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BYU tennis: Cougar players advance in Southern California Intercollegiate

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30 2013 10:18 p.m. MDT

LOS ANGELES — The BYU men’s tennis team concluded singles qualifying play at the 57th Annual Southern California Intercollegiate Championships on Wednesday.

Freshman Sterling Galli swept his first match of the day against Nishanth Yamani of UCLA, 6-0, 6-0. He followed that victory with another against UC San Diego’s Devon Sousa, 6-1, 6-2.

Jeremy Bourgeois also advanced to the main draw defeating Concordia’s Hayden Hensley, 6-1, 6-4, following a first-round bye.

Sophomore Nikki Rae beat Gary Yam of Azusa Pacific, 6-1, 6-4, before he lost to Cory Pang of Cal Poly, 6-1, 6-3.

Juan Canales defeated Azusa Pacific’s Alan Leahy in a close match. Canales won the first set, 6-3, before losing the second set, 7-6. He rebounded in the third set with a 6-3 win, taking the match.

BYU continues play Thursday with singles main draw at 10 a.m. and doubles qualifying at 4 p.m. PDT.

Singles qualifying

First Round

Jeremy Bourgeois (bye)

Juan Canales (BYU) d. Alan Leahy (APU) — 6-3, 6-7, 6-3

Sterling Galli (BYU) d. Nishanth Yamani (UCLA) — 6-0, 6-0

Nikki Rae (BYU) d. Gary Yam (APU) — 6-1, 6-4

Second Round

Jeremy Bourgeois (BYU) d. Hayden Hensley (Concordia) — 6-1, 6-4

Sterling Galli (BYU) d. Devon Sousa (UCSD) — 6-1, 6-2

Cory Pang (Cal Poly-SLO) d. Nikki Rae (BYU) — 6-1, 6-3

McKay Perry is the sports information director for BYU men's and women's tennis. Contact him at tennis_sid@byu.edu

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