BYU men's tennis defeats Weber State 6-1 with overall team effort
PROVO, Utah – An overall team effort helped BYU men's tennis defeat Weber State 6-1 Friday at the Indoor Tennis Courts.
"I think those who came and saw tonight's match could see that this is a well-prepared team," BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. "We're a very deep team this year, every single guy that got the opportunity to play today looked like they had an end of season match. Weber State was a good team and I thought they played well in every position."
"We're excited to have some wins and some momentum going into our match tomorrow. I'm really happy for the guys, they put in a lot of work. All of them came back early from the holidays to be prepared and it's just fun to see them have success right off the bat. We're excited for tomorrow," added Pearce.
The Cougars (1-0) came out strong and claimed the doubles point over the Wildcats (0-1). Sam Tullis and Ben Gajardo secured a 6-2 win in No. 2 doubles against Paul Ohde and Cezary Walkusz, while the BYU doubles duo of Matthew Pearce and Mateo Vereau Melendez earned a 6-1 win in the No. 3 spot over Nick Werner and Bo-Han Li. After battling back-and-forth at the No. 1 spot, Sean Hill and Jeffrey Hsu topped Michiel Van Schoor and Kris Van Wyk 6-4.
Up 1-0, BYU won five-consecutive singles matches. Melendez defeated Van Schoor 6-1, 6-0 in No. 3 singles, while Tullis topped Werner 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 4 spot. In the No. 1 singles spot, Hill went to work and earned a 6-2, 6-2 win over Van Wyk. Jeffrey followed with a solid 6-3, 6-3 win over Weber's No. 2 player, Junhao Ye. Gajardo defeated Ohde 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 5 spot to seal the Cougar victory.
Weber State's Li topped Vinicius Feijao Nogueira in a tiebreaker 3-6, 6-1, 10-8 in No. 6 singles to earn the Wildcats' lone point.
The Cougars remain at home to take on in-state rival Utah on Saturday, January 12, at 5:30 p.m. MT at the BYU Indoor Courts. Live stats and a live feed of the courts will be available on the men's tennis schedule page.
BYU 6, Weber State 1
- Sean Hill/Jeffrey Hsu (BYU) def. Kris Van Wyk/Michiel Van Schoor (WSU) 6-4
- Sam Tullis/Ben Gajardo (BYU) def. Paul Ohde/Cezary Walkusz (WSU) 6-2
- Mateo Vereau/Matthew Pearce (BYU) def. Nick Werner/Bo-Han Li (WSU) 6-1
Order of finish: (2, 3, 1)
- Sean Hill (BYU) def. Kris Van Wyk (WSU) 6-2, 6-2
- Jeffrey Hsu (BYU) def. Junhao Ye (WSU) 6-3, 6-3
- Mateo Vereau (BYU) def. Michiel Van Schoor (WSU) 6-1, 6-0
- Sam Tullis (BYU) def. Nick Werner (WSU) 6-0, 6-2
- Ben Gajardo (BYU) def. Paul Ohde (WSU) 6-3, 6-2
- Bo-Han Li (WSU) def. Vinicius Nogueira (BYU) 3-6, 6-1, 10-8
Order of finish: (3, 4, 1, 2, 5, 6)
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Cougars open 2019 season facing Weber State and Utah at home
PROVO, Utah – BYU men’s tennis open regular season play on their home indoor courts against Weber State and Utah this Friday and Saturday.
The Cougars face off against Weber State on Friday, Jan. 11, at 5:30 p.m. MT and Utah on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 5:30 p.m. MT.
“We're starting out with a bang this year,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “I love our players and our team culture; these guys are competitors and workers! We worked hard during the fall and came back early from the holiday break to prepare, so we can’t wait for this weekend and to get our season started!”
BYU is coming off a successful fall preseason after competing in six tournaments, two of which were the ITA All-American and the ITA Regional Championships. Seniors Jeffrey Hsu and Matthew Pearce lead the team with experience and match wins. Hsu and Sean Hill will also aid the team with their No. 19 ranking as a doubles-duo. Four freshmen, Brocton Andrus, Vinicius Feijao Nogueira, Kobe Tran and Mateo Vereau Melendez, joined BYU this season and will be strong assets to the team. Garret Vincent returns, adding depth to the lineup.
Both Weber State and Utah are opening the regular season with BYU.
Five players returned this season. Two freshmen and a junior transfer solidify the Wildcat lineup. BYU has a 15-year win streak against Weber State.
Three freshmen joined Utah for the 2019 season, giving them greater depth in their lineup. The Cougars last defeated the Utes, 5-2, in 2016.
- Free admission.
- Free pizza for those who attend.
- Drawing for a free Wilson tennis racket at the end of the Utah match.
Scores for both matches will be updated on the men’s tennis schedule page as soon as matches are completed.