PROVO, Utah – Despite a strong singles effort, Utah defeated the Cougars 4-2 in the Deseret First Duel at the BYU indoor tennis courts Thursday night.
"First of all, what an incredible, fun atmosphere for a collegiate tennis match and I really want to thank our fans for the support," BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. "I have to give credit to Utah for the way they played. In rivalry situations like this, the doubles point is so crucial and I didn't feel like we played our best tennis during the doubles. Nevertheless, I was proud of the way our guys fought back as a team. There were some great individual performances in singles play and I couldn't be more positive, but ultimately we didn't get the win. We're moving forward and excited to play Boise State on Saturday."
Utah (7-1) took control early with wins at first and third doubles to claim the first point of the match over BYU (5-3). Dan Little and Joe Woolley defeated John Pearce and Jacob Sullivan 6-3 before Keaton Cullimore and Sam Tullis fell 6-3 to Slava Shainyan and Santiago Sierra.
The Utes fed on the momentum to secure a win at No. 2 singles as Jeremy Bourgeois dropped his match 6-3, 6-2 to Little. The Cougars fought back with a close victory at fourth singles as Matthew Pearce topped Sierra 7-5, 7-6(8). Utah’s David Micevski pulled out a 6-4, 7-5 win over Keaton Cullimore before Jacob Sullivan battled back to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 against Parker McGuiness at third singles.
With BYU trailing 3-2, John Pearce had an impressive comeback after losing his first set 6-1, but ultimately couldn’t outlast Joe Woolley who took the third set and clinched the match 4-2 for Utah.
The Cougars hit the road to Idaho to take on regional opponent Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. MST. Results will be posted to the men’s tennis schedule page.
Utah 4, BYU 2
- Dan Little/Joe Woolley (UTAH) def. SULLIVAN, Jacob/PEARCE, John (BYU) 6-3
- BOURGEOIS, Jeremy/PEARCE, Matthew (BYU) vs. Egbert Weverink/David Micevski (UTAH) 2-5, unfinished
- Slava Shainyan/Santiago Sierra (UTAH) def. CULLIMORE, Keaton/TULLIS, Sam (BYU) 6-3
Order of finish: (1,3)
- David Micevski (UTAH) def. CULLIMORE, Keaton (BYU) 6-4, 7-5
- Dan Little (UTAH) def. BOURGEOIS, Jeremy (BYU) 6-3, 6-2
- SULLIVAN, Jacob (BYU) def. Parker McGuiness (UTAH) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
- PEARCE, Matthew (BYU) def. Santiago Sierra (UTAH) 7-5, 7-6 (8-6)
- Joe Woolley (UTAH) def. PEARCE, John (BYU) 6-1, 1-6, 6-2
- TULLIS, Sam (BYU) vs. Slava Shainyan (UTAH) 7-6 (14-12), unfinished
Order of finish: Singles (2,4,1,3,5)
PROVO, Utah – Riding a 3-0 win streak at home, BYU men’s tennis will take on in-state rival Utah in the Deseret First Duel on Thursday before playing Boise State on the road Saturday.
Utah (6-1, 0-0 Pac-12) picked up wins against Denver, Northern Arizona and Montana State this weekend and remains undefeated at home. The Cougars (5-3, 0-0 WCC) beat the Utes 5-2 last season in Salt Lake City as Jeremy Bourgeois clinched the match over Jamey Swiggart in three sets at No. 5 singles.
Boise State (1-6, 0-1 MWC) fell to Northwestern and Harvard last weekend in Chicago. Last season, BYU upset No. 59 Boise State 4-0 at home after Keaton Cullimore sealed the Cougars’ win with three-set victory over Toby Mitchell at second singles.
The matchup against Utah will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 5:30 p.m. MST at the BYU indoor tennis courts with free admission. There will be free pizza and BYU football quarterback Tanner Mangum will sign autographs between doubles and singles matches. The first 100 fans will receive free t-shirts. Fans will also be entered into a drawing for a football signed by BYU football players and coaches, as well as other prizes and giveaways.
Saturday’s match begins at 6 p.m. MST and will be played at the Appleton Tennis Center in Boise, Idaho. Results will be posted to the men's tennis schedule page.