The BYU men's tennis team kicked off its 2016 season by sweeping the Southern Utah T-Birds, 7-0, at home Friday night, only giving up 10 games the entire match.
The Cougars (1-0, 0-0) got on the board quickly by winning the doubles point. Shane Monroe and Keaton Cullimore defeated SUU's Brandon Olcott and Dario Rios, 6-1, and John Pearce and Jeremy Bourgeois took down Joshua Coen and Peyton Garnett, 6-2, to put BYU up 1-0 early on. Because the doubles point had already been won, Andrey Goryachkov and Jacob Sullivan's match was called at 5-3.
BYU didn't allow Southern Utah (0-1, 0-0) to get anything going on the singles side either. Cullimore, Goryachkov and Pearce each swept their opponents, 6-0, 6-0, to claim three singles points for BYU. Monroe defeated Ryan Andrus, 6-0, 6-2, in the No. 2 singles spot to give the Cougars a 5-0 lead. Bourgeois defeated SUU's Joshua Coen, 6-0, 6-2, and JD Malan sealed the sweep for the Cougars with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Peyton Garnett.
The Cougars head to Hawaii next week to face three different teams: BYU-Hawai'i, Sacramento State and the University of Hawai'i. Their next home match is Jan. 22, against Weber State.
Michelle Wood is a public relations student at Brigham Young University with a dream of making it to the Super Bowl one day. While she isn't studying for tests and classes, you can find her in the offices of BYU Athletics, working on media relations.