EAGLE, Idaho – Strong play from senior Aidan Carrazedo in both singles and doubles helped BYU defeat Boise State 4-2 at the Eagle Tennis Center on Saturday.
“After losing a tough rivalry match at home on Thursday and traveling to play another tough regional rivalry match on Saturday in Boise, coming up with a win was an incredible achievement,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “Of all the wins I’ve had as a coach, I’m as proud of this win as any. I’m proud of our guys' resilience, mental toughness and physical tenacity. This match will be a turning point in building their confidence.”â€‹
In doubles play, Boise State (2-7) struck first as Pedro Platzeck and Brian Tran defeated brother duo John Pearce and Matthew Pearce at the No. 2 slot. BYU (6-4) fought back as Aidan Carrazedo and Sam Tullis topped Morgan Stone and Greg Wischer with a 7-6(3) win before Jacob Sullivan and Jeremy Bourgeois answered with a 7-6(3) victory of their own over New Zealand duo Kyle Butters and Jack Heslin to clinch the point for the Cougars at first doubles.
Building on energy from doubles, BYU quickly logged two straight-set victories in singles as Tullis defeated Stone followed by a win from Matthew Pearce over Platzeck. Not ready to hand the match to the Cougars, the Broncos’ Tran, from Australia, outlasted fellow countryman Bourgeois 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 before Boise State recorded another win as Keaton Cullimore fell to Butters in a close 7-6(3), 7-5 match at No. 1 singles.
With the Cougars hanging on to a 3-2 advantage, Carrazedo recorded his second victory of the day and clinched the match for BYU with a comeback 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Wischer at No. 6 singles.
The Cougars return home to face New Mexico on Friday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m. MST before opening conference play on Saturday, Feb. 18, against San Francisco at 5:30 p.m. Both matches will be held at the BYU indoor tennis courts.
BYU 4, Boise State 2
- Sullivan/Bourgeois (BYU) def. Butters/Heslin (BSU) 7-6(3)
- Platzeck/Tran (BSU) def. J. Pearce/M. Pearce (BYU) 6-3
- Carrazedo/Tullis (BYU) def. Stone/Wischer (BSU) 7-6(3)
Order of finish: (2,3,1)
- Butters (BSU) def. Cullimore (BYU) 7-6(3), 7-5
- Sullivan (BYU) vs. Heslin (BSU) 7-6(5), 4-6, 4-3 DNF
- Tran (BSU) def. Bourgeois (BYU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
- M. Pearce (BYU) def. Platzcek (BSU) 7-5, 6-3
- Tullis (BYU) def. Stone (BSU) 6-3, 6-3
- Carrazedo (BYU) def. Wischer (BSU) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
Order of finish: (5,4,3,1,6)
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.