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mperry | Posted: 1 Feb 2014 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

No. 49 BYU falls on the road to No. 54 Denver

DENVER—Junior Francis Sargeant and Sophomore Andrey Goryachkov edged out their opponents, but  No. 49 BYU men’s tennis fell short against No. 54 Denver, 5-2, Saturday.
The Cougars (4-4) fell to the regional rival Pioneers (3-1) in their fourth match this season against a nationally ranked opponent.
"It will be nice to have a full week of practice and be at home after three consecutive weeks on the road," BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. "We've experienced some adversity in losing Juan Canales for the rest of the season, but we'll regroup and focus on helping each of our young players to improve. I was happy for Francis (Sargeant), who beat the No. 1 player in the Mountain Region last night and for Andrey (Goryachkov), who won at second singles. We're looking forward to Boise State on Saturday."
Sargeant defeated national No. 86 Henry Craig in a back-and-forth match, 6-4 (13-15), 5-6, 10-7. Goryachkov rallied in his match, winning the final two sets against Alex Gasson, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Freshmen Matthew Pearce and Robin Pfister both fell to their opponents in three sets. Pearce took the first set against Alex Clinkenbeard before falling in the final two sets, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4. 
Pfister also came out in front after the first set, but he could not keep the momentum going his way, falling to Diogo Rocha, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Fellow freshmen Aidan Carrazedo and Jeremy Bourgeois were bested in their matches, both losing in two sets.
BYU returns home against No. 44 Boise State, Saturday at 5:30 p.m. MST.
Feb. 1, 2014 at Denver, Colo.
(CAC Monoco)
#54 Denver 5, #49 Brigham Young 2
Singles competition
1. SARGEANT, Francis (BYU) def. #86 Henry Craig (DU) 6-4 (13-15), 5-6, 10-7
2. GORYACHKOV, Andrey (BYU) def. Alex Gasson (DU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. Diogo Rocha (DU) def. PFISTER, Robin (BYU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
4. Yannik James (DU) def. BOURGEOIS, Jeremy (BYU) 6-5, 6-3
5. Alex Clinkenbeard (DU) def. PEARCE, Matthew (BYU) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
6. Aidan Talcott (DU) def. CARRAZEDO, Aidan (BYU) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Henry Craig/Diogo Rocha (DU) def. SARGEANT, Francis/GALLI, Sterling (BYU) 6-2
2. Alex Gasson/Yannik James (DU) def. PFISTER, Robin/BOURGEOIS, Jeremy (BYU) 6-0
3. Fabio Biasion/Alex Clinkenbeard (DU) def. PEARCE, Matthew/GORYACHKOV, Andrey (BYU) 5-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,4,5,2,1,3)

mperry | Posted: 28 Jan 2014 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

BYU on the road at Air Force, No. 54 Denver

PROVO, Utah--Riding a 38-match win streak versus regional opponents, No. 49 BYU men’s tennis hits the road this weekend for meetings against Air Force and No. 54 Denver.
The Cougars (4-2) face the Falcons (2-0) on Friday at 9:30 a.m. MST and the Pioneers (1-1) on Saturday at 4 p.m.
“I think the past weekend really helped us to understand our team, where we are and where we need to go,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “We’ll be focusing ourselves on preparing for Air Force and Denver. We’re excited for two tough matches.”
The Cougars are coming off of their first losses of the season in matches against No. 8 Kentucky and No. 39 Minnesota, but they aim to return to their winning ways, riding a 38-match unbeaten streak against ITA Mountain Region opponents.
BYU owns the all-time record versus Air Force with 27 wins and three losses.  Against Denver ,  the record is 10-3. 
“On paper Denver is a very strong regional rival, and we’re expecting a battle there,” coach Pearce said. “As for Air Force, you can never take for granted any of the service academies.”
Highlighting the season so far is regional No. 8 Francis Sargeant, who is 4-1 in dual play. The captain of the Cougars leads a team that includes eight freshmen. Matthew Pearce and Juan Canales have each posted a 3-2 record while Aidan Carrazedo has gone 3-1 during the young season.
Live stats can be followed on Air Force’s athletics website.
BYU’s next home match will be versus No. 47 Boise State Saturday, Feb. 8, at 5:30 p.m. MST.