Freshman Jeremy Bourgeois put up a hard fight against his Beck Pennington of No. 8 Kentucky. (Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)
LEXINGTON, Ky. – In it's first match versus a ranked opponent this season, No. 45 BYU men’s tennis fell to No. 8 Kentucky, 4-0, in the semifinal match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center, Friday.
“I thought we put up a good fight against a very good team this afternoon,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce
said. “I was pleased with the effort. We were down a key man in Frankie (Sargeant), and Andrey (Goryachkov) is coming back from a sprained ankle. But we hope to have both of them ready for tomorrow against either Notre Dame or Minnesota.”
The Cougars (4-1) suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the Wildcats (5-0) while playing without team captain Francis Sargeant
Kentucky claimed the doubles point in the first part of the match. Freshmen Juan Canales
and Sterling Galli
were defeated by Alejandro Gomez and Beck Pennington, 6-1. Fellow freshmen Matthew Pearce
and Jacob Sullivan
had similar fortunes, falling 6-2 to their opponents.
Sophomore Andrey Goryachkov
led off in the first singles spot in his match versus No. 68 Tom Jomby, losing in a hard-fought effort, 6-4, 6-4.
Three of BYU’s freshmen each came up with solid efforts in singles as well. Pearce and Canales both fell to their opponents, while Jeremy Bourgeois
faced Pennington, taking him into tiebreakers in the first set, 6-5 (6) and playing to a 2-2 tie before the match was called.
The Cougars are back in action as the ITA Kick-Off Weekend continues on Saturday at 1 p.m. EST. They will face the match winner of No. 29 Notre Dame versus No. 39 Minnesota.
Live stats of the match can be followed on Kentucky’s athletics website
2014 ITA Kick-Off Weekend
No. 8 Kentucky 4, No. 45 BYU 0
Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Center – Lexington, Ky.
Fri. Jan 24, 2014
Doubles: (Order of finish: 2, 3*)
Singles: (Order of finish: 3, 2, 1*)