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rachelhawks | Posted: 19 Apr 2011 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Men's Tennis Ends Winning Streak at Stanford


PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The No. 35 BYU men’s tennis team suffered a 7-0 loss to No. 8 Stanford Tuesday, the team’s first loss since February.

“I think we learned some things as to how we need to get better individually,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “I think a little dose of humility will be good for us. But we have nothing to hang our heads about. We got beat by a very good team today playing very good tennis. We’ll bounce back and regroup and be ready to take on Utah Saturday.”

The loss broke the Cougars’ 14-match winning streak that began with a sweep of Nevada Feb. 18. BYU now holds an 18-5 overall record and is still undefeated in conference play.

No. 80 Georgy Batrakov and Thomas Shubert fell 8-5 to No. 3 Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thatcher at the No. 1 position followed by Spencer Smith and Roman Warias falling 8-3 to Jamin Ball and Alex Clayton. Evan Urbina and Patrick Kawka fought long and hard on Court 2, but lost in the tiebreaker to Matt Kandath and Denis Lin 8-7 (5).

Batrakov continued to press hard in singles play, ending up the only Cougar to win a set, but lost in the tiebreaking set to No. 43 Thacher 6-4, 4-6, (10-3). Urbina and Spencer were defeated in singles by No. 9 Klahn and No. 66 Clayton, respectively. Wins on Courts 4, 5 and 6 completed Stanford’s sweep.

“Stanford has beaten some of the top teams in the country this year,” Pearce said. “Their coach said this was one of the better matches they’ve played this year. The bright side of this is they were aware of the type of season we’ve been having and they prepared for that.”

The Cardinal advances to a 17-5 record, 4-1 in the Pac-10.

BYU finishes conference play with a home match against rival Utah Saturday at 1 p.m., the teams’ final meeting as Mountain West Conference foes. Admission is free and fans may park in Y Lot parking lots northwest and south of the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts. All fans wearing blue will receive a ticket for a free JDawgs hot dog.

In the case of bad weather, the match will be moved to the Indoor Tennis Courts.

No. 35 BYU vs. No. 8 Stanford

BYU-0 Stanford-7


1) No. 3 Klahn/Thacher (STAN) def. No. 80 Batrakov/Shubert (BYU) 8-5

2) Matt Kandath/Lin (STAN) def. Kawka/Urbina (BYU) 8-7 (5)

3) Ball/Clayton (STAN) def. Smith/Warias (BYU) 8-3

Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2


1) No. 9 Bradley Klahn (STAN) def. Evan Urbina (BYU) 6-3, 6-0

2) No. 43 Ryan Thacher (STAN) def. Georgy Batrakov (BYU) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (3)

3) No. 66 Alex Clayton (STAN) def. Spencer Smith (BYU) 6-3, 6-3

4) Denis Lin (STAN) def. No. 107 Patrick Kawka (BYU) 6-4, 6-2

5) Matt Kandath (STAN) def. Thomas Shubert (BYU) 6-3, 6-4

6) Jamin Ball (STAN) def. Roman Warias (BYU) 6-0, 6-2

Order of Finish: 1, 4, 3, 6, 5, 2


rachelhawks | Posted: 18 Apr 2011 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

No. 36 Men's Tennis Enters Last Week of Regular Season


PROVO, Utah -- Taking a break from conference play before the last regular season match, the No. 36 BYU men’s tennis team faces No. 8 Stanford Tuesday and rival Utah Saturday.

BYU (18-4, 5-0) will play Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The match against Utah will be played at 1 p.m. Saturday at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts, weather permitting.

A win against Utah would secure the regular season Conference Champions title for the Cougars, their second consecutive win of the title.

Cougars Georgy Batrakov and Thomas Shubert pulled off impressive doubles wins against No. 54 New Mexico and Air Force Thursday and Saturday, respectively, downing Lobos No. 57 Phil Anderson and Jadon Phillips and Falcons Lance Wilhelm and Steven Young. The duo is 12-1 on the season.

Batrakov holds a 17-match winning streak in singles with a 19-2 record. Freshman No. 110 Patrick Kawka is 28-8 overall in singles and Spencer Smith of Salt Lake City is 22-4.

Stanford (14-5, 4-1) is led by No. 10 Bradley Klahn (21-9 in singles), No. 43 Ryan Thatcher (19-11) and No. 71 Alex Clayton (18-9). No. 4 Klahn and Thatcher team up for doubles with a 32-4 record and Clayton teams up with Ted Kelly, the No. 69 doubles team, with a 10-7 record.

The Utes are 7-13 on the season and 1-4 in conference. Alejandro Medinilla leads the team with a 16-15 singles record. Benito Suriano leads in conference play with a 3-2 record. In doubles, Medinilla and Suriano are 6-6 overall.

A ceremony honoring BYU’s three seniors—Thomas Shubert, Evan Urbina and Roman Warias—will be held after Saturday’s match. The team will also honor former coaches and alumni during the 10-minute break between doubles and singles.

All fans wearing blue Saturday will received a ticket for a free JDawgs hot dog. Fans can win Roger Federer posters and other prizes in a raffle between doubles and singles play.

Spectators may park in the Y Lot parking lots northwest and south of the outdoor courts. Admission is free.