After posting two wins in its first road trip of 2014, No. 45 BYU men’s tennis gears up for two competitive matches at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend with the first match versus No. 8 Kentucky on Friday at 1 p.m. EST in Lexington, Ky.
The Cougars (4-0) face the Wildcats (4-0) in the first day of competition. On Saturday, they will play either No. 29 Notre Dame or No. 39 Minnesota in the championship or consolation match.
“We're feeling good at 4-0 for the season,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “It hasn't been easy, but our guys are finding a way to win.”
Friday marks the first tough test for BYU this season. In the first road trip this season, the team came away with a 4-3 win against No. 74 George Washington and a 5-2 win over a solid Navy team.
“We have a challenge ahead of us,” coach Pearce said. “We're excited about playing No. 8 Kentucky on their home courts, and it will be great to play either of the other two highly-ranked teams, Notre Dame or Minnesota. We'll be prepared to give Kentucky everything we have and see what happens for the next round.”
For a roster that has eight freshmen and only three returning players, the results have been solid.
The newcomers are pulling their weight with Matthew Pearce, Juan Canales and Aidan Carrazedo each posting a 3-1 record. Pearce and fellow freshman Jacob Sullivan have also compiled a 3-1 doubles record through the first four matches.
The second day of competition continues Saturday with the consolation at 1 p.m. EST and the championship at 5 p.m.
McKay Perry is the sports information director for BYU men's and women's tennis. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org