Mike Miller | Posted: 8 Feb 2023 | Updated: 15 Feb 2023

Cougars prepare to host Lobos, visit Aggies

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Head coach Dave Porter coaching the men's tennis team

PROVO, Utah – BYU men’s tennis returns to action this week with two matches, the second of which will be the team’s first road contest of the year. The Cougars (1-1) host New Mexico on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 11:00 a.m. MST before traveling to in-state foe Utah State on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 12:00 p.m. MST.

Thursday’s home match will be played at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts. Attendance is free.

Saturday’s match in Logan will be hosted by the Sports Academy & Racquet Club. Further details will be announced when available.

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BYU Notes

  • Sophomores Wally Thayne and Zach Fuchs were named WCC Doubles Team of the Week after their 6-3 win at No. 1 doubles versus Cal Poly last Friday.
  • Fuchs is also 2-0 in singles this season, with freshman Redd Owen and senior Mateo Vereau also starting the year undefeated.
  • BYU faced some UNM and USU players in the fall at the ITA Mountain Regional. Fuchs defeated UNM’s Ryoma Matsushita 6-4, 7-6 (5) in singles. He also teamed with Vereau to defeat UNM’s Daniil Kakhniuk and Aram Noroozian 8-6 in doubles.
  • At the same tournament Thayne defeated USU’s Stijn Paardeooper 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 in singles.

New Mexico Notes

  • The Lobos are 3-0 after wins over UT Arlington, Gonzaga and New Mexico State.
  • UNM is lead by sophomore Arda Azkara, who is 3-0 at No. 1 singles thus far.
  • Head coach Chris Russell is in his second season with New Mexico. Last year his team finished 11-13.

Series Information

  • Series Record: BYU leads 34-23
  • Last Meeting: New Mexico won two matches on Feb. 18 and 19, 2022, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Both matches finished 4-0 for the Lobos.

Utah State Notes

  • The Aggies are 2-2 on the season. They lost on the road against Oregon and Portland before winning at home versus Eastern Washington and Grand Canyon.
  • USU will play Utah on Wednesday in Salt Lake City before hosting BYU.
  • Head coach Aaron Paajanen is in his fourth season in Logan. He is 28-33 all-time with the Aggies.

Series Information

  • Series Record: BYU leads 53-5
  • Last Meeting: BYU won 4-3 in Provo on March 26, 2022

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