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Anonymous | Posted: 2 Feb 2009 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Men's Tennis Slides Past Elon


Williamsburg, Va. (February 2, 2009) –Earning the doubles point made the difference for the Cougars in Saturday’s 4-3 win over Elon at the Tribe National Indoor Invite. With the win, BYU improves to 4-2 while the Phoenix is still looking for its first win of the season.

"It was a tough match, but it felt great to come home with another win under our belt," BYU coach Brad Pearce said.

After falling to No. 63 William & Mary Friday, the Cougars bounced back to defeat Elon in the consolation round of the tournament. Doubles play gave the Cougars the edge following wins by Cassidy Mears and Daniel Hwang on court two and Georgy Batrakov and Thomas Shubert on court three.

BYU played with new pairs and in different positions during the doubles matches Saturday. Sophomore Thomas Shubert usually plays at the No. 1 position with Mears, but was recovering from a back injury. Instead, he played with sophomore Georgy Batrakov on court three, and the pair won in a close 8-6 match.

"We had not been winning the doubles point," Pearce said. "We wanted to make some adjustments, and they seemed to be effective during this match."

In singles, freshmen victories helped the Cougars earn the win. Roman Warias and Batrakov both won their respective matches to add to BYU’s point total. A win by Urbina at the No. 1 position secured the last point the team needed to defeat Elon.

"Evan has been playing great tennis, beating good players week in and week out," Pearce said. "He has had great energy on and off the court."

The Cougars head back to California next weekend to take on No. 11 Stanford Friday and Pacific Saturday.

No. 65 BYU- 4

Elon- 3


No. 1 - #49 Gooch/Nemec(Elon) def. Urbina/Young (BYU)- 8-4

No. 2 - Mears/Hwang (BYU) def. Helpingstine/Podlewski (Elon)- 8-4

No. 3 - Shubert/Batrakov (BYU) def. Rojas/Stauffer MacDowell (Elon)- 8-6


No. 1 - Evan Urbina (BYU) def. Damon Gooch (Elon) - 6-2, 7-6 (16-14)

No. 2 - #120 Oscar Podlewski (Elon) def. Thomas Shubert (BYU) - 6-0, 6-0

No. 3 - Roman Warias (BYU) def. Chase Helpingstine (Elon) - 7-6 (7-3), 6-4

No. 4 - Philip Nemec (Elon) def. Cassidy Mears (BYU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-1

No. 5 - Georgy Batrakov (BYU) def. C Stauffer MacDowell (Elon) - 6-4, 6-4

No. 6 - Alberto Rojas (Elon) def. Daniel Hwang (BYU) - 6-2, 6-2


Anonymous | Posted: 28 Jan 2009 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

BYU Heads East for Invite


PROVO -- The No. 70 BYU men’s tennis team (3-1) will travel to Virginia this weekend to participate in the Tribe National Indoor Invite hosted by the College of William & Mary. The Cougars will face the No. 64 Tribe Friday and play either Elon University or No. 61 Clemson Saturday.

“In a tournament situation, we create our own destiny,” BYU coach Brad Pearce said.

The Tribe has been busy this season, racking up a 7-2 record less than a month into the season. They are coming off back-to-back wins over Richmond and Longwood last week.

Clemson will face Elon University Friday. The Tigers are 1-1 on the season and will attempt to get back on track after a 7-0 loss to No. 3 Georgia. Elon is 0-1 this year after falling to No. 35 Duke last week.

BYU has an 0-1 all-time record against Clemson and has never played William & Mary or Elon.

“This opportunity was appealing to us because these are good, solid schools we haven’t played before,” Pearce said. “We’re expanding our reach.”

Friday’s matches begin at 8:30 a.m. ET and Saturday’s play starts at 4:30 p.m. Pearce said the time change combined with the early match will test the Cougars.

“It’s going to be a challenge, but we’ll meet it head on and be ready,” Pearce said.

Tribe National Indoor Invite

January 30, 2009

McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center

1. No. 64 William & Mary vs. No. 70 BYU

2. No. 61 Clemson vs. Elon

January 31, 2009

McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center

1. Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2

2. Loser of Match 1 vs. Loser of Match 2