Katherine Carling | Posted: 18 Jan 2020 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Barnett clinches 4-3 win for BYU over George Washington

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Jack Barnett in mid-wing, trying to hit the tennis ball over the net.

WASHINGTON D.C. – Jack Barnett clinched the match for the BYU men’s tennis team as the Cougars defeated George Washington University 4-3 on Saturday.

“We secured the doubles point, but found ourselves immediately on our heels at almost every position with our opponents’ offensive play," BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. "If it hadn’t been for our guys digging in and battling for every game, we would have been beaten by a good team today. Fortunately, we showed a lot of character and heart by not going away. I couldn’t be more proud of our fight today—and that’s why we won.

BYU vs. George Washington Match Results

The Cougars (1-1) started out strong by claiming the doubles point over the Colonials (0-1). Ben Gajardo and Sam Tullis were first to finish with a quick 6-1 victory over Lawrence Sciglitano and Jakub Behun at No. 3 doubles.

In the No. 2 slot, Matheus Ferriero Leite and J. Barnett fell 3-6 to Ethan Jacobs and Ryan Navarro. Sean Hill and Mateo Vereau Melendez clinched the doubles point for BYU by defeating Ben Barnett and Zicheng Zeng 6-4 on the No. 1 court.

Up 1-0 heading into singles play, Hill gave the second point of the match to the Cougars by claiming a 6-3, 6-1 win over Ryan Navarro in the first position.

George Washington went on to win the next three matches, putting them up 3-2 over BYU. At No. 2 singles, Melendez dropped his match to Zeng 0-6, 3-6. Leite fought against Ethan Jacobs at the No. 3 slot, but lost in the third set, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 2-6. In the sixth position, David Ball fell 4-6, 6-7 (2-7) to Behun.

The Cougars went on to win the final two matches, with J. Barnett clinching the dual-match win. Gajardo tied it up at 3-3 with his 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 win over Sciglitano and J. Barnett gave the final point to BYU when he defeated B. Barnett in three sets, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5.

The Cougars remain on the road to face Old Dominion on Monday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. EST. Live stats can be found on the men’s tennis schedule page.

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