Cougars fall on the road at No. 49 Waves
MALIBU, Calif. – BYU men’s tennis came out strong at No. 49 Pepperdine but could not sustain the momentum and lost 4-1 Saturday in a West Coast Conference matchup in Malibu.
The Cougars (9-13, 3-2) got on the board first with two victories in doubles to give them the 1-0 lead in the match. Aidan Carrazedo and David Ball were first off the court for BYU, beating Lautaro Pane and Luca Marquard 6-4. Francis Sargeant and Shane Monroe clinched the point for the Cougars with a 7-5 win over Pedro Iamachkine and Tom Hill.
The Waves (11-7, 3-1) flipped the momentum in singles and took four consecutive matchups to clinch the match. Shane Monroe was the first Cougar to fall at No. 3 singles, losing 6-2, 6-2 to Rakshay Thakkar. Iamachkine then beat Jacob Sullivan 6-0, 6-4 at No. 4 singles and Stefan Menichella outplayed Andrey Goryachkov at No. 2 singles, winning 0-6, 6-0, 6-3.
With Pepperdine up 3-1, Marquard clinched the match for the Waves at No. 6 singles by beating Carrazedo 6-2, 7-5.
BYU returns home next week to host WCC foe Pacific on Friday at noon. Live stats will be available through the men’s schedule page.
BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe has announced Zack Warren as BYU head men’s tennis coach.