PROVO, Utah (March 30, 2002) ? Coming off two tough losses to quality opponents in California, the No. 72 BYU men?s tennis team got back to its winning ways Saturday afternoon. The No. 72 Cougars (8-7, 0-0) dominated No. 75 Boise State on a cloudless day in Provo, winning the match 6-1.
?It was pretty much a statement win made by the team,? BYU head coach Jim Osborne said.
BYU took over right from the start, winning all three doubles matches to take the doubles point. The No. 10 doubles pair of Carlos Lozano and Gert Vilms won 8-6 at No. 1, continuing their strong play. Nic Losee and Erik Nyman teamed up to take the No. 2 position in convincing fashion, 8-3. Jeff Harbach and Jeff Olsen also won their match handily, 8-5, at No. 3.
In singles play, both Vilms and Lozano picked up wins over top-100 players to lead the Cougars to victory. Vilms knocked off No. 98 Marcus Berntson at No. 1, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4. Not to be outdone, Lozano defeated No. 77 Guillaume Bouvier in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6. Nyman at No. 4, Olsen at No. 5 and Harbach at No. 6 all won their matches in straight sets to finish out BYU?s scoring.
?The good thing is I don?t think we?re playing our best tennis yet,? Osborne said. ?We?re still learning, but I?m happy with our progress so far.?
The match was the last time for three Cougars to play in front of the home crowd. Harbach, Losee and Vilms, all seniors, played well in their final home matches at BYU. The Cougars will be back in action Thursday at New Mexico State. BYU will begin Mountain West Conference play Friday against Air Force and Saturday against New Mexico. Both Friday and Saturday?s matches will be played in Albuquerque.
No. 1 No. 10 Lozano/Vilms (BYU) def. Biorkman/Bouvier (BSU) 8-6
No. 2 Losee/Nyman (BYU) def. Berntson/Silva (BSU) 8-3
No. 3 Harbach/Olsen (BYU) def. Rezk/Sirola (BSU) 8-5
BYU WINS DOUBLES POINT
No. 1 Gert Vilms (BYU) def. No. 98 Marcus Berntson (BSU) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4
No. 2 Carlos Lozano (BYU) def. No. 77 Guillaume Bouvier (BSU) 6-2, 7-6
No. 3 Matias Silva (BSU) def. Nic Losee (BYU) 7-6, 6-3
No. 4 Erik Nyman (BYU) def. Mahmoud Rezk (BSU) 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 Jeff Olsen (BYU) def. Beck Roghaar (BSU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 Jeff Harbach (BYU) def. Vedran Sirola (BSU) 6-1, 6-2
BYU WINS MATCH 6-1
PROVO, Utah (March 29, 2002) ? The No. 72 BYU men?s tennis team, coming off a three-match road trip in California, will play its final home match of the season Saturday at noon against No. 75 Boise State. The Cougars (7-7,0-0) matched up with the Broncos once this season already, with BYU knocking off Boise State, 5-2.
Senior Nic Losee and sophomore Erik Nyman have led BYU of late, with Losee winning eight of his last nine singles matches. Nyman has only lost three matches over that same time frame, and the two players have been hot of late in doubles play. Carlos Lozano and Gert Vilms, the No. 10 doubles team in the nation, almost defeated the No. 1 doubles team in the nation against Stanford, but came up just short.
Boise State is led by sophomore Guillaume Bouvier and junior Marcus Berntson. Bouvier is the No. 77 singles player in the nation, while Berntson is right behind in No. 98. The two top-100 players give the Broncos some firepower in singles and they have won five straight matches.
The match will begin at noon on the outdoor courts, weather permitting. This will be the Cougars? final home match, and BYU has not lost a match at home.