Ivan Kokurin played brilliantly in the Cougar loss, beating Max Taylor in three sets 6-4, 5-7, 6-1. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
SANTA BARBARA -- After taking the doubles point convincingly, the No.63 BYU men's tennis team (2-1) allowed Santa Barbara (3-0) to rally to a 4-3 victory Monday afternoon. The loss is the first of the regular season for BYU.
The Cougars took control of the match early, and looked to be well on their way, taking all three doubles matches, clinching the doubles point and jumping out to the early 1-0 lead. All three doubles teams played great tennis for BYU, with the biggest victory coming from Chip Hand and Jonathan Sanchez on court No. 2 where they beat Carsten Thorsten and Scott Hohenstein handily 8-3.
With the lead in hand BYU entered the singles matches looking for the same results they had seen in doubles. However, Santa Barbara had no plans of going down easy, as they turned the match into a very competitive battle. The competition was fierce, as demonstrated by the scores; three of the six matches went the full three sets and the match showcased four tiebreakers. BYU pulled out its two singles victories courtesy of James Ludlow and Ivan Kokurin. Ludlow took down Nick Brotman on the No. 1 court 7-5, 1-6, 6-3, while Kokurin beat Max Taylor 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 in a three-set thriller of his own. Those wins were not enough, though, and the Gauchos were able to rally and win the deciding match when Anders Dalskov beat Jose Lechuga 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 and walk away with the win.
The Cougars now head to Los Angeles where they will face the No. 5 UCLA Bruins Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m. PST.
No.63 BYU v.s. Santa Barbara
Jan. 23, 2006
Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara 4 BYU 3
1. James Ludlow (BYU) def. Nick Brotman (UCSB) 7-5, 1-6, 6-3
2. Elad Stern (UCSB) def. Chip Hand (BYU) 7-6, 7-6
3. Carsten Thorstensen (UCSB) def. Dominik Kaufhold (BYU)7-6, 6-3
4. Bijan Hijazi (UCSB) def. Jonathon Sanchez (BYU) 6-1, 7-6
5. Anders Dalskov (UCSB) def. Jose Lechuga (BYU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
6. Ivan Kokurin (BYU) def. Max Taylor (UCSB) 6-4, 5-7, 6-1
1. Lechuga/Ludlow (BYU) def. Brotman/Dalskov (UCSB) 8-6
2. Hand/Sanchez (BYU) def. Thorstensen/Scott Hohenstein (UCSB 8-3
3. Kaufkold/Kokurin (BYU) def. Bijazi/Stern (UCSB) 8-5