PROVO, Utah – After dropping the doubles point for the first time this season, the BYU men's tennis team came back and beat Nevada at home 5-1 Saturday evening.
"This is the first time this season that we had some adversity," BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. "All credit to Nevada though, because they played well.They came out and played some solid doubles matches. But we bounced back for singles play. At the end of the day, we did what we needed to do to get the win."
BYU (5-0) went down early, losing the doubles point to Nevada (1-1). Shane Monroe and Keaton Cullimore lost the first doubles match for the Cougars to Nevada's Peter O'Donovan and Aaron Breust 6-1. Andrey Goryachkov and Jeremy Bourgeois lost 6-1 as well to the Wolfpack's Andrew Poustie and Robert Allan. John Pearce and Jacob Sullivan's match against Nevada's Ryan Andrada and Robert Margitfalvi was suspended at 5-3 in favor of Nevada.
The Cougars caught momentum in their singles matches. Sullivan took down Allan 6-1, 6-4, earning the first point of the match for the Cougars. Goryachkov followed by beating the Wolfpack's Mile Cilic 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) and Monroe followed, defeating Andrada 6-2, 7-5 to put the Cougars up 3-1. Cullimore's hard fought 7-5, 6-2 win over Poustie gave BYU its fourth point and the victory. Pearce defeated Margitfalvi 0-6, 7-5 1-0 (10-3) as an added bonus for BYU.
BYU's next match will be against Northern Arizona Friday, Jan. 29, at 5:30 p.m. MST. Live stats for the match can be found on the BYU men's tennis schedule page.
PROVO, Utah—Coming off of three straight wins, the BYU men’s tennis team looks to extend its winning streak to five this weekend against Weber State and Nevada.
The Cougars will face in-state rival Wildcats on Friday evening and the Wolfpack Saturday. Both matches will be at 5:30 pm MST in Provo at the Indoor Tennis Courts.
"We're looking forward to playing two good teams in front of our awesome home crowd this weekend," BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. "There really is no place like home!"
Weber State (0-0) was recently selected to finish first in the Big Sky Conference in their preseason polls. They have yet to play a match during the 2016 season but competed in four different preseason tournaments during the fall. Weber State sophomore Hou-En “Edward” Chan faced BYU sophomore Scott Bohne during the ITA Regional tournament in October. Bohne lost to Chan in three sets 2-6, 6-2, 1-6.
Nevada (1-0) comes to Provo after a 6-1 victory at UC Riverside last Saturday. The team boasts four seniors, a junior, three sophomores and a freshman.
Admission to both matches is free. Free pizza will be provided at both events and fans that come before 5:30 will be entered into a drawing for prizes, such as a Roger Federer poster. Live stats and video will be provided for both matches on the BYU men's tennis schedule page.