Matthew Pearce helped BYU bounce back from a tough loss to earn a 4-2 win over Portland on Saturday night at the Indoor Tennis Courts to open WCC play for both teams.
“I’m really pleased with the way our guys showed resilience bouncing back from a tough loss yesterday, losing the doubles point tonight and then coming out battling to get the job done in the singles,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “I give a lot of credit to Portland—they came in and fought hard. We hope to get Sean (Hill) back healthy and in the lineup next week against Denver.”
BYU (8-1, 1-0 WCC) duo Sam Tullis and David Ball came out strong in No. 3 doubles with a quick 6-1 win over Andrew Newell and Drew Davison. Portland (5-4, 0-1 WCC) took control of doubles with Jamie Fisher and Carlos Donat defeating John Pearce and Ben Gajardo, 6-3. The Pilots clinched the doubles point with a win in No. 1 doubles.
The Cougars were ready and came out fighting in singles to win three-consecutive lines. Gajardo defeated Newell, 6-3, 6-2, in the No. 4 slot. Sam Tullis earned a big victory over Donat, winning the first set, 6-3. Both players battled back and forth in the second set, and with many match points, Tullis ultimately won with a 14-12 tiebreak score to secure the match. John Pearce beat Pierre Garcia, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, in No. 2 doubles to push the Cougars ahead 3-1 and keep the momentum going for BYU.
Hsu fell to Mathieu Garcia in a hard-fought match in No. 1 singles. After dropping a close first set—a 12-10 tiebreaker score, Hsu came back to win the second set, 6-4, but he ultimately fell short in the third set, 6-2.
Matthew Pearce clinched the 4-2 win for BYU over Portland with a solid 6-3, 6-4 victory against Jamie Fisher in No. 5 singles.
BYU will take on regional opponent the University of Denver on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 12 p.m. MST, at the Stapleton Tennis Pavilion in Denver, Colorado. Results will be updated following the match on the men’s schedule page.
Genny Hickman is a PR student at Brigham Young University. She currently interns with the Athletic Communications office on campus.