A year ago, BYU's David Harkness completed a rare triple by winning the singles, doubles and team championships at the WAC tennis meet in Provo.
This year Harkness had his hopes for another triple dashed Wednesday when the Cougars lost to Utah in the team finals. But going into the final day of the individual meet, Harkness can still win two more WAC titles.Harkness captured a pair of singles victories Friday to move into this morning's final against hometown favorite Alan Dils of New Mexico. In doubles, Harkness teamed with Johnny Mattice to win an exciting three-set match with San Diego State's Joe McDonough and Tole Marinkovic 6-4, 4-6, 7-6.
"The team (competition) meant a lot to me, but it would mean a lot to win singles and doubles," said Harkness, a senior from Salt Lake City.
Harkness has shaken off a virus that troubled him earlier in the week when he lost in the first two team matches. Friday he disposed of Mattice, his doubles partner, 6-3, 6-1 in the morning before downing Utah's Eric Chin 6-2, 6-4. Chin, Utah's usual No. 5 player, had defeated his team's No. 1 player, Chris Entzel, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
Dils, New Mexico's No. 1 player and a native of Belen, N.M., had to go three sets to defeat Utah's Brendan Bowyer in the semifinals 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
In the doubles competition, Harkness and Mattice will meet Don Kaliski and Tony Krawietz of Air Force, who defeated Utah's No. 1 doubles team of Chris Entzel and Brendan Bowyer, 6-4, 6-4.
Utah's No. 2 doubles team of Chin and Johan Hogstedt advanced to the semifinals with a victory over San Diego State's Dana Gill and Woody Yocum. They'll meet New Mexico's Dils and Jorge Ortega, the No. 1-seeded doubles team in the tourney, in the semifinals.
The doubles finals this afternoon will conclude the WAC tournament.