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No. 58 BYU upsets No. 44 Columbia 4-3
NEW YORK CITY – The No. 58 BYU men’s tennis team earned its second victory in three days as it upset the No. 44 Columbia Lions 4-3 at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center on Monday.
The Cougars topped Fordham on Saturday 6-1 and then beat a ranked Columbia team on Monday, both first time wins against either school.
“We played a very good Columbia team today,” head coach Brad Pearce said. “We feel very fortunate to come home with a win.”
BYU fought hard but just missed the doubles point as junior Patrick Kawka and sophomore Francis Sargeant were edged out 8-7(8). The duo of John Pearce, a local product from Provo, and Keaton Cullimore defeated their competition 8-5.
On court 3, senior Spencer Smith and freshman Nikki Rae couldn’t overcome a tough match as they fell 8-0.
Despite being down 0-1 in doubles competition, the BYU win came as four Cougars earned victories in singles play.
“We went into singles one point behind and our guys just fought,” coach Pearce said. “I was really proud of them.”
Playing on court 1 Kawka dominated No. 44 Winston Lin in straight sets 6-0, 6-4.
On court 3, Cullimore fell to Dragos Ignat 6-2, 6-3.
Sargeant was the next Cougar to finish with a win. He took a 7-6(1), 7-6(3) decision over Eric Rubin. Pearce took three sets to defeat Max Schnur 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
Freshman Andrey Goryachkov sealed the victory for BYU in a three set match against Bert Vancura 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
BYU will participate in the ITA Kickoff Weekend this week in Los Angeles.
1. Narayana/Schnur (CU) def. Kawka/Sargeant (BYU) 8-7 (8)
2. Pearce/Cullimore (BYU) def. Lin/Gery (CU) 8-5
3. Ignat/Rubin (CU) def. Smith/Rae (BYU) 8-0
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
1. Patrick Kawka (BYU) def. Winston Lin (CU) 6-0, 6-4
2. Ashok Narayana (CU) def. Spencer Smith (BYU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
3. Dragos Ignat (CU) def. Keaton Cullimore (BYU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Francis Sargeant def. Eric Rubin (CU) 7-6(1), 7-6(3)
5. John Pearce def. Max Schnur (CU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
6. Andrey Goryachkov (BYU) def. Bert Vancura (CU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
Order of finish: 1, 3, 4, 5, 2, 6
Men's tennis travels to New York
PROVO, Utah – After winning its first two home matches, the No. 58 BYU men’s tennis team will play its first road matches of the year as it competes against Fordham and No. 44 Columbia at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center in New York City.
The Cougars (2-0) will face Fordham (4-0) on Saturday at 1 p.m. EST and Columbia on Monday at 11 a.m. EST.
“We have a great opportunity to play Columbia, who is a very solid team,” head coach Brad Pearce said. “Fordham is a good up and coming team who should also pose a great challenge to our team.”
Both Cougar opponents have a top nationally ranked player. Columbia’s Winston Lin is currently ranked No. 44 in the country in singles play. Fordham has the No. 110 Kuba Kowalski on their roster.
BYU is 4-1 all-time against other Ivy League teams although it has never faced Columbia. This will also be the first time BYU and Fordham have played each other in the schools’ histories.
BYU alternated the No. 1 singles position last week against Utah State and Weber State between senior Spencer Smith and junior Patrick Kawka. The two are a combined 14-3 on the year, including 4-0 in dual matches.
The team travels to California next week for the ITA Kickoff Weekend.