Men at Regional Playoff, Women on Home Courts

Sophomore transfer Cale Planck will look to use his big serve to help the Cougars win the regional playoff in Boise. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Both the BYU men's (No. 73) and women's (No. 30) tennis teams will be in action this weekend as the men travel to Boise for a regional playoff Saturday and the women open their season at home with matches against the University of Denver and Washington.

The men's team opened their season on Jan. 13 at home with a sweep of the Weber State Wildcats in preparation for the regional playoff, an opportunity earned after taking second place to Boise State at the Regional Championships during the fall season. The team will face off against New Mexico in the early match, and Boise State will match up against the UNLV. The winners of those two matches will face each other that afternoon.

"We had a good preparation here against Weber State, and I feel like we have a good chance in Boise," team captain Dominik Kaufhold said. "We're looking solid."

The women's team won the regional championships in the fall season and is looking to continue flexing its muscle with back-to-back matches against tough competition.

"This is going to be a tough first match for us and we need to be ready," head coach Craig Manning said. "We just can't wait to get the season going. You can only prepare so much."

The women's match on Friday will begin at 4 p.m. and Saturday's match will kick off at noon. The BYU Indoor Tennis Facility is located on the Brigham Young University campus, directly south of the Smith Fieldhouse and directly east of the soccer field. Admission to the match is free. BYU "Y lot" parking (yellow signs) is open after 4 p.m. on Friday to those without BYU parking passes, and all lots are open to the public on Saturday.