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Anonymous | Posted: 18 Oct 2008 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Tennis Closes Out Region Championship


LAS -- The BYU men’s tennis team concluded its regional competition Saturday with strong doubles play from the Cougars. BYU duo Cassidy Mears and Thomas Shubert made it to the semifinals of the doubles draw while sophomores Evan Urbina and A.J. Young made it to the quarterfinals.

Denver pair Andrew Landwerlen and Martin Zimmerman ended the Cougars’ hopes of having a team in the finals after defeating both remaining BYU pairs. The DU twosome beat Urbina and Young 8-6 before edging out Mears and Shubert 9-7.

“It was a worthwhile and great tournament for us,” BYU coach Brad Pearce said. “We performed well overall.”

Pearce said the team would need to focus on consistency as it moves forward in the fall season.

“It’s a great opportunity to see how we’ll work with our guys collectively and individually over the next couple of months,” Pearce said.

The men’s team will resume play Nov. 5 at the So Cal Intercollegiate Tournament in Los Angeles.

For final results from the regional tournament, click here.

In Salt Lake, the regional championship also ended Saturday for the BYU women’s tennis team. Cougars Kristina Doerr and McCall Jones advanced to the Round of 16 in the singles competition before being eliminated.

Junior Doerr beat Kansas State’s Antea Huljev to secure a spot in the final 16 against Nebraska’s Wiveca Swarting. Doerr won the first set 6-4, but Swarting came back to take the second and third and clinch the victory. Jones defeated her Kansas opponent in the Round of 32 before falling to the tournament’s No. 6 seed Ola Abou-Zerky in straight sets.

“We had some amazing matches,” BYU coach Craig Manning said. “We’ve got a lot of good things going on.”

Manning said the team played good tennis, but there is room for improvement.

“I’m happy with where we are. We’ve got a huge amount of talent,” Manning said. “We just need to work on a couple of specific skills.”

The Cougars will next have the chance to use those skills when they travel to the Matador Invitational Nov. 7.

For final results from the regional tournament, click here.


Anonymous | Posted: 14 Oct 2008 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Tennis Heads to Regional Tournament


PROVO -- Both BYU tennis teams will play in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Regional Championships this week. The men’s team will travel south to Las Vegas while the women’s team will head north to Salt Lake.

The men’s team is a member of the Mountain Region and will be facing conference opponents from the University of Utah, UNLV, New Mexico and Air Force as well as players from 11 other regional universities.

BYU coach Brad Pearce has a two-fold goal for his players this weekend.

“With our returning players and new freshmen, we want to show depth and that we’re strong,” Pearce said. “I would like to see some BYU players go deep in this tournament.”

Several members of the team including Thomas Shubert, Cassidy Mears, Evan Urbina and A.J. Young played last week in the qualifying rounds of the ITA All-American Championships.

The Mountain Region Championships will begin Wednesday at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas and go through Saturday.

As a member of the ITA’s Central Region, the women's team will play opponents from several Mountain West schools including Utah, Wyoming, Air Force, Colorado State and New Mexico. The team will also face players from 15 other universities in the region.

BYU last played two weeks ago in the Cal Nike Invitational in Berkeley. Junior Kristina Doerr also competed last week as a selection in the qualifying rounds of the ITA All-American Championships.

The Cougars will play at the University of Utah tennis courts beginning Wednesday, and the finals will be held Saturday