Thayne, Fuchs earn ranked victories as BYU falls 5-2 to No. 20 Stanford
PROVO, Utah – BYU men’s tennis saw ranked victories over the nation’s 5th and 59th singles players from Wally Thayne and Zach Fuchs, but the Cougars ultimately lost 5-2 to No. 20 Stanford Thursday afternoon.
Thayne and Fuchs both won in straight sets. Stanford earned the doubles point after wins at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles before securing the match with four singles victories, two of which BYU forced into three sets.
“I'm always disappointed when we don't win, but I thought we played a very solid match against Stanford today,” said BYU head coach Dave Porter. “Stanford is obviously a good team, ranked 20th, and have a lot of ranked individual players. So, to be close in doubles and win at Nos. 2 and 3 singles in straight sets while being in three sets at Nos. 1 and 4, we're very pleased with how we played today. We're going to get a little bit of rest to be ready for San Diego on Saturday. Come and join us and after the first session of General Conference and watch some good tennis.”
- Jack Barnett/Wally Thayne (BYU) vs. Filip Kolasinski/Samir Banerjee (STAN) 5-5, unf.
- Arthur Fery/Anders Matta (STAN) def. Zach Fuchs/Brigham Andrus (BYU) 6-3
- Max Basing/Aryan Chaudhary (STAN) def. Redd Owen/Dominik Jakovljevic (BYU) 6-3
Order of finish: 2, 3
Stanford struck first at No. 2 doubles, scoring an early break to take a 3-1 lead. Fuchs and Andrus nearly had a break of their own later in the match but lost on deuce point. The two-game margin held throughout the match before Fery and Matta added another break point to take the match 6-3.
No. 3 doubles also saw Stanford go up 3-1. Once again the Cougars had a chance to even the score, but Owen and Jakovljevic fell on deuce point after going up 40-15. Basing and Chaudhary went on to win 6-3 to secure the doubles point.
The other two results meant No. 1 doubles went unfinished. The tight match was locked at 5-5, with neither side having lost their serve.
- No. 7 Arthur Fery (STAN) def. Jack Barnett (BYU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
- Wally Thayne (BYU) def. No. 5 Nishesh Basavareddy (STAN) 7-5, 6-3
- Zach Fuchs (BYU) def. No. 59 Samir Banerjee (STAN) 7-5, 6-3
- Neel Rajesh (STAN) def. Dominik Jakovljevic (BYU) 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2
- Aryan Chaudhary (STAN) def. Redd Owen (BYU) 6-2, 6-4
- Filip Kolasinski (STAN) def. Brigham Andrus (BYU) 6-4, 7-6 (5)
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1, 4, 5, 6
Fuchs put BYU on the board at No. 3 singles, where he defeated No. 59 Banerjee in straight sets. In set one, Fuchs fell behind 3-1 before winning a game while receiving without giving up a point to tie the set at 4-all. He later went ahead 6-5 before grabbing another break on deuce point to win the set 7-5.
Set two started with Fuchs up 2-0 after a backhand winner off Banerjee’s serve. Stanford responded with a break in the next game to tie the set at 2-all, but Fuchs then had two-straight games of his own to lead 4-2. That advantage held, with Fuchs winning the match on deuce point and taking set two 6-3.
Thayne secured a ranked win of his own at No. 2 singles, also winning in straight sets over No. 5 Basavareddy. Stanford led first when a break point gave Basavareddy a 3-2 lead, but Thayne took the next game on deuce point to tie the set. The pair remained tied until Thayne held his serve to go up 6-5 and won another break on deuce point to win set one 7-5.
Set two saw Thayne continue his momentum and start with a 3-0 lead. Two of those games were decided by deuce points, with Thayne victorious both times. He ultimately served for the match, holding his serve and winning 6-3 with a shot that hit the top of the net and trickled over to Stanford’s side.
Stanford’s first singles win came on the No. 1 court, where Barnett took No. 7 Fery to three sets. Barnett won set one after breaking a 4-4 tie with two-straight winning games. He won the second of those games while receiving with a nice return to Fery’s serve that Fery could not hit cleanly, giving Barnett the 6-4 set win. Set two saw Fery go up 3-1, and while Barnett stayed close, Fery ended up winning the set 6-3 after adding another break. Set three also went Fery’s way as the Cardinal won every game to win 6-0.
No. 4 singles also went to three sets. Jakovljevic was the aggressor in the first, taking a comfortable 6-2 win. The second also saw Jakovljevic take a lead, 4-2, before Rajesh fought back for a 4-all tie. Jakovljevic later survived two set points and saw the set head to a tiebreaker. Rajesh won the tiebreaker by a comfortable 7-3 margin and also took set three, winning 6-2.
Stanford clinched the dual match at No. 5 singles. Owen went down 3-1 before winning a break point to only trail 3-2, but Stanford won the final three games to take set one 6-2. Set two was tied 4-all before Chaudhary held his serve and won the next game while receiving to earn a 6-4 victory.
The Cardinal added to their lead at No. 6 singles, where Andrus fell in two close sets. Kolasinski took set one 6-4, winning three separate games on deuce points. Set two saw Andrus go up 5-3 with a chance to serve for the set, but Kolasinski won three-straight games to lead 6-5. Andrus extended the match with a break point of his own and later took a 3-0 lead in the tiebreaker before Stanford stormed back to win set two 7-6 (5).
BYU next hosts No. 27 San Diego this Saturday, April 1, at 12:00 p.m. MDT from the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts.
Cougars to host two ranked foes in Provo
PROVO, Utah – The men’s tennis team will welcome two nationally ranked programs to the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts this weekend in No. 20 Stanford and No. 27 San Diego.
Thursday’s match versus Stanford will be the final non-conference match of the season and begins at 11:00 a.m. MDT. Saturday’s contest against San Diego marks BYU’s fourth West Coast Conference match in 2023 and gets underway at 12:00 p.m. MDT.
- The Cougars have a 3-11 record, including 1-2 in WCC matches.
- The two home matches mark a return to Provo for the first time in six weeks after eight-straight road contests. That stretch was the team’s longest since 2006.
- This year’s non-conference schedule featured opponents from seven different conferences.
- The Cardinal are 10-5 in 2023. Their trip to Provo is only their second true road match of the season.
- Stanford has four nationally ranked singles players: Nishesh Basavareddy (No. 5), Arthur Fery (No. 7), Max Basing (No. 9) and Samir Banerjee (No. 59).
- Basavareddy and Fery are also ranked together in doubles (No. 22).
- Series Record: Stanford leads 22-2
- Last Meeting: Stanford won 4-3 on Jan. 21, 2017, in Palo Alto, California
San Diego Notes
- The Toreros are 13-5 this season and 5-0 in WCC play.
- Sophomore Iiro Vasa is ranked No. 69 in singles.
- USD has finished first in the WCC in seven of the last eight completed seasons.
- Series Record: San Diego leads 21-17
- Last Meeting: San Diego won 4-0 on April 2, 2022, in San Diego