Men Open Conference Play on Road

Senior Jonathan Sanchez will lead the Cougars as they open MWC play on Thursday (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The BYU men's tennis team heads to Las Vegas this weekend to open Mountain West Conference play against UNLV, No. 31 TCU and Air Force. After suffering a 4-3 home loss to UC Irvine on Tuesday, the Cougars hope to improve on their 12-7 record.

The Rebels of UNLV are coming off a 7-0 loss to No. 40 California last week, falling to 6-8 on the year. BYU dropped both of its matches against the Rebels last season, once in the regular season and once at the conference tournament.

TCU is currently 13-5 overall this season and is led by senior Cosmin Cotet, who is ranked No. 29 in singles play. Cotet is also nationally ranked at No. 45 with doubles partner Kriegler Brink. The Horned Frogs remains unbeaten against BYU, holding a 6-0 advantage in the series record.

The Air Force Academy enters the weekend with a 10-8 overall record, after winning its final home match of the season against University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The Cougars are scheduled to play UNLV at 2 p.m. PT on Thursday. BYU will then face TCU and Air Force at 10 a.m. PT on Friday and Saturday, respectively. All matches will be played at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.