PROVO -- A warm and breezy morning ended with a postponed all-BYU singles final and Boise State doubles champions on the last day of the Utah Fall Tennis Classic.
“It was a good first tournament to see where everybody is at and what we need to work on,” BYU assistant coach Zack Warren said.
Four players dwindled to two in singles as BYU’s Cassidy Mears and Evan Urbina advanced to the finals after winning their respective semifinal matches. Mears made quick work of teammate Thomas Shubert in his 6-1, 6-3 victory.
Urbina, on the other hand, found that junior player Tyler Loong was more than he bargained for. Loong clinched a close first set 7-5 before the BYU junior stormed back to take the second 6-0. Both players seemed to find a rhythm in the decisive third set with Urbina pulling away for a 7-5 result.
Boise State’s Alex Bothe and Erik Sheldon dashed any hope of featuring only Cougars in both finals with their win over Georgy Batrakov and Thomas Shubert. Despite getting down early in the match, the BYU tandem recovered to force a 9-7 scoreline in the end.
Bothe and Sheldon maintained their pace in the final and gave Mears and Urbina their stiffest competition of the tournament and handed them an 8-4 loss to claim the doubles title.
“It was great to have Boise State and Utah here giving us good competition,” Warren said. “It was nice to see BYU players in the finals of both singles and doubles.”
Because of time constraints, the singles final between Mears and Urbina will be played later this week.
For final results, click here.
PROVO -- The No. 64 BYU men’s tennis team will begin the fall tournament season this weekend by hosting the annual Utah Fall Tennis Classic. The three-day tournament will feature returning and former players as well as new freshmen Ricardo Campos and Spencer Smith.
Cougars will compete against local players and regional opponents including those from Utah, Utah State and Boise State. BYU will look to keep the single’s title at home for the third consecutive year after junior Thomas Shubert was crowned last year and head coach Brad Pearce took the championship the year before.
Play begins at 9 a.m. Thursday at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts. The courts are located south of the soccer stadium with the entrance on the east side. Admission is free and the tournament is open to the public.
All BYU “Y Lot” parking lots are available for public parking after 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and all lots are open Saturday.
The United States Tennis Association sanctions this tournament. Any participating college players are performing as individuals and do not represent their schools. Results will not impact Intercollegiate Tennis Association or NCAA rankings.
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