Full Weekend of Tennis for Cougar Teams
PROVO -- Both the BYU men's and women's tennis teams competed at home on Saturday against Eastern Washington and Arkansas, respectively.
The No. 68 Cougar men (3-0) defeated the Eagles, 4-3, after a decisive 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 match between sophomore Cassidy Mears and EWU's Nico Riego de Dios. After losing the first set, Mears refused to give up and battled back to win the following two sets, giving BYU its fourth point to win the match.
"One thing I've learned with Cassidy [Mears] is that win or lose, he's going to fight," said BYU head coach Brad Pearce. "He's never going to give up. I knew he was going to fight and I'm really pleased and happy to see him come through, obviously in a huge way."
The Cougars' three other points came from wins by freshmen Thomas Shubert, Evan Urbina and Daniel Hwang.
In doubles play, Mears and Jonathan Sanchez recorded the lone win for BYU (8-4). The duo of Urbina and Hwang played for multiple match points on the second court, with their teammates' cheers ringing in the background, but were unable to seal a victory.
Earlier in the afternoon, the No. 28 ranked BYU women fell to 2-2 on the season after a 5-2 upset by No. 53 Arkansas. Despite winning the doubles point, the Cougars were unable to hold off the Lady Razorbacks' comeback.
Anastasia Surkova and Jennifer Miccoli won their second doubles match in as many days, defeating Ela Kaluder and Aurelija Miseviciute, the No.12 ranked duo in the country. The Cougars defeated Arkansas' second ranked pair, No. 44 Maryori Franco and Nanar Airapetian, in an 8-2 win notched by Dolly Chang and Kristina Doerr.
As singles play came around, Arkansas put up a strong fight, forcing multiple third sets and tiebreakers. Surkova battled back, from down 2-5 in the first set, to win five straight games. She would eventually drop the final two sets.
BYU's only singles win came from freshman Elizaveta Ezhova, who defeated Maryori Franco 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 at the No. 3 position.
Up next, both teams will hit the road, with the men traveling to face UCLA and Loyola Marymount on Jan. 25-26. The women will travel north to take on Washington State and Washington that same weekend.
No. 68 BYU-4
1. Mears/Sanchez (BYU) def. Davis/Mam (EWU), 8-4
2. Karas/Riego de Dios (EWU) def. Hwang/Urbina (BYU), 9-8 (8)
3. Schraeder/Norling (EWU) def. Shubert/T. Young (BYU), 9-7
1. T. Shubert (BYU) def. P. Mam (EWU), 6-1, 6-5
2. E. Urbina (BYU) def. K. Schraeder (EWU), 7-6, 6-2
3. C. Mears (BYU) def. N. Riego de Dios (EWU), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
4. D. Hwang (BYU) def. A. Karas (EWU), 6-0, 6-4
5. K. Norling (EWU) def. T. Young (BYU), 6-1, 6-2
6. J. Davis (EWU) def. A. Young (BYU), 7-5, 1-6, 10-2
Cougars Host Eastern Washington on Saturday
PROVO -- The No. 68 BYU men's tennis team hopes to build on its 2-0 start to the season when it hosts Eastern Washington University on Saturday, after winning two hard-fought matches against Utah State and Weber State last weekend.
"We're expecting a tough match," said Cougar head coach Brad Pearce. "Our theme this year is 'One week at a time.' Utah State and Weber State are in the past and now we're focusing on Eastern Washington. We're not focusing on anyone else but them."
After suffering an ankle sprain against Utah State, senior Jonathan Sanchez will practice for the first time on Wednesday. His status on Saturday will help determine BYU's singles lineup against the Eagles.
Posting a 2-4 team doubles record in its first two matches of the season, BYU has made several changes in an attempt to improve that record.
"The past few days we've been looking at some different combinations in doubles," said Pearce. "We feel comfortable with the combinations we have now. Now it's just a matter of having them hit a lot of balls together."
Admission to the match is free and will be held at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts at 5:30 p.m. following the women's match against Arkansas at noon. The facility is located directly south of the Smith Fieldhouse and east of the soccer field. All BYU parking is open to the public on Saturdays.