Brigham Young University
Apr 06 | 09:30 AM
4 - 3
Boise State University
Appleton Tennis Center

1910 University Dr Boise ID 83725

AaronS | Posted: 6 Apr 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

BYU snaps Boise State's 28-home match win streak


BOISE, Idaho - In the USTA's hand-picked College MatchDay, the No. 41 BYU men's tennis team topped the No. 45 Boise State Broncos on Saturday at the Boas Tennis Center.

BYU's (16-4) victory over Boise State (12-9) ends the Broncos' 28-match home win streak. The Cougars improve to 7-2 against ranked teams this year and 33-0 in the mountain region over the last four years. 

"I have been a part of some great BYU performances and this was right up there as one of the all-time great Cougar performances," BYU coach Brad Pearce said. "With a hostile crowd, in a tough enviornment, down on the first set in almost every match, these guys dug deep and just absolutely fought like wounded Cougars. I can hardly express how proud I am of these bunch of guys."

With the score tied at three points each, BYU's Andrey Goryachkov, playing in the No. 6 singles position, won his first set but found himself down early in the second. The freshman singles player then won three straight games to earn a 4-2 lead against Garrett Patton. The lead proved to be fatal for Patton as Goryachkov secured the fourth point and the victory for the Cougars.

"I think Andrey played as close to a perfect match today as I've ever seen," coach Pearce said. "With the crowd focused on one court, it was a performance for the record books. He's clinched other matches this year but today's performance was near flawless. It was absolutely incredible."

Boise State earned the first point of the day with wins on courts 2 and 3 in doubles play. The Broncos continued the momentum as Nathan Sereke topped Spencer Smith 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 2 singles position.

No. 37 Patrick Kawka notched the first point for BYU by snapping a 12-match win streak for No. 29 Andy Bettles 7-5, 6-1. Sophomore Francis Sargeant finished next with a win on court 3 over Scott Sears 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.

The Bronocs took an important 3-2 lead as John Pearce fell to Thomas Teneiro 6-4, 6-3. But Keaton Cullimore found a way to top Filipp Pogostkin in three sets 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to tie the match.

"There were many times they [BSU] thought they had the match won and somehow we had guys who just kept fighting," coach Pearce said. "Keaton gave us the opportunity to play for the match win. Today was a testament to never say die."

The Cougars return to league play next week and face Portland on the road on April 11 at 10 a.m. PDT.

1. Bettles/Sereke (BSU) vs. Kawka/Sargeant 5-4 (DNF)
2. Patton/Sears (BSU) def. Fillmore/Smith 8-3
3. Mitchell/Reid (BSU) def. Cullimore/Pearce (BYU) 8-5
Order of Finish: 2, 3
1. No. 37 Patrick Kawka (BYU) def. No. 29 Andy Bettles, 7-5, 6-1
2. Nathan Sereke (BSU) def. Spencer Smith, 6-2, 6-3
3. Francis Sargeant (BYU) def. Scott Sears, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
4. Keaton Cullimore (BYU) def. Filipp Pogostkin, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
5. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. John Pearce, 6-4, 6-3
6. Andrey Goryachkov (BYU) def. Garrett Patton, 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3, 5, 4, 6

AaronS | Posted: 2 Apr 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

No. 41 BYU faces No. 45 Boise State as part of College MatchDay

PROVO, Utah – After earning a perfect record at home, No. 41 BYU men’s tennis team begins its six-match road trip with a match against No. 45 Boise State on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. MDT.
The USTA announced this week that the match between the Cougars (15-4) and the Broncos (12-8) will be featured as a College MatchDay, which will be held in conjunction with the U.S. Davis Cup Team’s World Group Quarterfinal tie vs. Serbia April 5-7 at Boise State’s Taco Bell Arena.
The USTA launched College MatchDay this year to highlight a number of premier men’s and women’s college tennis team matches each season, organizing activities and local outreach surrounding the host team’s campus. College MatchDay will feature a team match every week beginning in 2014.
BYU holds a 20-13 all-time record against Boise State, who represents the Mount West Conference and the ITA mountain region. The Cougars are 32-0 in the mountain region over the past four years.
No. 37 Patrick Kawka represents BYU in the ITA national singles ranking, with a 14-4 mark in 2013.
At 15-3, Francis Sargeant holds the best overall record in singles play this season for the Cougars. The England native is the winner of 10 of his last 11 matches, including four consecutive wins.
Sophomore Keaton Cullimore’s win streak continues to improve. With the recent win over Saint Mary’s, the No. 4 singles player has won seven straight matches.
Boise State features No. 29 Andrew Bettles at the No. 1 singles position. The Broncos are currently riding an eight-match win streak, including a 7-0 sweep over Utah State.
BYU next travels to Portland on April 11 to face the Pilots at 10 a.m. PDT.