Netters Sweep Wolf Pack
PROVO -- Adding another clean sweep to its record, the No. 56 BYU men’s tennis team took down the Nevada Wolf Pack 7-0 Friday to stay undefeated at home.
“We came out and played a much better match than I expected,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “Once we got the doubles point, everyone was loose and really played great tennis. There wasn’t a single match I was worried about.”
The Cougars (5-4) hit hard with back-to-back doubles victories led by freshman Patrick Kawka and team captain Evan Urbina, who crushed Wessim Derbel and Qeuntin Mege with an 8-3 win on Court 1. Georgy Batrakov and Thomas Shubert followed close behind with an 8-5 win against Kristian Kuharszky and Victor Ouvrard on Court 2.
Singles play proved a success for BYU, each Cougar taking his match in straight sets. Michael Eraso took the first singles point for the Cougars, defeating Kyle Walker 6-2, 6-1. Roman Warias finished second on Court 4, beating Mege 6-1, 6-2. Securing victory for BYU, Batrakov pulled off a 6-1, 6-1 win against Ouvrard on Court 2 for a 4-0 Cougar lead.
Kawka came in with a win on Court 3 against Kuharszky 6-2, 6-4. Urbina continued to dominate on Court 1, increasing his Court 1 record to 6-0 by winning his match against Derbel 6-3, 6-4.
The Cougars will make another home appearance Friday against No. 48 Denver at 5:30 p.m.
No. 56 BYU vs. Nevada
1. Kawka/Urbina (BYU) def. Derbel/Mege (UNR) 8-3
2. Batrakov/Shubert (BYU) def. Kuharszky/Ouvrard (UNR) 8-5
3. Loong/Warias (BYU) default UNR
Order of finish: 1,2
1. Evan Urbina (BYU) def. Wessim Derbel (UNR) 6-3, 6-4
2. Georgy Batrakov (BYU) def. Victor Ouvrard (UNR) 6-1, 6-1
3. Patrick Kawka (BYU) def. Kristian Kuharszky (UNR) 6-2, 6-4
4. Roman Warias (BYU) def. Quentin Mege (UNR) 6-1, 6-2
5. Michael Eraso (BYU) def. Kyle Walker (UNR) 6-2, 6-1
6. Thomas Shubert (BYU) default UNR
Order of finish: 5, 4, 2, 3, 1
Netters Host Nevada Friday
PROVO -- Seeking to protect the house and continue an undefeated home record, the No. 56 BYU men’s tennis team will face the Nevada Wolf Pack Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts.
BYU (4-4) has a 4-0 home record after a Feb. 4 matchup with Montana State. Team captain Evan Urbina leads the Cougars with a 20-7 record, followed by Patrick Kawka with a 16-7 record. The duo also leads the team in doubles with a 13-6 record. In second on the team is No. 77 pair Thomas Shubert and Spencer Smith holding a 7-4 record.
The Wolf Pack is 2-2 for the season and beat UMKC Feb. 7 6-1 in its latest match.
Admission is free and free pizza and prizes are available. Spectators may park in “Y Lot” parking lots to the northwest and southwest of the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts.