Francis Sargeant came from behind to get a win in three sets to help propel the Cougars to a victory over No. 47 San Diego.
PROVO, Utah- In its second conference match of the year, the No. 39 BYU men’s tennis team topped No. 47 San Diego 4-3 on Saturday at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts.
"I think getting the doubles point was key, it gave us some good momentum," BYU head coach Brad Pearce
said. "San Diego is a very good team. It's a great win for this program and for the guys."
With its win over San Diego (6-4, 0-1 West Coast Conference), BYU (12-4, 2-0 WCC) improves to 8-0 at home this year.
In doubles play, sophomore Keaton Cullimore
and freshman John Pearce
clinched the first victory of the day as they defeated Andrew Carlisle and Ciaran Fitzgerald 8-4 on Court 3. Freshman Scott Bohne
and senior Spencer Smith
teamed up for the first time this season but fell short in their doubles debut.
In singles, No. 47 Kawka earned the second point for the Cougars as he topped Thibaut Visy 6-3, 6-4.
The Toreros answered with a point of their own on Court 2 as Romain Kalayjian beat Smith in three sets 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. On Court 3, Sargeant was down one set and 4-0 in the second but fought back to end the match with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory over No. 82 Clarke Spinosa.
Cullimore secured the BYU victory and won his fourth straight match by defeating No. 112 Uros Petronijeciv 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 on Court 4.
BYU returns to action next Saturday at noon when it hosts New Mexico.
1. #50 Kawka/Sargeant (BYU) def. Spinosa/Visy (USD) 8-5
2. Kalaydjian/Petronijeciv (USD) def. Bohne/Smith 8-5
3. Cullimore/Pearce (BYU) def. Carlisle/Fitzgerald (USD) 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
6. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) def. John Pearce
(BYU) 7-5, 6-1
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 5