wweekes | Posted: 9 Mar 2012 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Cougars continue momentum in New Mexico

main image

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – The No. 40 BYU men’s tennis team extended its win streak to six matches with a 5-2 win over University of Pacific Friday.

"Today we did what we had to do to win," BYU coach Brad Pearce said. "I thought it was a good preparation match for New Mexico tomorrow. I feel with the conditions here, it's valuable to have a match against good competition and I think we'll be ready for New Mexico tomorrow."

The Cougars (9-5) swept the Tigers (4-6) in doubles. Senior Georgy Batrakov and sophomore Patrick Kawka took an 8-3 decision over their Court 1 opponents, Alex Goulding and Ivan Castro. Playing at the No. 2 doubles position for BYU, senior Spencer Smith and freshman Francis Sargeant topped their opponent 8-2. Freshman Keaton Cullimore and senior Michael Eraso closed out the doubles compeition, taking their match 8-4.

BYU carried its momentum into singles, earning wins on courts 5 and 1. Sargeant won his sixth straight match with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Alex Hamilton. No. 54 Batrakov also held his opponent to winning only three games, topping Tomas Krzyzkowski, 6-3, 6-0.

For the second week in a row, Eraso secured BYU’s match win. The senior topped his Court 6 opponent, 6-4, 6-1, to give the Cougars their fourth point.

Despite the loss, the Tigers went on to win on courts 3 and 4 before Kawka wrapped up the match. Playing at the No. 2 position, Kawka fought back after dropping the first set to not allow a single game in the second set. Kawka and Castrao rallied back and forth in the third before Kawka took the tiebreaker, and the match, 4-6, 6-0, 7-6.

BYU takes on regional opponent New Mexico Saturday at noon at the Linda Estes Tennis Complex. 


No. 40 BYU – 5
University of Pacific – 2

1. Batrakov/Kawka (BYU) def. Golding/Castro (Pacific) 8-3
2. Smith/Sargeant (BYU) def. Krzyszkowski/Mirkin (Pacific) 8-2
3. Cullimore/Eraso (BYU) def. Hamilton/Goncalves Jr. (Pacific) 8-4

1. No. 54 Georgy Batrakov (BYU) def. Tomas Krzyzkowski (Pacific) 6-3, 6-0
2. Patrick Kawka def. Ivan Castro (Pacific) 4-6, 6-0, 7-6
3. Ben Mirkin (Pacific) def. Spencer Smith (BYU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Alex Golding (Pacific) def. Keaton Cullimore (BYU) 7-6, 7-6
5. Francis Sargeant (BYU) def. Alex Hamilton (Pacific) 6-2, 6-1
6. Michael Eraso (BYU) vs. Valentim Goncalves Jr. (Pacific) 6-4, 6-1
Order of finish: 5, 1, 6, 3, 4, 2

Recent Stories

Men's Tennis WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll
Nine men's tennis players named to WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll

BYU men's tennis had nine members named to the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll, with Alex Lin and Vinicius Feijao…

BYU MTEN Team Photo
BYU Men’s Tennis 2020-21 Season Review

The BYU men’s tennis team finished the 2020-21 season with a 14-6 record, going 7-1 in West Coast Conference play for a…

MTEN WCC All-Academic
Four Cougars receive WCC All-Academic honors

Sean Hill, Ben Gajardo, Sam Tullis and Matheus Ferreira Leite were recognized for their success both in the classroom…