UC Irvine Defeats Cougars at Home
PROVO -- After winning the doubles point, the BYU men's tennis team was defeated 4-3 by UC Irvine on Tuesday. With the loss, the Cougars fall to 12-7 and record their first home loss of the season.
"I'm extremely disappointed," said BYU head coach Brad Pearce. "We had a tough, ranked opponent at home today. We've got to have guys rise to the occasion for big matches like these."
Daniel Hwang and Thomas Shubert recorded BYU's first win of the day at No. 2 doubles. Their 9-7 win was soon followed by a 9-8 tiebreaking win by Jonathan Sanchez and A.J. Young on court three. Cassidy Mears and Evan Urbina also forced their match into a tiebreaker, but ended up falling to Victor Lamm and Ajay Ahluwalia.
In singles play, Urbina dropped a 6-3, 6-1 match to Trevor Dobson at the No. 4 position, while Young posted a 6-3, 6-1 win over Ryan Mayer. On court two, Shubert fell to No. 106 Lamm, 6-4, 6-2.
UC Irvine took a 3-2 lead after Alex Sundling defeated Sanchez at the top spot. Mears battled in a tough three-set match, but lost 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to Khunpol Issara, clinching the match for the Anteaters. With the result of the match already decided, Hwang notched another point for BYU with his 7-5, 6-4 win over Stephen Stege.
"A.J. [Young] did a great job today, winning in both singles and doubles, and Hwang battled to win a tough match," said Pearce. "Today we got the doubles point, just didn't have great performances in all the singles matches."
The Cougars will commence Mountain West Conference play on Thursday when they go to Las Vegas to take on the Rebels of UNLV.
No. 60 UC Irvine def. BYU, 3-4
March 25, 2008 - Provo, Utah
1. Sanchez/Young (BYU) def. Issara/Stege (UCI) 9-8(5)
2. Hwang/Shubert (BYU) def. Dobson/Taylor (UCI) 9-7
3. Lamm/Ahluwalia (BYU) def. Mears/Urbina (BYU) 9-8(4)
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
1. A. Sundling (UCI) def. J. Sanchez (BYU) 7-5, 6-3
2. No. 106 V. Lamm (UCI) def. T. Shubert (BYU) 6-4, 6-2
3. K. Issara (UCI) def. C. Mears (BYU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
4. T. Dobson (UCI) def. E. Urbina (BYU) 6-3, 6-1
5. D. Hwang (BYU) def. S. Stege (UCI) 7-5, 6-4
6. A. Young (BYU) def. R. Mayer (UCI) 6-3, 6-1
Order of finish: 4, 6, 2, 1, 3, 5
BYU Hosts UC Irvine
PROVO -- Before heading to Las Vegas to open conference play, the BYU men's tennis team will host No. 57 UC Irvine on Tuesday at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts. The Cougars look to remain undefeated at home this season.
BYU improved to 12-6 on the season upon returning home from the Boise State Spring Break Invitational last weekend. The Cougars recorded a 4-2 win over Nevada on Friday, followed by a 5-2 win over Yale on Saturday to end the tournament.
After a week off, the Anteaters of UC Irvine come to Provo with a 7-8 record. Senior Victor Lamm leads the team with a 10-4 singles record.
The match will begin at 1 p.m. and admission is free. BYU "Y Lot" parking is available to visitors after 4 p.m.