Freshman Roman Warias earned a singles and doubles win against Loyola Marymount Friday. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- The No. 63 BYU men’s tennis team breezed past Loyola Marymount 7-0 Friday, it’s second win in two days. The squad remains a perfect 7-0 while playing at home this season.
“Our guys are comfortable at home,” BYU coach Brad Pearce said. “We get great crowd support, and they thrive on that energy.”
Doubles play belonged to the Cougars again. The team swept all three matches to earn the point and the early advantage. Cassidy Mears and Evan Urbina were the first to strike, with an 8-3 win on court three.
Victories by sophomore duo Daniel Hwang and Thomas Shubert and freshman pair Georgy Batrakov and Roman Warias concluded another dominant doubles performance by the Cougars.
In singles, Shubert and Urbina recorded wins to bring BYU one point away from the win. Both players gave up only two games in their respective matches en route to straight-set victories. Mears extended his winning streak to seven matches and clinched the win for the Cougars on court four.
Warias won his first set, but LMU’s Ivan Lopez came back to take the second. The two went back-and-forth before Warias edged out Lopez in the third set tiebreak to earn BYU’s fifth point of the match.
Travis Fillmore and A.J. Young closed things out for the Cougars with wins on courts five and six respectively. Young came back from one set down to complete the sweep for BYU.
“This is great preparation for our back-to-back three match weekends in the next two weeks,” Pearce said.
The Cougars will play their last home match of the season Saturday against Montana State. The match begins at 3 p.m. at the BYU Indoor Courts, south of the Smith Fieldhouse.
Admission is free, and the team will provide pizza and prizes for fans. All BYU “Y Lot” parking lots are open to the public all day Saturday.
No. 63 BYU-7
1. Batrakov/Warias (BYU) def. Malet/Maggi (LMU) 8-6
2. Hwang/Shubert (BYU) def. Berhof/Bazula (LMU) 8-2
3. Mears/Urbina (BYU) def. Lopez/Von Der Ahe (LMU) 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
1. R. Warias (BYU) def. I. Lopez (LMU) 6-4, 2-6, 10-8
2. T. Shubert (BYU) def. J. Berhof (LMU) 6-1, 6-1
3. E. Urbina (BYU) def. R. Maggi (LMU) 6-0, 6-2
4. C. Mears (BYU) def. G. Bazula (LMU) 6-2, 6-4
5. A. Young (BYU) def. B. Malet (LMU) 3-6, 6-3, 10-7
6. T. Fillmore (BYU) def. A. Andresian (LMU) 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: 2, 3, 4, 1, 6, 5