Cougars defeat East Tennessee State and Weber State in home openers
PROVO, Utah – The BYU men’s tennis team logged two wins, defeating East Tennessee State 4-3 and sweeping Weber State 4-0, in a doubleheader on Saturday at the Indoor Tennis Courts.
East Tennessee State
In the first match of the day, BYU claimed early victories in second and third doubles. Sam Tullis and Ben Gajardo teamed up for a quick 6-0 win over Yusuf Khamis and Juan Lugo, while David Ball and Sean Hill defeated Miguel Este and Dimitri Badra, 6-3.
The Buccaneers grabbed three points when they won the matches at No. 2, 3 and 4 singles. Mateo Vereau Melendez fell 4-6, 3-6 to Frazier Rengifo, Gajardo lost 4-6, 2-6 to Lugo and Matheus Ferreira Leite dropped his match 1-6, 4-6 to Thiago Pernas.
Down 3-1, the Cougars rallied back and went on to win the remaining singles matches. After being down a set, Hill came back to defeat Khamis 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 singles. Tullis came out at the No. 5 slot strong against Badra and tied up the dual match with his 6-3, 6-3 win.
Making his dual-match debut on BYU’s home courts, Brocton Andrus clinched the match for the Cougars when he topped Dylan Bednarczyk 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 6 singles, closing out the match 4-3.
In their second match of the day, the Cougars came off a strong win with energy and confidence, which showed in doubles against the Wildcats when they handily took wins at the No. 2 and 3 slots.
Leite and Melendez came out with a 6-1 victory over Brendan Barr and Arthur Serafim, while Ball and Hill topped Cezary Walkusz and Sebastian Buxman 6-3.
BYU carried the momentum from doubles into the singles competition, where they won three consecutive matches. At No. 4 singles, Tullis topped Buxman 6-3, 6-2, while at the No. 2 slot, Melendez grabbed a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Serafim. Gajardo closed out the 4-0 sweep when he claimed a 7-6, 6-4 win over Bo-Han Li.
Up next, the Cougars travel to take on New Mexico on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. MST.
PROVO, Utah – The BYU men’s tennis team hosts East Tennessee State and Weber State in a doubleheader for its home-opener on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Indoor Tennis Courts.
The Cougars face East Tennessee State at 11:30 a.m. MST and Weber State follows at 5:30 p.m. MST.
- Free admission
- Free pizza
- Drawing for a free tennis racquet and other prizes
After beginning the season with three weeks of matches on the road, the Cougars (1-4) look to replicate last season’s undefeated record at home. During that road stretch, BYU defeated George Mason for the team's lone win.
East Tennessee State
The Buccaneers (1-3) went 1-1 last weekend, where their loss was to No. 7 Wake Forest. This is the first matchup between East Tennessee State and BYU.
The Wildcats (3-2) are coming off two wins and a loss. The Cougars currently hold a 17-0 record over Weber State, including a 16-0 record at home.
Live stats and a live video stream are available on the men's tennis schedule page. The results will be updated at the conclusion of each match.