Sargeant, Pearce lead 5-2 comeback win over Dons

Junior Francis Sargeant clinched the comeback victory against San Francisco. (Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Despite rain delays, BYU men’s tennis stormed back for the 5-2 win over San Francisco on captain Francis Sargeant’s match-clincher, Friday.
 
The Cougars (8-12) came back from a 2-0 deficit as they improved to 2-3 in West Coast Conference play.
 
"This team showed some character and resilience today," BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. "I was proud of them."
 
With the match at 3-2 in favor of BYU, the nationally ranked Sargeant came through in the clutch at No. 1 singles to clinch the win. The junior fell in the first set 2-6 before winning the final two, 6-3, 6-3, against Bernardo Saraiva.
 
Freshman Matthew Pearce set up Sargeant for the clincher as he picked up his fifth consecutive singles win to secure the point, 6-4, 6-4, against Christian Brockstedt. 

 
The comeback was needed after the Dons (9-11, 0-5 WCC) took the first two points of the match at doubles and fifth singles.
 
The Cougars clawed their way back into the match as No. 2 singles player Andrey Goryachkov topped Nils Skajaa in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.
 
Freshman Jeremy Bourgeois followed suit at the No. 3 slot by edging Thomas Takemoto in two sets as well, 6-4, 7-6(8). 
 
After the match was won, South African freshman Aidan Carrazedo rallied in his match, slipping by Timothy Tan, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
 
The Cougars face another road test when they take on their 10th ranked opponent on the season in 67th-ranked Santa Clara, Saturday at noon PDT.







 
BYU 5, San Francisco 2
 
Singles
1. Francis Sargeant (BYU) def. Bernardo Saraiva (USF); 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
2. Andrey Goryachkov (BYU) def. Nils Skajaa (USF); 6-4, 6-2
3. Jeremy Bourgeois (BYU) def. Thomas Takemoto (USF); 6-4, 7-6(8)
4. Matthew Pearce (BYU) def. Christian Brockstedt (USF); 6-4, 6-4
5. Germain Bahri (USF) def. Jacob Sullivan (BYU); 6-2, 6-2
6. Aidan Carrazedo (BYU) def. Timothy Tan (USF); 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
 
Order of finish: 5, 2, 3, 4, 1, 6
 
Doubles
1. Bernardo Saraiva/Nils Skajaa (USF) vs. Andrey Goryachkov/Robin Pfister (BYU); DNF (6-6 when stopped)
2. Christian Brockstedt/Timothy Tan (USF) def. Matthew Pearce/Francis Sargeant (BYU); 8-3
3. Germain Bahri/Thomas Takemoto (USF) def. Jeremy Bourgeois/Jacob Sullivan (BYU); 8-2

Order of finish: 3, 2