Men's Tennis Heads to Regional Championship

The men's tennis team will travel to the Mountain Region Championships this week. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- As the fall tournament season continues, the BYU men’s tennis team will travel to Las Vegas for the ITA Mountain Region Championships this week. The tournament, which will run from Wednesday to Sunday, will include 12 teams the Cougars will face in the spring.

While the ITA announced the realignment of its 12 regions, the Mountain region has remained largely unchanged. At the end of last season, BYU had four players in the singles top 30 and one pair in the doubles top 15 in the regional rankings.

The Cougars have looked strong in the past couple of weeks, making it clear at both the Boise State Fall Classic and Utah Invitational that they are regional contenders. Junior Thomas Shubert captured the singles title at both tournaments while BYU players have taken three of the final four spots in each competition.

Freshman Spencer Smtih has proven that he has what it takes to compete at the collegiate level with a close loss to Shubert in the finals of the Utah Invitational last week. Junior Evan Urbina has also looked dangerous thus far with two semifinal appearances, falling each time to teammate Shubert.

Smith and Urbina also combined to win the doubles title at the Boise State Fall Classic and advanced to the semifinal of the Utah Invitational.

The region championships begin Wednesday at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas. For draws and results, click here.