BYU men’s tennis falls to Saint Mary’s

Captain Francis Sargeant beat his opponent at No. 1 singles in the loss to Saint Mary's. (Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)
MORAGA, Calif. -- The BYU men’s tennis team fell behind early against Saint Mary’s, dropping a 4-3 decision in West Coast Conference action, Saturday.
 
The Cougars (7-10, 1-1 WCC) ran into trouble early as they dropped the doubles decision to the Gaels (6-6, 1-1 WCC).
 
No. 2 doubles team of Sterling Galli and Francis Sargeant fell first, 8-3, against Nathan Lewis and Thomas Hunt. Doubles duo Robin Pfister and Andrey Goryachkov countered with an 8-6 victory over Joakim Norstrom and Tuomas Manner. 
 
Third doubles team Matthew Pearce and Jacob Sullivan attempted to clinch the point, but fell to their opponents, 8-6.
 
In singles action, captain Sargeant put BYU on the board first as he closed out Norstrom in extended straight sets, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2).
 
After the win at first singles the match score was at 3-1 in favor of the Gaels. Then Goryachkov fell at the second slot in two hard-fought sets, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5.
 
The Cougars narrowed the margin at No. 5 and 6 singles. 
 
In the fifth slot, Matthew Pearce completed his second straight comeback win in singles. The freshman lost the first set 5-7 before swaying the momentum in tiebreakers in the second 7-6 (7-5). Pearce then claimed the victory in the shortened third set, 1-0 (10-4).
 
At sixth singles, Jacob Sullivan also won his second in a row with a three-set decision over Wil Martin, 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 1-0 (11-9).
 
BYU returns home for WCC matches against Loyola Marymount Friday at 1 p.m. MDT and No. 46 Pepperdine Saturday at 1 p.m. Live statistics will be available on the BYU athletics website.
 
 
 
Tennis Match Results
Brigham Young vs Saint Mary's College
Mar 22, 2014 at Moraga, Calif.
(Korth Tennis Complex)
 
Saint Mary's College 4, Brigham Young 3
 
 Singles competition
1. SARGEANT, Francis (BYU) def. Joakim Norstrom (SMC) 7-5, 7-6 (7-2)
2. Tuomas Manner (SMC) def. GORYACHKOV, Andrey (BYU) 7-6 (7-4), 7-5
3. Thomas Hunt (SMC) def. BOURGEOIS, Jeremy (BYU) 6-1, 6-4
4. Nathan Lewis (SMC) def. PFISTER, Robin (BYU) 6-3, 6-4
5. PEARCE, Matthew (BYU) def. Mathias Olsen (SMC) 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (10-4)
6. SULLIVAN, Jacob (BYU) def. Wil Martin (SMC) 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 1-0 (11-9)
 
 Doubles competition
1. GORYACHKOV, Andrey/PFISTER, Robin (BYU) def. Joakim Norstrom/Tuomas Manner (SMC) 8-6
2. Nathan Lewis/Thomas Hunt (SMC) def. GALLI, Sterling/SARGEANT, Francis (BYU) 8-3
3. Wil Martin/James Markiewicz (SMC) def. PEARCE, Matthew/SULLIVAN, Jacob (BYU) 8-6
 
Match Notes:
Brigham Young 7-10, 1-1 WCC
Saint Mary's College 6-6, 1-1 WCC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,3,1,2,5,6)