SALT LAKE CITY (April 13, 2002) ? In what might be a preview of the Mountain West Conference tournament finals, the BYU men?s tennis team lost to No. 32 San Diego State 6-1 Saturday. The Cougars (13-8, 4-1) lost for the first time in seven matches and also lost their first MWC match.
The two teams tied for the regular season title in the conference, each team with one loss. BYU and San Diego State will take the top two spots at the tournament to be held in Las Vegas, Apr. 25-27.
?I still think we are not playing our best tennis yet,? BYU head coach Jim Osborne said. ?I think we?re going to be ready for conference though. I feel pretty good.?
Senior Nic Losee was BYU?s lone double winner, winning at No. 3 in doubles and No. 2 in singles. Losee teamed with Erik Nyman at No. 3 doubles to win 8-5, but the other two doubles teams were unable to pick up the win. The No. 16-ranked team of Carlos Lozano and Gert Vilms fell to No. 3 Maiberger/Redondo, 8-6. Vilms reaggravated an injury to his quad during the match that forced him to sit out singles play.
Losee picked up an impressive win at No. 2 singles, defeating Valentino Pest in straight sets. Lozano came close to knocking off No. 19 Oliver Maiberger at No. 1, but lost 7-5 in the third set. Jeff Harbach, playing at No. 6, narrowly lost to Gabe Coren in three sets as well.