No. 35 Pepperdine defeats BYU 4-0
MALIBU, Calif. – The final road match of the season for BYU men’s tennis saw the Cougars fall 4-0 to No. 35 Pepperdine. Jack Barnett and Dominik Jakovljevic each won the first set in their respective singles matches but had to end each contest early once Pepperdine secured the dual match.
- Jack Barnett/Wally Thayne (BYU) vs. Maxi Homberg/Eero Vasa (PEPP) 6-5, unf.
- Linus Halldin/Pietro Fellin (PEPP) def. Brigham Andrus/Zach Fuchs (BYU) 6-4
- Robert Shelton/Max Wuelfing (PEPP) def. Dominik Jakovljevic/Redd Owen (BYU) 6-1
Order of finish: 3, 2
The Waves earned their first doubles victory on court three. After both sides won their first games serving, Pepperdine used two breaks to win the next five games and take the match 6-1.
Andrus and Fuchs lost their serve on a deuce point to trail 2-1 at No. 2 doubles but won the next game while receiving on a deuce of their own. Halldin and Fellin added another break later in the match to lead 5-3, an advantage they maintained until finishing with a 6-4 victory.
No. 1 doubles then went unfinished with Barnett and Thayne holding a 6-5 lead and Pepperdine set to serve. Every game in the match was won by the serving team. Four games were decided with a deuce point, with Barnett and Thayne recovering from down 30-40 to win the game both times a deuce occurred while they were serving.
- Jack Barnett (BYU) vs. Eero Vasa (PEPP) 7-6 (8), 2-1, unf.
- Wally Thayne (BYU) vs. Pietro Fellin (PEPP) 5-7, 2-5, unf.
- Maxi Homberg (PEPP) def. Zach Fuchs (BYU) 6-3, 6-3
- Dominik Jakovljevic (BYU) vs. Linus Halldin (PEPP) 6-4, 2-2, unf.
- Robert Shelton (PEPP) def. Redd Owen (BYU) 6-1, 6-2
- Max Wuelfing (PEPP) def. Brigham Andrus (BYU) 6-2, 6-3
Order of finish: 6, 5, 3
Pepperdine took a comfortable 4-0 lead to start set one at No. 6 singles. Andrus was then able to hold serve to pick up two games before Wuelfing ultimately won 6-2. Set two also went Wuelfing’s way, as he won five of the final six games to earn a 6-3 victory.
No. 5 singles also saw a large early lead for Pepperdine as Shelton started out up 5-0 in set one, which he eventually won 6-1. Owen then gave up two break points in set two, with Shelton winning 6-2 to put the Waves up 3-0 in the dual match.
Fuchs had two close sets at No. 3 singles but ultimately fell in straight sets. Homberg used a one-break advantage in both sets to win 6-3 in each. The result clinched the dual match for Pepperdine and caused the remaining singles matches to go unfinished.
Barnett was ahead at No. 1 singles at the time of interruption. In set one he lost a deuce point to lose his serve and trail 3-2 but responded with a break of his own with a backhand return on deuce point to force a 3-all tie. The set ultimately went to a first-to-seven tiebreaker, which Barnett started with a 6-2 lead. Vasa survived all four of those set points and later outlasted three more before Barnett hit a cross-court winner to end a long rally and take the tiebreaker 10-8.
Set two saw Barnett win an early break point to lead 2-1. He was serving and looking to expand his lead to two games when the match was abandoned.
Court two saw Pepperdine hold an advantage, with Fellin taking set one 7-5. Thayne trailed 4-3 earlier in the set after losing his serve but won a break of his own in the subsequent game to earn a 4-all tie. Fellin later won another break point to take the final two games of the set. The second set had Fellin up 5-2 and set to serve before being left unfinished.
Jakovljevic used a break at No. 4 singles to lead set one 3-1. His advantage held for the rest of the set, which he won 6-4. Halldin looked to flip the momentum in set two by going up 2-0, but Jakovljevic won the next two games to bring the set to 2-all upon its conclusion. Both of the breaks in set two were won on deuce points.
The Cougars return home next week for the final match of the regular season when Pacific visits the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts on Friday, April 21, at 11:00 a.m. MDT.
BYU visits California for two pivotal WCC matches
LOS ANGELES – BYU men’s tennis will travel to Southern California this weekend for a pair of West Coast Conference matches at Loyola Marymount and No. 35 Pepperdine. Friday’s match at the LMU Tennis Center begins at 10:00 a.m. PDT, while Saturday’s contest from Pepperdine’s Ralphs-Strauss Tennis Center starts at 1:00 p.m. PDT.
The Cougars and LMU are part of a five-way tie for fourth place in the WCC standings. The top six teams will qualify for the WCC Tournament in San Diego, California, that begins in two weeks. Pepperdine sits atop the WCC as the only school unbeaten in conference play.
- The Cougars are 5-13 this season, including 3-3 in WCC play.
- Pepperdine will be the sixth ranked team BYU plays this season, with three others also in this week’s rankings after being unranked when playing the Cougars.
- BYU has all-time winning records against seven of the nine other WCC schools, a number LMU is hoping to change as the Cougars lead the series with the Lions by just one win.
- Earlier this season BYU snapped San Diego’s 16-match WCC win streak and now seeks to end Pepperdine’s record of 13-straight WCC wins at home.
- The Lions are 9-8 this season, including 2-3 in WCC play.
- Sophomore Arthur Pantino and senior Emin Torlic are both 9-3 in dual matches.
- Head coach Tom Lloyd is in his 10th season with LMU.
- Series Record: BYU leads 8-7
- Last Meeting: LMU won 4-0 on April 16, 2022, in Provo
- The Waves are 13-7 this season, including 5-0 in WCC play. They have won seven-straight matches and hold a 7-1 home record in 2023.
- Fifth-year seniors Daniel De Jonge and Tim Zeitvogel are ranked No. 49 nationally in doubles. De Jonge is ranked No. 63 in singles, while Zeitvogel is No. 103.
- Head coach Adam Schaechterle is in his fifth season with Pepperdine. He has a 69-35 record with the Waves.
- Series Record: Pepperdine leads 19-2
- Last Meeting: Pepperdine won 4-1 on April 14, 2022, in Provo