Indoor Tennis Courts
150 E. Provo UT 84602
PROVO, Utah – BYU men’s tennis (7-4, 1-0) dropped their home match to No. 64 Denver (4-4) Friday night in Provo 4-1.
“We didn't capitalize on the opportunities we had to secure the doubles point and we didn't sustain enough momentum to get on the scoreboard in singles until it was too late,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “We are looking forward to bouncing back against Iowa tomorrow.”
The Pioneers got on the board first after capturing the doubles point. Jacob Sullivan and David Ball fell to Henry Craig and Jesse Ruder-Hook 6-3 to begin the match. Shortly after, Denver’s David Fox and Alex Gasson clinched the point by beating Francis Sargeant and Andrey Goryachkov 6-3. Robin Pfister and Jeremy Bourgeois were down 4-3 when their match was called.
The Cougars looked poised to bounce back in singles when Sargeant took his first set quickly 6-1 over No. 113 ranked Craig, but Craig battled back to take the matchup in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Freshmen Ball and Shane Monroe both fell in straight sets to Yannik James (6-4, 6-2) and Diogo Rocha (7-5, 7-5) as the Pioneers clinched the match.
Goryachkov earned the Cougars lone point by coming back in three sets against Gasson to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Sullivan was up a set (6-3) on Zach Fryer when it was called, while Bourgeois was down against Fox 7-5, 4-3.
BYU is back on the court Saturday at 1:00 p.m. MST. Live video and stats are available on the men’s tennis schedule page.
PROVO, Utah – BYU men’s tennis (7-3, 1-0) is set to host No. 64 University of Denver (3-4) and the University of Iowa (4-1) Friday and Saturday, respectively.
“We are expecting two tough matches this week in Denver and Iowa,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “We will need to perform at a very high level, which we are capable of, to have success. I’m looking forward to this weekend to see where we’re at as a team.”
The Cougars return home from a 6-1 road loss to No. 39 Stanford last Friday night, which is the only defeat the team has suffered in the last six matches. Sophomore Jacob Sullivan was the only BYU player last week to register a point at Stanford, winning his singles matchup against Yale Goldberg 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-6).
Denver comes to Provo on a two-match losing streak, falling to No. 57 Princeton and Nebraska at home. Henry Craig, Denver’s No. 1 singles, is ranked No. 64 nationally in singles and teams up with Alex Gasson to be ranked as the No. 23 doubles duo in the nation.
Iowa rides a two-match winning streak into Provo having beaten Yale and Marquette last week. Matt Hagen leads the Hawkeyes as the No. 98-ranked singles player in the country and teams up Dominic Patrick as the No. 57 doubles duo in the country.
Friday’s match against Denver will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the indoor tennis courts and Saturday’s matchup with Iowa will begin at 1:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available through the BYU schedule page.