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BYU tennis: Cougars men's tennis enters WCC tournament as a No. 2 seed

By Aaron Sorenson

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, April 24 2013 6:47 p.m. MDT

PROVO, Utah — Entering as the No. 2 seed, the No. 39 BYU men’s tennis team received a bye for the first two rounds of the West Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Championships in San Diego.

The Cougars (20-5, 7-1 WCC) will face the winner of Thursday's match between the No. 3 seed San Diego and the No. 6 seed Saint Mary's. The winner will play BYU in one of two semifinal matchups on Friday at 12:30 PDT. BYU defeated San Diego earlier this season 4-3 at home. The Cougars also topped Saint Mary's in Provo, 6-1, on March 30.

With a 19-5 mark in singles play, junior Patrick Kawka and sophomore Francis Sargeant shared the best team singles record this year. Kawka is currently ranked No. 45 in the ITA national polls.

In doubles play, the two share the court at the No. 1 doubles position and also own a team-high 16 victories in 2013. The duo holds a No. 80 ranking nationally.

The winner of the match will advance to the final round of the tournament.

The winner of the tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The tournament can be followed on WCC website.

Aaron Sorenson is the tennis sports information director at BYU.

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