Cougars Play Well at Regional Tourney

Las Vegas, Nev. (October 28, 2001) - Gert Vilms and Carlos Lozano led a strong showing from BYU's men's tennis team at the ITA Region VII Championships in Las Vegas. Vilms and Lozano, the preseason No. 4 doubles team in the country, advanced all the way to the final before losing to Oliver Maiberger and Ryan Redondo of San Diego State, 8-5.

It was almost an all-BYU final as Jeff Harbach and Jeff Olsen advanced to the semi-finals, but the pair lost to Maiberger and Redondo, 8-6. It would have marked the second time Harbach and Olsen played against Vilms and Lozano in a final, as the two pairs met in the final of the BYU Invitational, with Vilms and Lozano taking that match.

Vilms led the Cougar charge in the singles competition. The No. 3 seed in the tournament, Vilms advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to No. 6 Marcus Berntson of Boise State, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Bernston lost to eventual champion Maiberger in the semi-finals in three sets.

The Cougars advanced two other players into the fourth round, but both Lozano and Anton Rudjuk lost their respective matches. Olsen advanced to the third round and Harbach and Jeremy Price lost in earlier rounds.

The Cougars have the week off, but will compete in the Rolex Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Dallas next week.


Gert Vilms (3)

Round One: BYE

Round Two: def. Carlsson (MSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

Round Three: def. Brock Berry (IDAHO) 6-4, 6-2

Round Four: def. Garza (UNM) 6-1, ,7-6 (3)

Round Five: lost to Marcus Berntson (BSU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Carlos Lozano (5)

Round One: BYE

Round Two: def. Rainey (AFA) 6-2, 6-1

Round Three: def. Nik Yip (UU) 6-3, 7-6 (7)

Round Four: lost to Coetzee (UNM) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Anton Rudjuk (15)

Round One: BYE

Round Two: def. Stuart (NAU) 6-3, 6-4

Round Three: def. David Mancinelli (AFA) 6-3, 6-1

Round Four: lost to Patel (DU) 7-6 (4), 7-5

Jeff Olsen

Round One: def. Jordon Butler 7-5, 7-6 (5)

Round Two: def. Silva (BSU) 6-3, 6-2

Round Three: lost to Bart Scott (UNM) 6-2, 6-1

Jeremy Price

Round One: BYE

Round Two: lost to Lohff (USU) 6-2, 6-3

Jeff Harbach

Round One: def. Braden Olsen (MSU) 6-0, 7-6 (3)

Round Two: lost to Schneiter (UNLV) 6-2, 6-3


Vilms/Lozano (1)

Round One: BYE

Round Two: def. John/Stuart (NAU) 8-3

Round Three: Not available

Round Four: def. Bouvier/Silva (BSU) 8-5

Round Five: Lost to Maiberger/Redondo (SDSU) 8-5

Harbach/Olsen (4)

Round One: BYE

Round Two: def. Lundstrom/Waal (NAU) 8-4

Round Three: Not Available

Round Four: Lost to Maiberger/Redondo (SDSU) 8-6


Round One: def. Devlin/Sokolic (MT) 8-5

Round Two: lost to Garza/Polasek (UNM) 9-8 (1)