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mperry | Posted: 29 Mar 2014 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Pearce impresses with wins in singles and doubles as Cougars fall to No. 49 Pepperdine

PROVO, Utah -- Despite the stellar singles and doubles play of freshman Matthew Pearce, BYU men’s tennis came away with a 4-3 heartbreaking loss to No. 49 Pepperdine, Saturday.
The Cougars (7-12, 1-3 West Coast Conference) were a matter of a couple points from closing out the Waves (12-11, 4-0 WCC).
“The BYU crowds got their money’s worth in an incredibly exciting finish with an up-and-down battle,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “I explained to the guys after the match that we win and lose as a team. We left a point on the table by not securing the win at the No. 1 doubles.”
With the match at 3-2, pressure fell on Pearce at No. 5 singles and Aidan Carrazedo at No. 6.
Pearce handily took the first set against RJ Evangelista, 6-1, before letting the second slip away, 4-6. Desperately needing to win the third set, the freshman proved solid as he pulled through with ESPN-top-10-like finishes including a backhand up close at the net to take the lead, eventually winning the set 6-4. It was Pearce’s fourth win of the weekend, including singles and doubles matches.
“I was extremely proud of my son Matthew who played in order to keep our hopes alive. It was clutch on his part,” coach Pearce said. “In all my years of coaching, those were the two most incredible points in collegiate tennis I’ve seen.”
Following Pearce’s clutch victory, attention shifted to fellow freshman Carrazedo in the sixth singles match. 
"It was good to see Aidan play well enough to put us in the position to win," Pearce said.
After losing the first set 6-4, Carrazedo swung momentum with a second set win, 6-3. Tension built after a 4-2 lead diminished to a 5-5 deadlock in the third. The South African native took the next game against Alexander Solonin, but fell in the subsequent one to force the tiebreaker. The Pepperdine opponent then took the third set, 8-7 (7-2), clinching the match in the tiebreaker.
Doubles play proved costly as BYU fell behind early in the match.
First, freshman Sterling Galli and sophomore Nikki Rae fell 8-3 in the third slot. Then captain Francis Sargeant and freshman Pearce knotted the score by topping their opponents, 8-6, at No. 2 doubles. 
The point was decided by the outcome at first doubles as Andrey Goryachkov and Robin Pfister fell to Rakshay Thakkar and Tom Hill. The duo had opportunities to secure the point as they were up 7-3. Ultimately, Pepperdine held off Goryachkov and Pfister, taking the point on an 8-7 (7-5) decision.
The Cougars’ deficit was extended as Pfister fell in two sets to Thakkar at fourth singles. 
With the match score at 2-0 in favor of the Waves, BYU sparked a furious comeback.
“I thought Jeremy (Bourgeois) and Andrey did a nice job of getting wins,” coach Pearce said. “What we’re missing is taking advantage of the opportunities earned through good play by finishing the point. Through good play we’re getting right up to the finish line, but not crossing the line.”
No. 3 singles player Bourgeois cruised past Kento Tanaka-Tamaki, 6-3, 6-3. Goryachkov followed his teammate with a decisive victory in second singles, 6-4, 7-5, tying the match at two apiece.
The Waves took the lead again in the No. 1 singles match as Sargeant was overpowered in a rare loss, 6-4, 6-4. 
“We’re not going to cry over spilt milk,” coach Pearce added. “We’re going to focus on the positives and get ready for another weekend on the road. Hopefully we’ll get in position to get four points. We’re glad the season doesn’t have to end on this note.”
BYU continues WCC play on the road against San Francisco Friday at 1 p.m PDT and No. 57 Santa Clara Saturday at 1 p.m.
#49 Pepperdine 4, Brigham Young 3
 Singles competition
1. Stefan Menichella (PEP) def. SARGEANT, Francis (BYU) 6-4, 6-4
2. GORYACHKOV, Andrey (BYU) def. Tom Hill (PEP) 6-4, 7-5
3. BOURGEOIS, Jeremy (BYU) def. Kento Tanaka-Tamaki (PEP) 6-3, 6-3
4. Rakshay Thakkar (PEP) def. PFISTER, Robin (BYU) 6-1, 6-4
5. PEARCE, Matthew (BYU) def. RJ Evangelista (PEP) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
6. Alexander Solonin (PEP) def. CARRAZEDO, Aidan (BYU) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2)
 Doubles competition
1. Rakshay Thakkar/Tom Hill (PEP) def. GORYACHKOV, Andrey/PFISTER, Robin (BYU) 8-7 (7-5)
2. SARGEANT, Francis/PEARCE, Matthew (BYU) def. Alex Giannini/Stefan Menichella (PEP) 8-6
3. RJ Evangelista/Alexander Solonin (PEP) def. GALLI, Sterling/RAE, Nikki (BYU) 8-3
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,3,2,1,5,6)

mperry | Posted: 26 Mar 2014 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

BYU men’s tennis continues WCC action at home against LMU, No. 49 Pepperdine


PROVO, Utah -- The BYU men’s tennis team returns home for West Coast Conference matches against Loyola Marymount Friday at 1 p.m. MDT and No. 49 Pepperdine Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Outdoor Tennis Courts.

“We’re happy to be back home,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “We’re really going to focus hard on our doubles play; I think that has been letting us down. We hope to have better results and get good production this weekend out of every position. We need to get firing on all cylinders.”

The Cougars (7-10, 1-1 WCC) look to capitalize on two home matches after splitting their first two conference matches on the road last weekend.

The Lions (10-6) improved to 2-1 in WCC play with an 4-0 upset win over previous No. 53 Santa Clara, Monday. BYU is 5-1 against LMU all-time. This weekend the Cougars will be looking for their first win against Pepperdine since joining the WCC. The Waves (10-11) opened up conference play, topping San Francisco 6-1.

Live scoring will be available for both matches on the BYU athletics website.

After this weekend, the Cougars will be on the road for matches against San Francisco and No. 57 Santa Clara, April 4 and 5, respectively.