Netters Sweep No. 48 Seahawks
PROVO -- Recording another sweep and maintaining a nine-match winning streak, the No. 38 BYU men’s tennis team finished off the BYU Invitational with a 6-0 win against No. 48 UNC Wilmington Saturday.
“Everybody has had good, tough matches,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “We were fortunate to have good wins against two good teams. We’ve been going hard and strong this month. Now the guys will get a much-needed day off.”
BYU (13-4) took back-to-back doubles wins to secure the doubles point. Georgy Batrakov and Thomas Shubert once again finished first with an 8-3 win against Seahawks Kosta Blank and Illia Ziamstou. Spencer Smith and Roman Warias finished off doubles by defeating Michael Periera and Rafael Aita 8-6.
Batrakov continued his success in a quick 6-1, 6-1 defeat of Kinshuk Sharma to start off singles. Shortly after, Smith recorded a 6-2, 6-2 victory on Court 3 against Chris Cooprider.
Shubert battled through a tough tiebreaker his first set, but dominated the second for the win against Blank 7-6 (3), 6-2. The senior’s point put BYU ahead of UNCW (14-4) 4-0. After the match was won, Warias finished his Court 5 match against Ziamtsou 6-1, 7-5 and Evan Urbina pushed the score to 6-0 with a 6-4, 7-6 (3) win against Pereira.
BYU was scheduled to play College of William and Mary at 5 p.m., but the match was cancelled due to W&M injuries sustained in the team’s previous match.
“We had four very good teams here this weekend and we really appreciated everyone working with the adjustments due to weather and schedule changing,” Pearce said.
Saturday, the Cougars begin conference play with a match against rival TCU at 11 a.m. at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts, weather permitting.
No. 38 BYU vs. No. 48 UNC Wilmington
1. Kawka/Urbina (BYU) vs. Cooprider/Sharma (UNCW) 6-6 susp.
2. Batrakov/Shubert (BYU) def. Blank/Ziamtsou (UNCW) 8-3
3. Smith/Warias (BYU) def. Aita/Pereira (UNCW) 8-6
Order of finish: 2, 3
1. Evan Urbina (BYU) def. Michael Pereira (UNCW) 6-4, 7-6 (3)
2. Georgy Batrakov (BYU) def. Kinshuk Sharma (UNCW) 6-1, 6-1
3. Spencer Smith (BYU) def. Chris Cooprider (UNCW) 6-2, 6-2
4. No. 101 Patrick Kawka (BYU) vs. Rafael Aita (UNCW) 6-1, 3-6, 5-5 susp.
5. Thomas Shubert (BYU) def. Kosta Blank (UNCW) 7-6 (3), 6-2
6. Roman Warias (BYU) def. Illia Ziamtsou (UNCW) 6-1, 7-5
Order of finish: 2, 3, 5, 6, 1
William and Mary vs. UC Santa Barbara
1. Guthrie/Vidal (W&M) def. Konigsfeldt/Chavez-Goggin (UCSB) 8-5
2. Recknagel/Forget (UCSB) def. Banks/Orre (W&M) 8-5
3. Whiteford/Andersson (W&M) def. Therp/Jurgensen (UCSB) 8-6
1. Benjamin Recknagel (UCSB) vs. Anton Andersson (W&M) 6-1, 0-1 susp.
2. Alex Konigsfeldt (UCSB) def. Ben Guthrie (W&M) 6-3, 6-0
3. Jamie Whiteford (W&M) def. Taylor Chavez-Goggin (UCSB) 5-7, 7-6, 6-1
4. Mathieu Forget (UCSB) def. Sebastien Vidal (W&M) 7-6, 7-6
5. Max Glenn (UCSB) def. Ilja Orre (W&M) 6-4, 6-3
6. Philip Therp (UCSB) def. John Banks (W&M) 6-3, 6-7, 6-1
No. 38 BYU Men's Tennis Hosts Invitational
PROVO -- After seven straight wins, the No. 38 BYU men’s tennis team welcomes College of William and Mary, UC Santa Barbara and No. 48 UNC Wilmington to its tennis courts for the BYU Invitational Friday and Saturday.
BYU (11-4) pulled off its ninth sweep of the season against University of the Pacific Saturday and is looking to continue its winning record. Five of the Cougars’ last seven wins were against nationally ranked teams.
Evan Urbina and No. 101 Patrick Kawka lead the team in singles with a 24-8 record and 23-7 record, respectively. Pairing up for doubles, the duo has recorded 18 wins. Georgy Batrakov and Thomas Shubert are undefeated in doubles with a 6-0 record.
W&M is 10-10 on the season, coming off a 5-2 win against Binghamton after a five-match losing streak. Jamie Whiteford and Sebastien Vidal of W&M are the highest ranked doubles team in the tournament at No. 33.
UCSB holds a 6-7 record after winning its last three matches. UNC Wilmington is 13-3 after a home win against Cornell.
The invitational starts with a matchup between W&M and UNCW Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the indoor tennis courts. BYU and UCSB will face off at 6 p.m.
Saturday, BYU takes on UNCW at 9 a.m. while W&M plays UCSB at the outdoor courts, weather permitting. The last matches of the weekend starts at 2 p.m., with BYU playing W&M and UCSB playing UNCW.
Admission to all matches is free. Spectators may park in the “Y Lot” parking lots to the northwest and southwest of the indoor tennis courts after 4 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday.