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LOS ANGELES – After defeating two ranked teams last week, the No. 57 BYU men’s tennis team suffered its first loss of the season as it fell to the No. 3 UCLA Bruins 6-1 in the final match of the ITA Kick-off Weekend at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Monday.
BYU's (5-1) lone point came on court 2 as Patrick Kawka defeated Dennis Novikov 6-3, 7-6.
"I was really happy for Kawka, beating a player on UCLA's team that is among the top 500 in the world in the professional rankings," head coach Brad Pearce said.
Sophomore Keaton Cullimore took his first set to a tiebreak but couldn’t beat Adrien Puget and fell 7-6, 6-3.
"It has been a long, arduous week in Los Angeles," coach Pearce said. "But I am proud of what we accomplished and am looking forward to our two matches this weeked."
BYU will travel back to California this Friday to take on No. 10 Standford at 1:30 p.m. PST then host Air Force at home on Saturday.
1. Kawka/Sargeant (BYU) def. Giron/Novikov (UCLA) 8-7(4)
2. Puget/Sell (UCLA) def. Goryachkov/Smith (BYU) 8-1
3. Brigham/Mrktchian (UCLA) def. Cullimore/Pearce (BYU) 8-7(4)
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
1. #12 Marcos Giron (UCLA) def. Spencer Smith (BYU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Patrick Kawka (BYU) def. Dennis Novikov (UCLA) 6-3, 7-6
3. Adrien Puget (UCLA) def. Keaton Cullimore 7-6, 6-3
4. #41 Dennis Mrktchian (UCLA) def. Francis Sargeant (BYU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Clay Thompson (UCLA) def. John Pearce (BYU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Andrey Goryachkov (BYU) 6-1, 6-1
Order of finish: 6, 1, 5, 4, 2, 3
PROVO, Utah – The No. 57 BYU men’s tennis team will compete in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on UCLA’s campus.
The Cougars (4-0) will face No. 50 South Florida on Friday at 10 a.m. No. 3 UCLA and No. 57 Cal Poly will play at 1 p.m. The two winning teams will compete on Saturday at 3 p.m., while the losers will square off in a consolation match at 6 p.m.
UPDATE: The match against South Florida was rescheduled to Saturday at 10:30 a.m. PST due to heavy rain. The second match has not been rescheduled yet.
The winners of four straight matches, BYU will face tough competition this weekend. South Florida features the No. 107 Federico Sabogal and Cal Poly boasts the No. 89 Andre Dome. UCLA has two ranked players including No. 12 Marcos Giran and No. 41 Dennis Mkrtchian.
Both the Cougars and the Cal Poly Mustangs are tied for No. 57 in the ITA rankings this week.
BYU has never faced South Florida and has never beaten powerhouse UCLA. BYU and Cal Poly enter this weekend 2-2 all-time against one another.
BYU upset its first ranked opponent of the year on Monday in a 4-3 win against No. 44 Columbia.
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