INDIAN HILLS -- The No. 75-ranked BYU men's tennis team found its second win Saturday by defeating the No. 68 University of California at Santa Barbara in a 5-2 decision. The Cougars are 2-10 on the season.
"It was a solid effort by all of our guys today," head coach Brad Pearce said." Our guys were tough physically and mentally. We've had a challenging schedule so this was a huge win for us today."
The Cougars jumped out to an early lead winning the doubles point as Erik Nyman and Nima Roshan won their doubles match 8-3 and Chip Hand and Alonzo Medina won theirs in an 8-3 decision.
In singles action BYU saw impressive wins from senior Nyman at the No. 1 spot, Hand, Ivan Kokurin and Nima Roshan. Dominik Kaufhold nearly won his match as he pushed his opponent to a third set losing in the final tiebreaker 13-11.
"This is a real confidence builder for us," Pearce said. "It's going to be a long weekend. We just need to keep fighting."
The Cougars will stay in Indian Hills to watch the final match of the Pacific Life Open tomorrow before heading to Phoenix to take on Arizona State.
BYU 5, UC Santa Barbara 2
1 -- Nyman/Roshan (BYU) def. Anselme/Placek 8-3
2 -- Brotman/Wetzig (SB) def. Dasek/Kaufhold 8-6
3 -- Hand/Medina (BYU) def. Stern/Coin 8-3
1 -- Nyman (BYU) def. Alex Anselme 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
2 -- Nicholas Brotman (SB) def. Richard Dasek 6-2, 6-2
3 -- Hand (BYU) def. Elad Stern 6-3, 6-3
4 -- Kokurin (BYU) def. Mike Placek 7-6, 6-0
5 -- Roshan (BYU) def. Matthew Coin 6-2, 6-4
6 -- Nicholas Edlefsen (SB) def. Kaufhold 5-7, 7-5 (13-11)
PROVO -- After a full week off, the BYU men's tennis team will face four teams in the next five days as they hit the road to take on UCSB (No. 72) on Saturday, Arizona State (No. 26) on Monday March 22, Stanford (No. 7) the following day and finish the road swing against California Berkeley (No. 23) on Wednesday March 24 respectively.
The Cougars look to take care of some unfinished business Saturday against the 6-4 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. In their last meeting against the Gauchos, BYU captured the doubles point just before the match was cancelled due to inclement weather. UCSB is on a four-match winning streak with recent wins over Yale and Utah State.
The 4-7 Sun Devils of Arizona State will be looking for a much-needed win against BYU when the Cougars come to Phoenix. The Sun Devils were blanked in their last two matches against No. 8 UCLA and NO. 4 USC.
Stanford's top doubles duo, Sam Warburg and All-American KC Corkery, is coming off a big win at the 115th annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championship capturing the consolation championship as the No. 3 seed. The Cardinal is 8-2 on the season.
As the BYU men's team rolls into Berkeley to finish it's four-match road trip, it will look to avenge its 5-0 loss to Cal Berkeley in the 2003 campaign.
"The key to our success in these matches will be winning the doubles points early," head coach Brad Pearce said. "I'm confident in our team's ability to win. We've had some tough losses, but we've also had some really close matches against some of the nation's top-ranked teams."
Despite their 1-10 record this season, the Cougars have played some of the top-ranked teams in the country, posting one of the toughest schedules in Division I Tennis.