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No. 38 BYU men's tennis falls 4-3 to Pepperdine
MALIBU, Calif. – No. 38 BYU men's tennis lost 4-3 to West Coast Conference foe Pepperdine on Saturday to conclude regular season play.
"We've won 21 out of 22 doubles points this season, so our doubles play has been outstanding," BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. "It's become clear that we played a lot of matches indoors this season because our singles play in slower conditions needs to improve to win the WCC Tournament. We'll be focusing on improving our skills in that area this next week."
The Cougars (17-5, 6-3) started the match strong by claiming the doubles point over the Waves (10-10, 4-2).
Matthew Pearce and Mateo Vereau Melendez bested their opponents Matias Sborowitz and Pawel Jankowiak 6-4 at No. 3 doubles. At No. 1 doubles, Sean Hill and Jeffrey Hsu fell to Adrian Oeztbach and Tim Zeitvogel in a close 7-5 match.
A close 7-5 victory at No. 2 doubles gave Sam Tullis and Ben Gajardo the clinch for the doubles point over Corrado Summaria and Enrique Luqu Rico.
Pepperdine rallied back and won two singles matches in a row. At No. 4 singles, Tullis fell to Sborowitz 2-6, 4-6. Ben Gajardo lost to Zeitvogel 2-6, 5-7 at No. 5 singles.
Hill claimed a win at No. 1 singles for BYU by besting Oeztbach 7-6, 6-2. Pearce at No. 6 singles took a 7-6, 7-6 victory over Jankowiak to give the Cougars the lead 3-2.
At No. 2 singles Hsu was defeated by Summaria in three sets 6-2, 6-7, 1-6. Pepperdine claimed the final point at No. 3 singles when Vereau fell to Rico in a close 7-5, 3-6, 1-6 match.
BYU will return to the court to compete in the WCC Tournament, April 24-27, at the Biszantz Tennis Center in Claremont, California. Tournament information will be posted to the men’s schedule page when announced.
#38 BYU 3, Pepperdine 4
- Oeztbach, Adrian/Zeitvogel, Tim (PEPP) def. #43 Sean Hill/Jeffrey Hsu (BYU) 7-5
- Sam Tullis/Ben Gajardo (BYU) def. Summaria, Corrado/Rico, Enrique Luque (PEPP) 7-6
- Mateo Vereau Melendez/Matthew Pearce (BYU) def. Sborowitz, Matias/Jankowiak, Pawel (PEPP) 6-4
Order of finish: (3, 1, 2)
- #103 Sean Hill (BYU) def. Oeztbach, Adrian (PEPP) 7-6, 6-2
- Summaria, Corrado (PEPP) def. Jeffrey Hsu (BYU) 2-6, 7-6, 6-1
- Rico, Enrique Luque (PEPP) def. Mateo Vereau Melendez (BYU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
- Sborowitz, Matias (PEPP) def. Sam Tullis (BYU) 6-2, 6-4
- Zeitvogel, Tim (PEPP) def. Ben Gajardo (BYU) 6-2, 7-5
- Matthew Pearce (BYU) def. Jankowiak, Pawel (PEPP) 7-6, 7-6
Order of finish: (4, 5, 1, 6, 2, 3)
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No. 38 BYU men's tennis completes regular season play on the road
PROVO, Utah – No. 38 BYU finishes regular season play on the road against West Coast Conference foes Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine on Friday and Saturday.
The Cougars will face LMU on Friday, April 12, at 12 p.m. PDT and Pepperdine on Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m. PDT.
No. 38 BYU
The Cougars (17-3, 6-1 WCC) swept San Francisco on their home courts last weekend, ending the year with a perfect 12-0 home record. Sean Hill and Jeffrey Hsu are nationally ranked as the No. 48 doubles team and Hill is ranked No. 103 in singles.
The Lions (5-12, 3-2 WCC) went 0-2 over the weekend, dropping matches against Portland and Gonzaga. LMU houses the No. 57 doubles duo, Nicholas Borchenko and Diego Nava. BYU holds a 7-5 advantage over the Lions in their overall series.
The Waves (9-10, 3-2 WCC) collected a win over Portland and fell to Gonzaga and UCLA this past week. Pepperdine has an 11-2 overall record advantage over BYU going into the match this weekend.
Links to live stats and live streams are available on the men’s tennis schedule. Results will be updated following the matches.