By SEAN SUNDWAL
BYU ended its four-match slide in a big way Tuesday night, slamming the visiting Weber State Wildcats 7-0, in a match which featured the first BYU doubles victory of the 1996 season.
The Cougars dropped only two sets in the entire match.
Things looked good from the outset as teammates Boris Bosnjakovic and Manuel Calvo paired up to defeat WSU’s duo, 9-7, in a grueling 70-minute doubles match that had only one service break.
“We didn’t play brilliant, we just played good enough to win,” Bosnjakovic said.
The doubles victory was a morale booster for the Cougars, and set the pace for the rest of the match.
“Psychologically it’s really important. I think it makes the guys feel more loose, and more importantly it shows the work we’ve done on our doubles has paid off,” coach Jim Osborne.
With the momentum gained from the doubles matches, the Cougars continued to punish the Wildcats all night. Bosnjakovic was especially dominating.
Before Bosnjakovic’s singles match against Pavlik, Osborne predicted that fans would see nothing but power tennis, and that is exactly what they saw.
On his way to an easy 6-2, 6-1 victory, Bosnjakovic piled up 11 aces, three of which came in the fourth game of the first set, virtually taking his opponent out of the match from the beginning.
Bosnjakovic’s goal prior to the match was to stay focused and hit the ball hard. How did he do?
“My serve was on fire today. It was a lot of fun. I knew I was a better player and I just tried to get on him right away and not let him breathe,” Bosnjakovic said.
But Bosnjakovic wasn’t the only Cougar who feasted on WSU.
Junior Kris Rosander celebrated his birthday Tuesday night with two victories, seeing his first action since he suffered a pulled stomach muscle that kept him out of Friday’s match against Boise State.
“It was just nice to play again. It was a good confidence builder,” Rosander said. “I tried to be patient and attack his serve.”
Rosander won his singles match, 7-5, 6-0 over WSU’s Danny Novak.
In doubles action Rosander and partner Jason Hardin had an easy time, winning 8-5 while teammates David White and Kengo Usui were also victorious, defeating their Wildcat counterparts, 8-6.
Sophomore Brad McIntosh sat out Tuesday’s match with a hip injury that he suffered in Friday’s loss to Boise State.
According to Osborne, McIntosh continues to improve, but may see only limited action in Friday’s match against San Diego State. If McIntosh does compete, Osborne says that he will probably be restricted to only playing doubles.
With the win Tuseday night, the Cougars evened their season record at 4-4