Indoor Tennis Courts
150 E. Provo UT 84602
PROVO, Utah – BYU men’s tennis won every match and dropped only one set against Air Force at home Saturday night on its way to a 7-0 victory.
“The guys really paid the price this week in practice and I think we saw the results today,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “There was a lot of energy tonight from the guys playing and the guys playing a supporting role.”
On a night where longtime fan and friend of the program, Harold Turley, was honored, the Cougars came out playing inspired tennis. The squad quickly captured the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead.
Robin Pfister and Jeremy Bourgeois powered their way to a 6-2 victory at No. 1 doubles over Grant Taylor and Jack McCullers of Air Force. David Ball and Jacob Sullivan clinched the doubles point for BYU by beating Lucas Fumagalli and Dillon Launius 6-3. Since the Cougars had already won the doubles point, Francis Sargeant and Andrey Goryachkov’s match was called at 4-4.
After the Turley jersey retirement ceremony, the Cougars were back on the court for singles play. Sargeant was first off the court after a convincing 6-1, 6-3 win over Fumagalli. Playing at No. 1 singles again, Shane Monroe followed suit with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Taylor. Bourgeois clinched the match for the Cougars with a 6-4, 6-3 straight sets win over Max Olson.
Sullivan and Ball were also victorious in straight sets. Sullivan beat Launius 6-4, 6-3 and Ball outplayed Nicholas Carpenter 7-6, 6-1. Goryachkov battled back from a first-set tiebreak loss to take the second set 6-4 and win a 10-point, third set 10-7.
BYU will be home again next Friday, January 30 for three matches. The Cougars play Montana State at 10 a.m., University of Missouri – Kansas City at 2 p.m. and Nebraska – Omaha at 6 p.m. Live video streaming and live stats are available on the BYU’s schedule page.
PROVO, Utah – BYU men’s tennis returns home to host Air Force Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the indoor practice courts in Provo.
“I believe we have improved since our home opener,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “I’m looking for individuals to step up so we will see who does.”
The Cougars are coming off a split last weekend in New Orleans where they beat the University of New Orleans 5-2 but fell to No. 62 Tulane University 4-3. Freshman Shane Monroe will look to continue his hot start to the season. Monroe has won all four of his singles matches this year while splitting time between the No. 1 and No. 2 singles slot.
Saturday’s match will be Air Force’s first match of the spring season.
“Air Force is a solid, well-disciplined team,” Pearce said. “We will have to play well to take care of business. Hopefully our guys will be ready mentally and physically to put it all out there on Saturday.”
The match is free to all spectators, and free pizza will be provided. Prizes will also be given away during the match.
In between doubles and singles play, the team will hold a special tribute to longtime BYU tennis fan and friend, Harold Turley, who passed away recently. The team will recognize his wife, children and grandchildren by retiring a team jersey in his honor.