BYU men’s tennis logged consecutive 4-0 victories over New Mexico and UC Irvine in a doubleheader Friday at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts.
“We want to give credit to both New Mexico and Irvine; both teams came in and competed hard and with a lot of intensity,” said BYU head coach Brad Pearce. “We commend them for coming in and giving us a huge battle. I can’t say enough about what we saw here tonight. If someone would’ve told me that we would’ve gone through a doubleheader against two very solid teams without dropping a match, I would’ve said, ‘That’s not likely to happen.’ But it did happen.”
Juniors Sean Hill and Sam Tullis and sophomore Ben Gajardoled BYU (8-2) to wins in singles and doubles against New Mexico (1-4) and UC Irvine (2-3). Hill defeated No. 35 Ricky Hernandez Tong in two sets at No. 1 singles, and Tullis and Gajardo logged two doubles victories for the Cougars.
New Mexico Lobos
In the first match of the day, BYU claimed early victories in second and third doubles. Matthew Pearce and Mateo Vereau Melendez defeated New Mexico’s Facundo Bermejo and Dominic West, 6-1, while Tullis and Gajardo teamed up for a 6-1 win over Tim Buttner and Casey Recci.
The Cougars continued to dominate the Lobos on the court with three straight singles victories. Tullis struck first for BYU in the No. 4 singles spot, topping Buttner 6-3, 6-3. Hill took a 7-6, 6-3 win over Hernandez Tong. Vereau grabbed the final point for BYU with a three-set 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 victory over Stepan Holis.
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BYU came off a strong win with energy and confidence, which showed in doubles against UC Irvine. Hill and Jeffrey Hsu bested Daniel Gealer and Mason Hasen 6-2 at the No. 1 slot. In second doubles, Tullis and Gajardo logged their second victory of the day over Vatsal Bajpai and Mateusz Smolicki 7-6 to remain undefeated in the season.
In singles, Hill and Tullis started the Cougars off with two-set wins over the Anteaters. Hill defeated Sasha Krasnov 6-1, 6-4 at No. 1 singles while at No. 4 singles, Tullis topped Hansen 6-3, 6-4. Vereau battled until the end to pull out a competitive 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 win over Smolicki to solidify a 4-0 BYU win over UC Irvine.
The Cougars remain at home to face the Air Force Academy on Friday, Feb. 22, and Denver on Saturday, Feb. 23, with both matches beginning at 5:30 p.m. MDT.