Carlos Lozano went 1-1 at the No. 1 singles spot in the Regional Tournament on Friday in Las Vegas. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- The BYU men's tennis team was able to win a big first-round match over in-state rival Utah before losing to San Diego State in the semifinals of the Region VII Team Indoor Tournament in Las Vegas on Friday.
"The win over Utah was an emotional win for us, but San Diego State was just too tough," said BYU head coach Jim Osborne. "It was the second match of the day for us and we just ran out of gas. It was tough for our guys."
The Cougars opened the tournament with a 4-3 win over the Utes. Utah was able to capture the doulbes point by winning two of the three doubles matches. But the Cougars came back in singles winning four of the six matches. Carlos Lozano continued his dominant pre-season play with a big win over Roeland Brateanu 7-6, 6-3 at the No. 1 spot. Teammates Erik Nyman, Jose Lechuga and Alonzo Medina supplied the other three single's wins.
After a tough first round match, BYU didn't have enough to beat top-seeded SDSU. The only win for the Cougars came in doubles with Jose Lechuga and Anton Rudjuk beating No. 28 nationally-ranked Felix Hardt and Valentino Pest at the No. 2 spot. The Aztecs won the other two doubles matches to capture the doubles point.
In singles, SDSU quickly won three matches to win the match 4-0.
"Not winning the doubles point against San Diego State really deflated us," Osborne said. "But they are a great team and today they were just too tough."
The Cougars will play New Mexico on Saturday for a chance to finish third in the tournament.
1st Round Results - BYU def. Utah, 4-3
Carlos Lozano (BYU) def. Roeland Brateanu (UU) 7-6, 6-3
Erik Nyman (BYU) def. Daniel Lohff (UU) 6-3, 7-5
Tyler Poulson (UU) def. Anton Rudjuk (BYU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Jose Lechuga (BYU) def. Nick Coutts (UU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Tomasz Grzyb (UU) def. Jeff Olsen (BYU) 7-6, 6-1
Alonzo Medina (BYU) def. Kaisorn Chaichana (UU) 7-6, 6-4
Lozano/Nyman (BYU) and Brateanu/Grzyb (UU) DNF
Poulson/Coutts (UU) def. Rudjuk/Lechuga (BYU) 8-4
Lohff/Chaichana (UU) def. Olsen/Medina (BYU) 8-6
2nd Round Results - SDSU def. BYU, 4-0
Oliver Maiberger (SDSU) and Lozano (BYU) DNF
Felix Hardt (SDSU) and Nyman (BYU) DNF
Ryan Redondo (SDSU) def. Rudjuk (BYU) 6-3, 6-2
Jung (SDSU) def. Lechuga (BYU) 6-4, 6-3
Valentino Pest (SDSU) def. Olsen (BYU) 6-4, 6-3
Gabe Coren (SDSU) and Medina (BYU) DNF
Maiberger/Redondo (SDSU) def. Lozano/Nyman (BYU) 9-7
Rudjuk/Lechuga (BYU) def. Hardt/Pest (BYU) 9-8
Jung/Coren (SDSU) def. Olsen/Medina (BYU) 8-4