DNF