Cougars continue home win streak
PROVO, Utah – The BYU men’s tennis team continued their winning streak at home by claiming two wins, defeating Utah State 4-1 and Idaho State 5-2 in a doubleheader on Saturday at the Indoor Tennis Courts.
“Long day at the office for us today,” BYU assistant coach Aidan Carrazedo said. “It was great to get two solid wins under the belt. Credit to Utah State and Idaho State for coming out and taking it to us. We are looking forward to another good week of practice preparing for Denver on the road.”
The Cougars (5-6) started out strong in doubles, going 2-1 over the Aggies (1-6).
Sean Hill and David Ball had a quick finish with a 6-1 victory over Christian Holmes and Roko Salvin at the No. 3 slot. No. 2 doubles clinched the doubles point when Mateo Vereau Melendez and Matheus Ferreira Leite topped Sergiu Bucur and Arvid Hjalte 6-3. In the first position, Ben Gajardo and Sam Tullis came up short 2-6 against Felipe Acosta and Javier Ruiz.
In singles competition, BYU went on to win three matches, with Jack Barnett clinching the dual-match at 4-1.
Barnett faced Hjalte at No. 4 singles and took him to tiebreakers in each set, winning 7-6, 7-6. Hill took a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Acosta at the No. 1 slot, while Gajardo defeated Ruiz in two sets, 6-4, 6-4. At No. 2 singles Sam Tullis fell to Bucur, 7-6, 6-4, just before the end of the match.
After a quick 6-0 win on court three where Leite and Barnett topped Kyler Hartman and Boldi Rethi, the Cougars fell in the next two doubles matches to Idaho State (4-5). At No. 2 doubles, Hill and Ball dropped their match 4-6 to Lukas Ridemar and Yohann Prinsen, while Cougar duo Tullis and Gajardo lost in a close 5-7 match to Patrik Trhac and Gary Rendek.
The Bengals went on to claim the first singles match on the third court when Gajardo fell 3-6, 2-6 to Rendek. The Cougars quickly took the lead and won the match 5-2 from five consecutive wins.
Barnett handily defeated Prinsen at the fourth slot, winning 6-1, 6-1. At the No. 2 position, Tullis took on Trhac and won in two sets, 6-4, 6-3, tying the dual-match at 2-2. At No. 1 singles, Hill gave BYU the advantage when he claimed a 7-5, 7-6 victory over Ridemar. Brocton Andrus had a quick 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 6 singles over Rethi to clinch the match for the Cougars.
Up next, BYU has a long stretch of matches on the road, beginning with the University of Denver on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 12:30 p.m. MST.
PROVO, Utah – The BYU men’s tennis team hosts Utah State and Idaho State in a doubleheader, Saturday, Feb. 22, at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts.
The Cougars face the Aggies at 1:30 p.m. MDT while taking on the Bengals at 5:30 p.m. MDT.
The Cougars (3-6) look to continue their 20-0 winning streak at home. The last match they lost on their home courts was on Feb. 16, 2018, against Utah State. BYU has picked up wins over George Mason, East Tennessee State and Weber State.
The Aggies (1-5) are coming off a loss to in-state rival Utah and they sport a young team with six out of eight players being freshmen. BYU currently has the advantage over Utah State with a 14-4 overall record.
The Bengals (4-4) went 1-1 last weekend, claiming a win over the Air Force Academy. BYU holds a perfect 8-0 record over Idaho State, all of those matches taking place on the Cougars’ home courts.
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.