Cougars Earn Second Win of the Weekend
PROVO -- The No. 63 BYU men’s tennis team breezed past Loyola Marymount 7-0 Friday, it’s second win in two days. The squad remains a perfect 7-0 while playing at home this season.
“Our guys are comfortable at home,” BYU coach Brad Pearce said. “We get great crowd support, and they thrive on that energy.”
Doubles play belonged to the Cougars again. The team swept all three matches to earn the point and the early advantage. Cassidy Mears and Evan Urbina were the first to strike, with an 8-3 win on court three.
In singles, Shubert and Urbina recorded wins to bring BYU one point away from the win. Both players gave up only two games in their respective matches en route to straight-set victories. Mears extended his winning streak to seven matches and clinched the win for the Cougars on court four.
Warias won his first set, but LMU’s Ivan Lopez came back to take the second. The two went back-and-forth before Warias edged out Lopez in the third set tiebreak to earn BYU’s fifth point of the match.
“This is great preparation for our back-to-back three match weekends in the next two weeks,” Pearce said.
The Cougars will play their last home match of the season Saturday against Montana State. The match begins at 3 p.m. at the BYU Indoor Courts, south of the Smith Fieldhouse.
Admission is free, and the team will provide pizza and prizes for fans. All BYU “Y Lot” parking lots are open to the public all day Saturday.
No. 63 BYU-7
1. Batrakov/Warias (BYU) def. Malet/Maggi (LMU) 8-6
2. Hwang/Shubert (BYU) def. Berhof/Bazula (LMU) 8-2
3. Mears/Urbina (BYU) def. Lopez/Von Der Ahe (LMU) 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
1. R. Warias (BYU) def. I. Lopez (LMU) 6-4, 2-6, 10-8
2. T. Shubert (BYU) def. J. Berhof (LMU) 6-1, 6-1
3. E. Urbina (BYU) def. R. Maggi (LMU) 6-0, 6-2
4. C. Mears (BYU) def. G. Bazula (LMU) 6-2, 6-4
5. A. Young (BYU) def. B. Malet (LMU) 3-6, 6-3, 10-7
6. T. Fillmore (BYU) def. A. Andresian (LMU) 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: 2, 3, 4, 1, 6, 5
Last Home Matches of the Season for BYU
PROVO -- After splitting matches on the road last week, the No. 63 men’s tennis team will return home to host Eastern Washington, Loyola Marymount and Montana State. These will be the Cougars’ final home matches of the season.
Eastern Washington comes to Provo with a 10-6 record. The Eagles last result was a 7-0 sweep of Bethany, but they will play Weber State and Idaho State before facing BYU. EWU’s Nico Riego de Dios and Kyle Schraeder comprise the first ranked doubles team in the school’s history, coming in at the No. 72 spot.
The Cougars will turn their attention to Loyola Marymount Friday. The Lions have struggled this season, compiling a 3-12 record so far. They dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 57 Harvard in their last outing. Last season, LMU defeated BYU 4-3 in Los Angeles.
Montana State will be the Cougars’ last foe of the weekend and last home match of the season. The Bobcats are 8-6 with their last result being a 4-3 win over Azusa Pacific. BYU defeated Montana State 6-1 when the teams met last year.
Thursday’s match against Eastern Washington begins at 6 p.m. at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts, east of South Field. Friday and Saturday’s matches start at 1: 30 p.m. at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Center, weather permitting.
Admission is free, and the team will provide pizza and prizes for fans. All BYU “Y Lot” parking lots are open to the public after 4 p.m. during the week and all day Saturday.