BOISE, Idaho – Senior captain Francis Sargeant moved into seventh on the all-time BYU singles victory list in a losing team effort Friday night as the Cougars (7-6) fell to No. 44 University of Pennsylvania in Boise.
The Quakers (6-1) secured the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead out of the gate. Sargeant and David Ball fell 6-4 at the No. 3 spot to Penn duo Vim De Alwis and Blaine Willenborg while Aidan Carrazedo and Robin Pfister lost at No. 2 doubles 7-5.
The Quakers held onto the momentum heading into singles with a quick victory at No. 5 singles for the 2-0 lead. Willenborg defeated Ball 6-2, 6-3. The Cougars bounced back to tie the match with wins at Nos. 3 and 1 singles. Freshman Shane Monroe beat Matt Nardella 6-4, 6-4 and Sargeant recorded another victory over Vim de Alwis 7-6, 1-6, 6-1.
Penn regained the lead when Josh Pompan outlasted Jacob Sullivan in a three-set match, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. The overall match was clinched when Andrey Goryachkov fell in another three-set thriller 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 to the Quaker’s senior captain, Jeremy Court. Carrazedo picked up BYU’s third point with a win at no. 6 singles over Zach Lessen (5-7, 6-4, 6-4).
The Cougars stay in Boise for a matchup with host, Boise State, Saturday evening at 6 p.m. MST. Live scoring will be available through BYU men’s tennis schedule page.
PROVO, Utah – BYU men’s tennis hits the road this weekend with matches against the No. 44 University of Pennsylvania and No. 72 Boise State on Friday and Saturday.
The Cougars (7-5) will look to use the weekend's matchups to snap their current three-match losing streak. After winning five straight by a combined 32-3 margin, BYU has lost the last three by a combined score of 5-14. Friday morning the Cougars will look for the upset in the program’s second meeting with the University of Pennsylvania and will look to avenge last season’s 4-3 loss to Boise State Saturday evening. Senior Francis Sargeant is currently tied for seventh on the BYU all-time singles win list.
Penn (6-1) will also look to use the weekend to bounce back from their first loss of the season, a 4-3 nail-biter to No. 68 Brown last week. Freshman Nicolas Podesta is undefeated at 6-0 on the young season and senior Jeremy Court has also tallied six wins to lead the Quakers.
The Broncos (3-7) are coming off of a pair of losses in the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic against No. 24 South Florida and No. 35 Auburn in Montgomery, Alabama. Junior Brian Foley was the only Boise State player to register a point in the matches, recording a victory on court four against Auburn.
Friday’s match against Penn will begin at 10 a.m. MST and Saturday’s matchup with Boise State will be at 6:30 p.m. MST. Live scoring will be available for the match against Boise State on the BYU men's schedule page.