Cougars Win Both Matches in Doubleheader
PROVO -- The No. 38 ranked BYU men’s tennis team sent out the message that the Cougars are back and ready for action, going undefeated in their matchups against Weber State and Utah State Friday at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts.
"The team played really well tonight," BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. "It surprised me a little that they did so well so early in the season after a big break between playing."
The doubleheader started off with the Weber State battle, which BYU won 7-0.
In the No. 1 spot for doubles, Thomas Shubert and Spencer Smith of Salt Lake City took down Wildcats Simon Unger and Peter Ramstromer Pello 8-2, followed rapidly by Georgy Batrakov and Daniel Hwang defeating Landon Barlow of Salt Lake City and David Hintze of Bountiful, Utah, 8-3 to clinch the doubles point.
Ricardo Campos and freshman Tyler Loong of Orem, Utah, finished up doubles play by winning their match against Oliver Good and Ciao Poitena 8-4.
After snatching the doubles point with three wins, the Cougars held strong to sweep in singles.
Smith clinched the first Cougar singles victory of the season, defeating Ramstromer Pello 6-2, 6-1. He was joined in victory by teammates Hwang, Batrakov, Urbina, Freshman Patrick Kawka and Roman Warias.
Urbina fought hard in the No. 1 spot against Unger, going to a tiebreaker in the first set and losing the second before taking the match in the final (7-6, 1-6, 6-4).
In the Utah State match which the Cougars won 6-1, Urbina and Kawka took the first doubles point with victory against Alex Thatcher of Paradise, Utah, and Lenny Whiting (8-2). Batrakov and Hwang took down Fredrik Peterson and Nate Ballam of Logan, Utah, (8-2) and Shubert and Smith defeated Sven Poslusny and Bryan Marchant of Salt Lake City (8-6).
BYU running back Josh Quezada showed football coach Bronco Mendenhall a thing or two about tennis in the intermission, defeating his coach 2-1 in a three-game match.
Quezada teamed up with Pearce’s son,10, also named Josh. Mendenhall’s teammate was BYU mascot Cosmo.
Team Josh quickly took the first game, but Mendenhall and Cosmo came back to win the second. In the final match, the teams were tied, but Team Josh broke ahead for the win.
Fans packed the Indoor Tennis Courts to watch the match.
“I was really pleased with the turnout,” Pearce said. “I hope more and more people keep coming to our home matches this season.”
In singles play, Shubert only allowed opponent Jakob Asplund two games, defeating him 6-1, 6-1 to finish first. Batrakov finished second against Peterson (6-1, 6-1).
Urbina had any easier time in the No. 1 spot against Utah State, going 6-3 in the first set against Poslusny and sweeping the final set 6-0. He was followed by victories from Smith and Kawka.
Hwang lost to Thatcher in a grueling three-set match (7-5, 1-6, 10-4).
Up next for the Cougars, a duel with Pearce's alma mater UCLA, Friday in Los Angeles.
Weber State-0 BYU-7
1. Shubert/Smith (BYU) def. Unger/Ramstromer Pello (WSU) 8-2
2. Batrakov/Hwang (BYU) def. Barlow/Hintze (WSU) 8-3
3. Campos/ Loong (BYU) def. Good/Poitena (WSU) 8-4
Order of finsih: 1, 2, 3
1. E. Urbina (BYU) def. S. Unger (WSU) 7-6 (7), 1-6, 6-4
2. S. Smith (BYU) def. P. Ramstromer Pello (WSU) 6-2, 6-1
3. G. Batrakov (BYU) def. L. Barlow (WSU) 6-0, 6-4
4. D. Hwang (BYU) def. C. Poitena (WSU) 6-2, 6-0
5. P. Kawka (BYU) def. D. Hintze (WSU) 6-0, 6-1
6. R. Warias (BYU) def. O. Good (WSU) 6-3, 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 4, 3, 1, 5, 6
Utah State-1 BYU-6
1. Shubert/Smith (BYU) def. Marchant/Poslusny (USU) 8-6
2. Kawka/Urbina (BYU) def. Thatcher/Whiting (USU) 8-2
3. Batrakov/Hwang (BYU) def. Ballam/Peterson (USU) 8-2
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
1. E. Urbina (BYU) def. S. Poslusny (USU) 6-3, 6-0
2. T. Shubert (BYU) def. J. Asplund (USU) 6-1, 6-1
3. G. Batrakov (BYU) def. F. Peterson (USU) 6-1, 6-2
4. S. Smith (BYU) def. B. Marchant (USU) 6-4, 6-0
5. A. Thatcher (USU) def. D. Hwang (BYU) 7-5, 1-6, 10-4
6. P. Kawka (BYU) def. L. Whiting (USU) 6-0, 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1, 4, 6, 5
Netters Launch Season Against Wildcats and Aggies
PROVO -- Following a successful round of fall tournaments, the No. 38 BYU men’s tennis team will kick off the spring season with back-to-back match ups against in-state rivals Weber State and Utah State Friday at noon and 5:30 p.m. respectively.
BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall and freshman running back Josh Quezada will face off on the tennis court during the intermission of the Utah State match. They will be joined by Cosmo and a mystery player.
During fall tournament play, the Cougars put up an 8-1 record against Weber State and a 7-3 record against Utah State.
BYU leads the series with both rivals, going 50-3 against WSU and 47-0 against USU. Friday’s matches mark the fourth consecutive year the Cougars opened the season with matches against the Wildcats and the Aggies.
The Cougars start the 2011 season with two nationally ranked singles players and two ranked doubles duos. Freshman Patrick Kawka ranked No. 88 in the ITA poll and senior and team captain Evan Urbina ranked No. 110. Sophomore Spencer Smith is ranked in two doubles pairs, No. 41 with Daniel Hwang and No. 44 with Thomas Shubert.
Shubert and Smith took the Mountain Region doubles title in October, beating teammates Kawka and Urbina in the final. Shubert and Smith then traveled to New York to participate in the ITA National Indoor Championships at the site of the U.S. Open.
BYU swept the Utah Invitational with Urbina taking the singles title and Hwang and Smith taking the doubles. Shubert took the Utah Fall Tennis Classic singles title. Four players were also invited to the ITA All-American Championships.
The match against Weber State is at noon at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts, followed by a 5:30 pm. match up with Utah State. The Courts are located south of the Smith Fieldhouse.
Pizza and prizes will be provided. Spectators may park in the “Y Lot” parking lots southwest and northwest of the courts after 4p.m. Attendance to both matches is free.