Two is Better Than One for Cougars
PROVO -- In front of an energized crowd, the No. 64 BYU men’s tennis team came away with wins over Weber State and Utah State Friday. The Cougars tallied 7-0 sweeps against both teams en route to their first two victories of the year.
"They were fun matches with an awesome crowd and great atmosphere," BYU coach Brad Pearce said. "It was a great day to be a BYU tennis player."
George Batrakov and Daniel Hwang notched the first win on the day for the Cougars, overpowering their WSU opponents 8-2 on court three. BYU secured the doubles point when Thomas Shubert and Cassidy Mears defeated Sascha Kiehne and Simon Unger at the No. 1 spot. The Wildcats were able to take one of the three doubles matches with a victory on court two.
BYU sailed through singles with wins by Batrakov, Evan Urbina and Shubert clinching the Cougars’ first victory of the season. Mears found himself in a battle with Wildcat Kiehne at the No. 3 spot. The Cougar captain edged out his opponent 7-6 in a first set tiebreak and then put the match away 6-4 in the second.
"Everybody got a little match experience and a little taste of what it's like to play collegiate tennis," Pearce said.
In the second match, Utah State stayed with the Cougars stroke-for-stroke to start doubles play. The tide soon turned and all three of the BYU duos were able to gain the advantage over their challengers, collecting the second doubles point of the day.
The Cougars left nothing to chance, quickly recording wins on courts one, four and three to seal the victory. Urbina, at the No. 2 position, had the only three-set match of the contest. The junior won the first set 6-4 before dropping the second 6-1. He was down 3-0 in the third before storming back to win six games in a row and give BYU a five-point lead.
BYU racked up two more wins to earn its second sweep and improve its record to 2-0 on the season.
"Weber State and Utah State came ready to play," Pearce said. "We had to dig deep in both matches to do as well as we did."
The men’s team will resume the season next week against No. 4 UCLA in Los Angeles.
1. Mears/Shubert (BYU) def. Kiehne/Unger (WSU) 8-4
2. Hipp/Marchant (WSU) def. Urbina/Warias (BYU) 8-6
3. Batrakov/Hwang (BYU) def. Paterson/Hintze (WSU) 8-2
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1. T. Shubert (BYU) def. H. Hipp (WSU) 6-4, 6-3
2. E. Urbina (BYU) def. S. Unger (WSU) 6-3, 6-1
3. C. Mears (BYU) def. S. Kiehne (WSU) 7-6, 6-4
4. G. Batrakov (BYU) def. S. Marchant (WSU) 6-2, 6-1
5. R. Warias (BYU) def. C. Paterson (WSU) 7-5, 6-2
6. M. Eraso (BYU) def. D. Hintze (WSU) 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 2, 4, 1, 3, 5, 6
1. Mears/Shubert (BYU) def. Asplund/Marchant (USU) 8-4
2. Campos/Urbina (BYU) def. Maharaj/Poslusny (USU) 8-6
3. Batrakov/Hwang (BYU) def. Ballam/Thatcher (USU) 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1. T. Shubert (BYU) def. J. Asplund (USU) 6-3, 6-2
2. E. Urbina (BYU) def. S. Poslusny (USU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
3. C. Mears (BYU) def. B. Marchant (USU) 6-3, 6-2
4. G. Batrakov (BYU) def. A. Maharaj (USU) 6-1, 6-4
5. R. Warias (BYU) def. A. Thatcher (USU) 7-6, 6-4
6. M. Eraso (BYU) def. N. Ballam (USU) 6-1, 6-0
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 3, 2, 6, 5
Opening Day for BYU Netters
PROVO -- For the third consecutive year, the No. 64 BYU men’s tennis team will open its season against Weber State and Utah State in a doubleheader Friday.
The Cougars will be hitting the court for the first time since November, when the squad faced challengers from the University of Hawaii in a round-robin tournament where BYU amassed 27 wins out of a possible 32 over three days.
During the fall tournament season, members of the BYU team played opponents from Weber State and Utah State at the Utah Intercollegiates and the Mountain Region Championship. Cougars went a perfect 9-0 against WSU and 7-1 against USU in singles throughout the fall.
History favors the home team as BYU owns a 49-3 record versus the Wildcats and an even more impressive 46-0 record versus the Aggies.
Both matches will be played at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts, located east of South Field. The contest against Weber State begins at noon and play versus Utah State follows at 5: 30 p.m.
Pizza and prizes will be available for fans at the matches. All BYU “Y Lot” parking lots are open to the public after 4 p.m. Friday.