Feb 08 | 05:30 PM
3 - 4
Indoor Tennis Courts
150 E. Provo UT 84602
mperry | Posted: 8 Feb 2014 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
PROVO, Utah--The No. 66 BYU men's tennis team came out strong before falling to No. 45 Boise State, 4-3, in a heartbreaker Saturday night at the Indoor Tennis Courts.
"Overall I was really proud of our guys," BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. "Our goal was to come out and be shock-and-awe in the doubles point. We came out and we took it to them."
The Cougars (4-5) suffered their first home loss of the season at the hands of the Broncos (6-2).
With the match knotted at 3-3, freshman Matthew Pearce held his own against Brendan McClain, taking him to three sets before falling 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.
"I was really proud of Matthew that he hung tough up until the last game of the third set and Brendan stepped up and beat him," coach Pearce said. "He hit some big shots. I was really proud that he didn't beat himself."
BYU took the doubles point to begin the match, winning two of the three. After junior Francis Sargeant and sophomore Andrey Goryachkov lost 6-3, the other two pairs followed quickly with victories.
Freshmen Sterling Galli and Jeremy Bourgeois took it to their opponents 6-2, while fellow freshmen Pearce and Robin Pfister clinched the point for the Cougars with a 6-2 win of their own.
In singles, the captain Sargeant put BYU on top again as he bested Andy Bettles in two sets, including a comeback in the first, 6-5 (7-4), 6-3. The junior avenged a previous loss to Bettles in the quarterfinals of the ITA Mountain Region championships in October.
Goryachkov also rallied to beat his opponent. After losing the first set 3-6, he swung the momentum his way, ousting Nathan Sereke 6-4, 6-4 in the final two.
Pfister fought hard, but was bested in a close match against Thomas Tenreiro, 6-5 (7-4), 6-3, while Bourgeois and Aidan Carrazedo both fell in two sets.
"I was really encouraged by how much we've improved in a week," coach Pearce said. "We're disappointed--we were right there, but I think I'm encouraged as well because we're getting better."
The Cougars travel to Las Vegas for two matches at the Fertitta Tennis Complex, one against UNLV Friday at noon PST and another against No. 53 San Diego State Saturday at 10 a.m.
Tennis Match Results
Boise State vs Brigham Young
Feb 08, 2014 at
#45 Boise State 4, #66 Brigham Young 3
1. SARGEANT, Francis (BYU) def. Andy Bettles (BSU) 6-5 (7-4), 6-3
2. GORYACHKOV, Andrey (BYU) def. Nathan Sereke (BSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. PFISTER, Robin (BYU) 6-5 (9-7), 6-4
4. Garrett Patton (BSU) def. BOURGEOIS, Jeremy (BYU) 6-0, 6-2
5. Brendan McClain (BSU) def. PEARCE, Matthew (BYU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
6. Brian Foley (BSU) def. CARRAZEDO, Aidan (BYU) 6-4, 6-1
1. Andy Bettles/Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. SARGEANT, Francis/GORYACHKOV, Andrey (BYU) 6-3
2. GALLI, Sterling/BOURGEOIS, Jeremy (BYU) def. Toby Mitchell/Nathan Sereke (BSU) 6-2
3. PEARCE, Matthew/PFISTER, Robin (BYU) def. Brendan McClain/Aidan Ried (BSU) 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,1,3,2,6,5)
mperry | Posted: 4 Feb 2014 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
PROVO, Utah--After playing on the road for three weeks, No. 66 BYU men’s tennis returns home for a regional showdown against No. 45 Boise State at 5:30 p.m. MST Saturday at the Indoor Tennis Courts.
“We’ve had three long, tough road trips,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “It’s nice to be home, getting a full week of practice. I think we’re going to play well this weekend.”
The Cougars (4-4) are 2-0 at home so far this season, as they look to continue the trend against the Broncos (4-2). BYU is 21-13 all-time against Boise State.
“Boise State is a good team,” Pearce said. “We’re all feeling good about playing at home.”
Junior Francis Sargeant will lead the charge against a Boise State roster with four players in the top 15 of the Mountain Region.
At 6-1 on the season, Sargeant is coming off of two victories last weekend, including one over Denver’s Henry Craig, the top player in the Mountain Region. Sophomore Andrey Goryachkov also notched two victories, both of them in three sets.
Live scoring updates for the Boise State match will be available on the BYU athletics website.
The Cougars will be on the road next weekend in Las Vegas for two matches as they face UNLV, Feb. 14 at noon PST, and San Diego State, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m.