PROVO — The BYU men’s tennis team pulled a 4-0 sweep against WCC foe Santa Clara Saturday night at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts.
“Santa Clara is a well-coached team; every single one of their guys is a competitor and they always fight hard,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “We always prepare and expect a battle when we play them. I thought getting a decisive win was really important for us, so I’m really pleased. I felt like we came out and played solid doubles on every court. We didn’t give up one point today and that’s so hard to do. I think that once again shows you what fighters these guys are. That’s what this team is about; every guy is going to fight every single point. No one wants to be the guy to put a point on the board for the opposing team. To the man, I couldn’t be more proud of everybody.”
"Sean (Hill) played a terrific match on court one," Pearce added. "Mateo (Vereau Melendez) got the next win, kind of back-and-forth, but he prevailed. I just think overall, it was a solid win for us against a good team and I couldn’t be more proud of our guys."
The Cougars (6-2, 1-0 WCC) started off strong and claimed the doubles point against the Broncos (4-3, 0-1 WCC), who were picked second in the WCC coaches preseason poll. BYU duo Matthew Pearce and Mateo Vereau Melendez finished first in the No. 3 spot with a quick 6-0 victory over Connor Garnett and Rob Seby. At No. 1, BYU's Sean Hill and Jeffrey Hsu followed after topping Andrew Gu and Jesus Barajas, 6-3.Comment on this story
Hill claimed the first singles point for BYU in the No. 1 position after taking down Barajas in a quick 6-1, 6-2 victory. Up 2-0, the Cougars claimed another point from No. 3 singles as Vereau bested Garnett 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
Off the bench in No. 4 singles, Gajardo came through and completed the sweep for BYU by swiftly defeating Arthur Neuhaus 6-2, 6-1.
The Cougars’ continue play at home with a doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 15. They will face New Mexico at 11 a.m. MDT and UC Irvine at 5:30 p.m. MDT.