Kawka falls in final of Southern California Championships
LOS ANGELES – After a riveting tournament run, BYU’s Patrick Kawka narrowly fell to No. 3 seed Clay Thompson of UCLA, 7-5, 6-4, in the singles final of the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships Monday in Los Angeles.
“I felt like I played pretty good throughout the tournament,” sophomore Patrick Kawka said. “I was happy to see some of the improvements that I’ve been making this year.”
Kawka, who is ranked No. 53 nationally, compiled an 11-5 record during fall play.
BYU had a strong presence at the tournament with No. 5 seed senior Georgy Batrkov and freshman Keaton Cullimore, along with Kawka, reaching the quarterfinals of the singles draw.
Batrakov and Kawka reached the doubles semifinals but did not compete due to BYU’s policy of not playing on Sunday.
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The tournament marked the end of the Cougars’ fall play. BYU will not play again until it takes on Weber State at home Jan. 13.
Cougars Compete in Last Fall Tournament
PROVO, Utah – Entering its last tournament of a successful fall season, the BYU men’s tennis team kicks off play in the 55th Southern California Intercollegiate Championships Wednesday in Los Angeles.
No. 91 Georgy Batrakov will skip the qualifying rounds and begin play Thurday in the main draw as the No. 5 seed. Senior Batrakov is 7-2 during fall play.
No. 53 Patrick Kawka and freshman Keaton Cullimore also kick off tournament play in the main draw Thursday for BYU. Sophomore Kawka has accumulated a 7-4 record this fall, while Cullimore has accounted for an 8-3 record.
Cullimore and Sargeant, and Doehring and Fillmore will compete in the doubles qualifying rounds doubles Thursday.
Batrakov and Kawka will team up to challenge opponents as the No. 4 seed in the doubles main draw Friday. The BYU duo has a 6-2 fall record.
BYU will challenge opponents from perennial powerhouses UCLA and USC, along with players from UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, Azusa Pacific University, UC Riverside and Concordia. The Cougars will also get a look at West Coast Conference foes Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.
During last year’s tournament, Kawka and former Cougar Evan Urbina represented the Cougars in the singles main draw. The pair also teamed up to reach the semifinals in the doubles main draw.
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