No. 10 seed Spencer Smith and Francis Sargeant reached the semifinals of the ITA Mountain Region Championships before falling to the top seed, 8-5. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
LAS VEGAS – The BYU men’s tennis team ended its run in the ITA Mountain Region Championships Saturday in Las Vegas.
Three Cougar duos represented BYU in the quarterfinals of the doubles main draw Saturday. Freshman Francis Sargeant and junior Spencer Smith advanced for the Cougars to the semifinals.
No. 10-seed Sargeant and Smith upset the No. 5-seeded duo of Enei Bonin and Jens Vorkefeld from Denver, 8-6, to secure a spot in the semifinals. The BYU duo then faced New Mexico’s Phil Anderson and Jadon Phillips but were unable to top the No. 1 seed, falling 8-5.
Weber State’s Oliver Good and Simon Unger slipped past No. 3-seed sophomore Patrick Kawka and senior Georgy Batrakov, 8-6, in the quarterfinals.
Freshman Keaton Cullimore and senior Michael Eraso fell to Marius Cirstea and Andrew Dobbs of Idaho, 8-4, in the quarterfinals to end their tournament run.
The singles and doubles finals will be played Sunday at the Darling Tennis Center.
The Mountain Regional Championship is one of 12 USTA/ITA Regional Championships for NCAA Division I men's tennis taking place over the next two weekends of October at campuses throughout the country. The singles and doubles champions from each regional advance to the 2011 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships Nov. 3-6 at the indoor facilities at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
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