BYU men’s tennis comes up short against Gonzaga
SPOKANE, Wash. – BYU men’s tennis returned to West Coast Conference action Friday afternoon, falling 4-0 to Gonzaga. The Cougars (3-10, 1-1 WCC) held leads at No. 2 doubles and No. 1 and No. 2 singles, but those matches went unfinished before BYU could see out the potential victories.
- Sasha Trkulja/Matthew Hollingworth (GU) def. Wally Thayne/Zach Fuchs (BYU) 6-2
- Jack Barnett/Dominik Jakovljevic (BYU) vs. Leon Roider/Arthus Bassetiere (GU) 5-2, unf.
- Tom Hann/Pablo Gomez Galvan (GU) def. Redd Owen/Brigham Andrus (BYU) 6-2
Order of finish: 1, 3
In No. 1 doubles, two break points gave the Bulldogs an early 4-0 lead. Thayne and Fuchs recovered to hold their serves moving forward, but Trkulja and Hollingworth maintained their advantage to win 6-2.
No. 3 doubles started with a 2-all tie before Gonzaga won four-straight games to win 6-2 and clinch the doubles point. The result meant No. 2 doubles went unfinished with Barnett and Jakovljevic on the verge of victory. The Cougars went up 3-0 early on and lead 5-2 when their match was stopped.
- Jack Barnett (BYU) vs. Sasha Trkulja (GU) 6-3, 3-6, unf.
- Wally Thayne (BYU) vs. Oliver Andersson (GU) 6-2, 5-4, unf.
- Zach Fuchs (BYU) vs. Arthus Bassetiere (GU) 3-6, 4-4, unf.
- Matthew Hollingworth (GU) def. Dominik Jakovljevic (BYU) 6-3, 6-4
- Tom Hann (GU) def. Redd Owen (BYU) 6-1, 6-1
- Pablo Gomez Galvan (GU) def. Brigham Andrus (BYU) 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: 5, 4, 6
Owen responded after going down 2-0 in the first set at No. 5 singles by winning a game while receiving to trail 2-1. However, he lost the next game on deuce point while serving, with Hann then winning three more to take the set 6-1. Hann would once again turn a 2-1 advantage into a 6-1 victory in set two.
No. 4 singles saw Jakovljevic lose both sets on a one break margin. In the first he was tied 2-2 before falling 6-3, while the second set was knotted at 4 until Hollingworth won the last two games to win 6-4.
Andrus trailed 5-1 in set one at No. 6 singles before rallying to only lose 6-3. In set two he started up 1-0 after earning a break, but Gomez Galvan added a break of his own to tie the score at 1. The set was later locked at 3, with the Bulldog breaking the tie and taking three-straight games to win 6-3 and secure the dual match for Gonzaga.
BYU was playing well at the top of the lineup, with Barnett and Thayne both winning the first set in their matches. No. 1 singles saw Barnett with a 2-0 lead in set one until Trkulja fought back with two-straight games of his own. Barnett then put together one more run to go ahead 4-2, later adding another break at the end of the set to win 6-3.
Gonzaga took set two 6-3 just before the dual match concluded, which caused the remaining matches to go unfinished. Barnett recovered from being down 2-0 in that set to force a 2-all tie before Trkulja took the lead again.
Thayne’s set one win included an early break to start out with a 3-1 advantage. He continued to control the set regardless of if he was serving or receiving, adding another break point to take the first set 6-2. The second set was much closer, with neither side losing their serve until they were tied at 4-all. Thayne held his serve one last time to have a 5-4 lead at the match stoppage.
Gonzaga took set one at No. 3 singles after Fuchs lost a deuce point to fall behind 4-3, with Bassetiere later converting on a second break point to win 6-3. Set two nearly saw Fuchs go ahead with a break of his own, but he lost a deuce point to keep the set tied 4-4 when the match ended.
BYU concludes an eight-match road trip tomorrow at Portland. The match begins at 2:00 p.m. PDT in the Louisiana-Pacific Tennis Center.
BYU resumes WCC play, concludes road trip at Gonzaga and Portland
SPOKANE, Wash. – The longest road trip since 2006 will come to a close this weekend for BYU men’s tennis after matches at Gonzaga and Portland. The two contests are the last of an eight match, six week stretch that also sees the Cougars (3-9, 1-0 WCC) return to West Coast Conference competition.
Friday’s match at Gonzaga’s Stevens Tennis Center begins at 3:00 p.m. PDT. Portland will then host BYU on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. PDT from the Louisiana-Pacific Tennis Center.
- The Cougars are 1-0 in WCC after defeating Saint Mary’s 4-0 on February 18 in Provo.
- Zach Fuchs was a member of Gonzaga’s team for one year but never played with the Zags due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- This week’s WCC Doubles Team of the Week honor was given to BYU’s Brigham Andrus and Redd Owen after the duo went 2-0 last weekend. The Cougars are the only school to have three different teams earn the conference’s weekly doubles award.
- The eight-match road trip saw the team play in five states: Idaho, Texas, Utah, Oregon and Washington.
- The Bulldogs are 5-6 this season, including 3-0 at home. Their match versus BYU will be their WCC opener.
- Seven of the nine players on the roster are upperclassmen.
- Head coach D.J. Gurule is in his second season leading GU’s men’s team after previously coaching the women’s side for 17 years.
- Series Record: BYU leads 7-3
- Last Meeting: Gonzaga won 4-1 on March 25, 2022, in Provo
- The Pilots are 6-6 this season, including 5-1 at home. They are 0-1 in WCC play after losing to San Diego on February 17.
- Senior Sema Pankin is 7-5 at No. 1 singles and has two wins over nationally ranked opponents.
- Head coach Aaron Gross is in his 25th season.
- Series Record: BYU leads 12-2
- Last Meeting: BYU won 4-2 on March 19, 2022, in Provo