PROVO -- In a performance that would be hard to beat, the BYU men's tennis team defeated Utah State, 7-0, in Provo on Thursday night.
BYU dominated from the start, when Gert Vilms and Carlos Lozano defeated Andy Madersbacher and Clayton Thomas, 8-0. Jeff Harbach and Anton Rudjuk defeated Jonah Nelson and Tim Burrell, 8-5, and Michael Gysens and Eric Nyman defeated Dan Baird and Ryan Burbidge, 8-3, to win the doubles point.
"If Gert and Panda (Lozano) play as well all season as they did tonight in doubles, they could win the NCAA's," said head coach Jim Osborne. "It was a good solid team effort tonight."
In singles, the Cougars continued their great performance. Every player won in straight sets. The closest that an Aggie came to winning a set was when Madersbacher took Vilms to a 7-6 (4) set. Vilms ended up winning the set and the match.
Thursday's match was the first in a five game home stand. BYU will face Idaho State on February 15 at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts.
BYU 7 Utah State 0
Vilms/Lozano def. Madersbacher/Thomas 8-0 (BYU)
Harbach/Rudjuk def. Nelson/Burrell 8-5 (BYU)
Gysens/Nyman def. Baird/Burbidge 8-3 (BYU)
Gert Vilms def. Andy Madersbacher 6-0, 7-6 (4) (BYU)
Carlos Lozano def. Jonah Nelson 6-0, 6-4 (BYU)
Anton Rudjuk def. Tim Burrell 6-4, 6-4 (BYU)
Michael Gysens def. Ryan Burbidge 6-0, 6-1 (BYU)
Matt Stohl def. Tadd Hinze 6-2, 6-4 (BYU)
Eric Nyman def. Dan Baird 6-4, 6-2 (BYU)
After a week of rest, the BYU men's tennis team will begin a five match home stretch on Thursday against Utah State.
The Aggies are coming off a season start that saw them drop their first two matches of the year to Idaho State, 5-2, and Utah, 6-1, last week.
The Cougars received some much needed rest after a tough road trip to southern California that included matches with top-twenty teams UCLA, USC and Pepperdine.
BYU will be at home until March 10 when they play Drake at Boise, before they return to Provo for another three match home streak.
Upcoming home meets include Idaho State, Weber State, University of Idaho and Montana State.
The Cougars currently 0-5 and ranked No. 69 in the nation.