Outdoor Tennis Courts
150 E Provo UT 84602
PROVO, Utah – Sweeping doubles play gave the No. 45 BYU men’s tennis team momentum for a 6-1 win over West Coast Conference opponent Gonzaga, Friday at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts.
“We did a pretty good job in doubles today,” BYU coach Brad Pearce said. “Spencer Smith and Patrick Kawka did a nice job of getting on top of their opponents and getting off the courts quickly. Georgy Batrakov wasn’t feeling great and hopefully he’ll be back tomorrow. Keaton Cullimore and Francis Sargeant had great matches along with a good comeback win for Michael Eraso.”
The Cougars (12-7, 2-2 WCC) started the match strong, winning on all three doubles courts to take a 1-0 lead over the Zags (8-8, 1-3 WCC). BYU took quick 4-1 and 4-0 leads on courts 1 and 2, respectively. Playing on Court 1 for the Cougars, senior Georgy Batrakov and sophomore Patrick Kawka earned an 8-3 win before junior Spencer Smith and freshman Francis Sargeant finished with the same score on Court 2.
Gonzaga’s Alvaro Nazal pulled off a win against an ill Batrakov in singles, but the Cougars made sure that was the Zags’ only win. Kawka made quick work of Oliver Jamin, 6-0, 6-2, on Court 3 for BYU’s first singles point. Smith followed suit, routing his Court 2 opponent 6-1, 6-3. Playing at the No. 4 position, Cullimore sealed the match win for the Cougars, taking a 6-3, 6-2 decision over Zhia Hwa Chong.
Sargeant and Eraso netted the last two singles wins for BYU. Sargeant topped Vladimir Mijatovic 6-3, 6-4 before Eraso battled in a tiebreaker for a 5-7, 7-5, 10-8 win.
“We felt pretty confident going into today’s match and hopefully we can carry that momentum into tomorrow’s match,” Pearce said. “We’ve played Portland in the past, but we don’t know a lot about them. We’ll go in confident but we don’t take any team lightly so we’ll be ready to play.”
Saturday, the Cougars host Portland at 10:30 a.m. MDT at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts, weather permitting. Admission is free and spectators may park in the Y Lot parking lots to the northwest and south of the courts.
Gonzaga – 1
#45 BYU – 6
1. Alvaro Nazal (GU) def. #45 Georgy Batrakov (BYU), 2-6, 6-2, 10-6
2. Spencer Smith (BYU) def. Levin Guillermo (GU), 6-1, 6-3
3. Patrick Kawka (BYU) def. Oliver Jamin (GU), 6-0, 6-2
4. Keaton Cullimore (BYU) def. Zhia Hwa Chong (GU), 6-3, 6-2
5. Francis Sargeant (BYU) def. Vladimir Mijatovic (GU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Michael Eraso (BYU) def. Scott Sullivan (GU); 5-7, 7-5, 10-8
Order of finish: 3,2,4,1,5,6
1. G. Batrakov/P. Kawka (BYU) def. S. Sullivan/L. Guillermo (GU), 8-3
2. S. Smith/F. Sargeant (BYU) def. V. Mijatovic/Z. Chong (GU), 8-3
3. K. Cullimore/M. Eraso (BYU) def. A. Nazal/J. Davis (GU), 7-3
Order of finish: 1,2,3
No. 45 BYU Returns Home
PROVO, Utah – Returning home to finish its regular season, the No. 45 BYU men’s tennis team hosts Gonzaga Friday before welcoming Portland Saturday.
The Cougars (11-7, 1-2 WCC) split their matches over the weekend, taking a 5-2 decision against Saint Mary’s before falling 4-3 to then-No. 19 San Diego.
Junior Spencer Smith and freshman Francis Sargeant went undefeated in singles over the weekend for BYU. Smith improved to a team-best 26-7 overall record while Sargeant is 20-12 overall. Together, the No. 2 doubles pair is 19-10.
No. 45 Batrakov represents BYU in the national singles rankings.
Gonzaga (8-7, 1-2 WCC) is coming off a week break. In its last match, the Zags were shut out by San Diego, 6-0. Zhia Hwa Chong leads Gonzaga with an 18-5 overall singles record.
The Pilots (11-4, 1-1 WCC) are led by Alex Ferrero, who has a team-best 13-6 overall singles record. Portland dropped a 5-2 decision to then-No. 56 Oregon in its last match.
Friday’s match against Gonzaga kicks off at 11 a.m. MDT at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts. The match Saturday will begin at 10:30 a.m. MDT at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts. Match locations may change due to weather. Admission is free. Pizza and prizes will be provided.