Men's Tennis Slips Past Lobos
PROVO, Utah -- Despite losing the doubles point, the No. 36 BYU men’s tennis team held strong for a 4-3 victory against No. 54 New Mexico to continue its undefeated conference record.
“We knew coming in that New Mexico had a great program, was well-coached and had great competitors,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “Losing doubles was tough, but I’m thrilled with the win. I’m grateful to the guys and the way they competed. I told them before the match, ‘We need to play to win instead of playing not to lose.’”
Duo Georgy Batrakov and Thomas Shubert pulled of an impressive win against No. 57 Phil Anderson and Jadon Phillips on Court 1, taking down the Lobo pair 8-6. The Cougars (17-4, 4-0) fell behind on the last two courts despite Spencer Smith and Roman Warias coming from behind to tie their match 8-8. Their opponents, Joe Wood and Carl Ho, took the match in the 7-5 tiebreaker.
Batrakov came back strong in singles play, putting up BYU’s first point after a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Phillips on Court 2. The victory was the junior’s 16th in a row. No. 110 Patrick Kawka tied the match 2-2 by taking down Conor Berg 6-3, 6-7, 6-1.
On Court 3, Spencer Smith held, bouncing back from losing the first set by winning seven games in row. Smith finished the match 3-6, 6-0, 6-4, giving BYU a one-point advantage over the Lobos (12-9, 2-2).
Shubert secured Cougar victory with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Anderson, giving BYU its 13th-straight win.
The Lobos scored two singles points, with wins at positions No. 1 and No. 6. Cougar Evan Urbina fell 6-1, 6-3 to Ben Dunbar and Warias fell 7-6, 7-6 to Wood.
The Cougars play Air Force Saturday at 11 a.m. at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts, weather permitting.
No. 36 BYU vs. No. 54 New Mexico
1. Batrakov/Shubert (BYU) def. No. 57 Anderson/Phillips (UNM) 8-6
2. Berg/Dunbar (UNM) def. Kawka/Urbina (BYU) 8-4
3. Ho/Wood (UNM) def. Smith/Warias (BYU) 9-8 (5)
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
1. Ben Dunbar (UNM) def. Evan Urbina (BYU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Georgy Batrakov (BYU) def. Jadon Phillips (UNM) 6-2, 6-4
3. Spencer Smith (BYU) def. Carl Ho (UNM) 3-6, 6-0, 6-4
4. No. 110 Patrick Kawka (BYU) def. Conor Berg (UNM) 6-3, 6-7, 6-1
5. Thomas Shubert (BYU) def. Phil Anderson (UNM) 6-3, 6-3
6. Joe Wood (UNM) def. Roman Warias (BYU) 7-6, 7-6
Order of finish: 1, 2, 4, 3, 5, 6
No. 36 Men's Tennis Preps for Lobos, Falcons
PROVO, Utah -- Still at the top of the Mountain West Conference, the No. 36 BYU men’s tennis team hosts No. 54 New Mexico Thursday at 1 p.m. in this season’s Y Game followed by an Air Force matchup at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The Cougars (16-4, 3-0) wrapped up last week’s play with a 5-2 win against San Diego State Saturday on the Aztecs’ home courts. Prior to Saturday’s victory, the Cougars took down No. 52 UNLV 5-2 Thursday in Las Vegas.
BYU is the only undefeated team in the Mountain West Conference after two weeks of conference play, having won 12 matches in row.
Junior Georgy Batrakov hasn’t lost a singles match since January, continuing his 15-match winning streak with two wins against UNLV and SDSU opponents. With Thomas Shubert, Batrakov is 10-1 in doubles.
No. 110 Patrick Kawka is 26-8 in singles and teams up with Evan Urbina for a 19-9 doubles record. Urbina has the highest number of singles wins, with a 27-10 overall record.
Sophomore Spencer Smith, a Salt Lake City native, is on his own 12-match winning streak with a 20-4 singles record.
Jadon Philips plays at the No. 1 position for UNM (12-8, 2-1) and holds a 12-7 record. With Phil Anderson, Philips has a 13-5 doubles record.
The Lobos are coming off a loss to TCU Saturday, dropping them to third place in conference.
Air Force (10-9, 0-3) will play Utah State Thursday and Utah Friday before meeting BYU Saturday for the USTA Campus Kid’s Day match.
Both matches will be played at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts, weather permitting. Admission is free and pizza and prizes will be provided.
Spectators may park in the Y Lot parking lots south of the outdoor courts and north and south of the Indoor Practice Facility on Thursday. Parking rules will not be enforced in these lots Thursday, but will be enforced in all other A, G and Y parking lots. For Saturday’s match, spectators may park in any Y Lots.