LAS VEGAS – Sophomore Aidan Carrazedo and freshman Victor Brown advanced to the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket Friday with wins over fellow Cougar David Ball 6-3, 6-3 and Utah’s Louis-Phillipe Gascon 6-3, 6-4 respectively, at the USTA/ITA Regional Championships.
All Cougars remaining in the main draws fell Friday in Las Vegas. Heading into the day, BYU had two doubles teams still in contention for a main-draw title but both duos fell.
Ball and sophomore Jacob Sullivan fell in their doubles match to the No. 4 seeded duo from New Mexico 8-3 in the round of 16. After Senior Francis Sargeant and junior Andrey Goryachkov won their round of 16 match against a team from Utah 8-3, they lost in the quarterfinals to the No. 3 seeded team 8-5.
“We still have guys winning matches and trying to earn a spot on the travelling squad and lineup,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said.
“The goal is always to win the tournament in either singles or doubles, preferably both,” Pearce said. “So we have some work to do.”
The Cougars head home to prepare for the So Cal Intercollegiate Oct. 29 – Nov. 1.
LAS VEGAS – BYU men’s tennis will compete at the USTA/ITA Regional Championships Oct. 15-18 in Las Vegas. Francis Sargeant, Andrey Goryachkov and Shane Monroe received first-round byes as seeded players.
“The regional is a great opportunity for all of our players to see how they measure up against the best players in the Mountain Region,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said.
Sargeant enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed and will play his second-round match Wednesday at 4 p.m. Goryachkov received the No. 14 seed and will start his tournament at 2 p.m. Monroe is coming off his singles championship at the Utah Intercollegiate and is seeded as the No. 18 seed. He will also open play at 4 p.m.
All other Cougars play first-round matches Wednesday morning. Robin Pfister and Juan Canales play at 10 a.m. Aidan Carrazedo, Victor Brown and David Ball open the tournament at 11:30 a.m. Jacob Sullivan is on the court at 12:45 p.m. and Jeremy Bourgeois rounds out BYU’s first-round matches at 1 p.m.
“They play multiple matches in both doubles and singles so it’s also a great opportunity to see what’s working in their games,” Pearce said. “It is a chance to see what their strengths and weaknesses are. Competition is the only way these things are discovered.”
All 10 Cougars will also compete in the doubles draw. Monroe and Pfister team up as the No. 9 seed in the draw while the duo of Sargeant and Goryachkov is the No. 5 seed. Both doubles duos will play their first matches Thursday after a first-round bye. Brown and Carrazedo, Ball and Sullivan, and Bourgeois and Canales all play first-round matches Wednesday at 9 a.m.
“This tournament is invaluable to our preparation for our regular season come January,” Pearce said.