PROVO -- Teammates Carlos Lozano and Eric Nyman of BYU dominated the BYU Invitational this week with both of them reaching the finals in both singles and doubles.
Lozano won the single's main draw final Saturday afternoon by defeating Nyman in a tough three-set match that ended 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-3.
The two Cougars teamed up to win the doubles final by beating Roland Brateanu andTomasz Grzyb of Utah 8-5.
BYU's head coach Jim Osborne was obvioulsy pleased with the tournament's results and the play of his team over the weekend.
"We did great," he said. "To win in both the singles and the doubles, you can't do much better than that. I think we are further along this year than we were at the same time last year."
Osborne accredits his seniors with the early success and hopes things continue.
"We still have some work to go, but I am pleased with how things are going thus far," he said.
Next week, Lozano and Nyman look to continue their successful fall season by traveling to Chattanooga, Tenn. to participate in the All-American Championships.
BYU Invitational - Third Day Results
Singles - Main Draw
Carlos Lozano (BYU) def. Mattias Silva (BSU) 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-3
Eric Nyman (BYU) def. Thomas Schoeck (BSU) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(5)
Lozano (BYU) def. Nyman (BYU) 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-3
Doubles - Main Draw
Lozano/Nyman (BYU) def. Brateanu/Grzyb (UU) 8-5
Singles - Back Draw #1
Andy Marsh (USU) def. Jason Herrud (Qualifier) 7-6(3), 6-0
Beck Roghaar (BSU) def. Don Williams (WSU) 6-4, 6-2
Roghaar (BSU) def. Marsh (USU) 6-2, 6-2
Singles - Back Draw #2
Daniel Lohff (UU) def. Jemre Okoh (ISU) Withdraw
Alonzo Medina (BYU) def. Roland Brateanu (UU) 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-5
Lohff (UU) def. Medina (BYU) 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-4
Doubles - Back Draw #1
Butler/Marsh (USU) def. Okoh/Swan (ISU) Withdraw
Battistone/Heapy (Qualifier) Bye
Battistone/Heapy (BYU) def. Butler/Marsh (USU) 8-2
Doubles - Back Draw #2
Schoeck/Silva (BSU) def. Chaichana/Lohff (UU) Withdraw
PROVO -- The BYU men's tennis team opens up its season this week as it hosts the BYU Invitational starting Thursday. The Invitational will include players from Boise State, Idaho State, Utah State, Utah and BYU.
The invitational will feature both a singles and doubles main draw with consolation brackets for those who get beat. Each player involved is assured to play at least two matches, and BYU head coach Jim Osborne said playing a lot of matches is the key this early in the season.
"We just want to get in as many matches as possible," Osborne said. "The purpose of this tournament is to let everyone get a feel for how good everyone is playing this early in the fall."
Osborne said his team is especially anxious to get the season underway.
"We have been practicing since the beginning of September and so the guys are getting a little tired of playing one another," he said. "They're all excited to get things going."
Matches will be played on BYU's outdoor courts starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday and running through Saturday. In case of inclement weather, matches will be moved to the indoor courts. Coach Osborne is hoping the fall weather will hold out.
"This is perfect tennis weather," he said. "It's always great to watch and play tennis when all the leaves are changing colors."