Cassidy Mears and Jonathan Sanchez will compete for the Cougars in doubles this weekend. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- The No. 73 BYU men's tennis team plans to make the most out of its holiday weekend, traveling to California to play three matches in four days. The Cougars (4-1) return to the west coast to play College of the Desert, Loyola Marymount and Azusa Pacific.
A member of the California Community College division, College of the Desert has claimed the state championship title 12 of the past 16 seasons, including its most recent in 2007.
BYU was initially scheduled to face LMU on Jan. 26, but the schools were forced to reschedule due to inclement weather in southern California. Earlier in the fall season, BYU's Tyler Clonts and A.J. Young faced players from LMU at the So Cal Intercollegiate Tournament, posting a combined 2-0 record against the Lions.
At the same tournament, BYU's doubles teams of Daniel Hwang and Evan Urbina, along with Cassidy Mears and Jonathan Sanchez, recorded big wins against Azusa Pacific. The Cougars of APU currently hold a 4-0 record as a member of the NAIA and are coming off a 5-2 win over NCAA Division III's No. 4-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
BYU's match against College of the Desert will begin at 1 p.m. PT on Friday, with the match against Loyola Marymount at 12p.m. PT on Saturday. After a rest on Sunday, the Cougars resume play on Monday, facing Azusa Pacific at 10:45 a.m. PT.