Hill leads BYU in 6-1 victory over Northern Arizona
PROVO, Utah – No. 89 Sean Hill led BYU in a 6-1 victory over Northern Arizona Friday night at the Indoor Tennis Courts.
Hill defeated No. 116 Tim Handel of Northern Arizona 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. After being down 4-0 in the second set, Hill made a comeback to tie it at 4-4 but ultimately lost. He came out with a victory in the third set to win the match.
“I give a lot of credit to NAU—they fought hard,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “We got up on them with the doubles point, but they never went away and continued to battle. We had an all-around team effort, and it was a great crowd with fan support. I’d like to see us come out tomorrow and be more aggressive against Boise State.”
BYU (6-0) came out hot in doubles over Northern Arizona (1-1) with the No. 1 slot Hill and Jeffrey Hsu defeating No. 53 duo Handel and Ruben Montano 6-3. Hill and Hsu lost to Handel and Montano in the semifinal round of the regional tournament in October but fought hard to come out on top tonight.
John Pearce and Ben Gajardo earned a solid 6-0 win over Sebastian Eguez and Felix Schumann in the No. 3 doubles slot.
In singles, Sam Tullis defeated Felix Schumann 7-5, 6-3 to lead the Cougars in singles play. Hsu came out on top 6-1, 7-5 over Lucas Taylor. J. Pearce had the clinch with his victory over Thomas Fisher 6-2, 6-7, 6-4. Continuing the BYU momentum, Ben Gajardo defeated Sebastian Eguez 6-4, 6-1 in No. 5 singles. M. Pearce fell short in a match tiebreaker against Ruben Montano, giving the Lumberjacks their only win of the night.
The Cougars host Boise State Saturday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. MST, at the Indoor Tennis Courts. Live stats and live streaming will be available on the men’s schedule page.
BYU 6, NAU 1
- HILL, Sean/HSU, Jeffrey (BYU) def. HANDEL, Tim/MONTANO, Ruben (NAU) 6-3
- PEARCE, John/GAJARDO, Ben (BYU) def. SCHUMANN, Felix/EGUEZ, Sebastian (NAU) 6-0
- FISHER, Thomas/TAYLOR, Lucas (NAU) vs. PEARCE, Matthew/BALL, David (BYU) 5-4 (DNF)
Order of finish: (2, 1)
- HILL, Sean (BYU) def. HANDEL, Tim (NAU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
- HSU, Jeffrey (BYU) def. TAYLOR, Lucas (NAU) 6-1, 7-5
- PEARCE, John (BYU) def. FISHER, Thomas (NAU) 6-2, 6-7, 6-4
- TULLIS, Sam (BYU) def. SCHUMANN, Felix (NAU) 7-5, 6-3
- GAJARDO, Ben (BYU) def. EGUEZ, Sebastian (NAU) 6-4, 6-1
- MONTANO, Ruben (NAU) def. PEARCE, Matthew (BYU) 1-6, 6-1, 10-7
Order of finish (4, 2, 3, 1, 5, 6)
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Cougars take on Northern Arizona, Boise State at home
PROVO, Utah – BYU men’s tennis will host Mountain Regional opponents Northern Arizona on Friday, Feb. 2, at 5:30 p.m. MST and Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 1:00 p.m. MST at the Indoor Tennis Courts.
The Cougars (5-0) are coming off a big 4-2 win against San Diego State. No. 89 Sean Hill is undefeated in regular season match play at the No. 1 singles spot.
Doubles duo Hill and Jeffrey Hsu are 12-1 for the 2017-18 season, and duo Matthew Pearce and David Ball remain undefeated.
The Lumberjacks (1-0) are coming off a 4-3 season-opener victory against New Mexico. Doubles duo Ruben Montano and Tim Handel are ranked No. 53 in the nation. Hill and Hsu fell to Montano and Handel in the semifinal round of the ITA Mountain Regional Tournament in October, which is the BYU duo’s only loss of the season. Handel is ranked No. 116 nationally in singles.
The Cougars have defeated the Lumberjacks the last two years.
The Broncos (1-2) started off the season with losses against Northwestern and Michigan but are now coming off a win last weekend against Whitman.
Hill defeated Boise State’s Jack Heslin in the first round of regionals in October. Boise State has a well-balanced roster between upper and lower classmen.
Admission to the matches will be free to the public. Free pizza and prizes will be provided. Links to live stats and a video stream can be found on the men’s schedule page.
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