Cougars Split Matches at Boise Invite

Freshman Evan Urbina recorded a 2-0 singles record for BYU on Friday. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

BOISE -- The BYU men's tennis team split its two matches played at the Boise State Spring Break Invitational on Friday. After a convincing 4-2 win over Nevada early in the morning, the Cougars advanced to the semi-final round, but fell 4-1 to No. 65 Wichita State. BYU is now 11-6 on the season.

In the first round against Nevada, Thomas Shubert and Daniel Hwang dropped their first sets in singles play, only to come back and force third sets to win. The freshmen posted wins on the second and fourth courts, respectively.

A.J. Young also won a tough three-set match, his against Guerin Smith at the No. 6 position (6-1, 4-6, 6-1), as Evan Urbina handily defeated Gabe Kanzelmeyer 6-3, 6-1.

No doubles matches were played in this match.

Against Wichita State, who has suffered only one loss on the season, the Cougars' lone win came at the hands of Urbina. The Huntington Beach native downed his opponent in straight sets (6-4, 6-2) for the second match of the day.

At No. 1 singles, senior Jonathan Sanchez dropped a 7-5, 6-0 match to Tiago Espirito Santo. Hwang and Cassidy Mears suffered the Cougars' other two losses in singles play.

In doubles, Sanchez and Young teamed up for an 8-3 win over the Shocker's No. 1 duo of Espirito Santo and Adrian Chermaci. Shubert and Hwang lost a close 8-5 match on the second court, while Urbina and Mears were edged out 8-6 at No. 3.

Tomorrow the Cougars take on Yale in the semi-finals back draw at 11 a.m. MT.

RESULTS

BYU def. Nevada, 4-2

March 21, 2008 - Boise, Idaho

Singles

1. L. Garcin (UNR) def. J. Sanchez (BYU) 6-2, 6-0

2. T. Shubert (BYU) def. B. David (UNR) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3

3. A. Daruty (UNR) def. C. Mears (BYU) 6-0, 6-1

4. D. Hwang (BYU) def. K. Kuharszky (UNR) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

5. E. Urbina (BYU) def. G. Kanzelmeyer (UNR) 6-3, 6-1

6. A. Young (BYU) def. G. Smith (UNR) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1

Doubles

1. Sanchez/A. Young (BYU) vs. David/Smith (UNR) no result

2. Hwang/Shubert (BYU) vs. Garcin/Myard(UNR) no result

3. Urbina/Mears (BYU) vs. Kuharszky/Kanzelmeyer (UNR) no result

Wichita State def. BYU, 4-1

March 21, 2008 - Boise, Idaho

Singles competition

1. T. Espirito Santo (WSU) def. J. Sanchez (BYU) 7-5, 6-0

2. T. Shubert (BYU) vs. A. Ballesta (WSU) no result

3. T. Dos Santos (WSU) def. C. Mears (BYU) 6-3, 7-6

4. J. Obrist (WSU) def. D. Hwang (BYU) 6-3, 6-2

5. E. Urbina (BYU) def. A. Chermaci (WSU) 6-4, 6-2

6. A. Young (BYU) vs. M. Teivans (WSU) no result

Doubles competition

1. Sanchez/A. Young (BYU) def. Espirito Santo/Chermaci (WSU) 8-3

2. Dos Santos/Ballesta (WSU) def. Shubert/Hwang (BYU) 8-5

3. Obrist/Gardner (WSU) def. Urbina/Mears (BYU) 8-6

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