Men’s tennis opens WCC play at home against Santa Clara

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The No. 50 BYU men’s tennis team is hosting No. 37 Santa Clara to open up West Coast Conference play Saturday at BYU’s indoor tennis courts.

BYU (6–2) has gone 1–2 in its last three game since starting the season 5–0. The Cougars will hope to change that Saturday afternoon.

“Santa Clara is a good team,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “They’ve already had some good wins. We’re expecting a tough match.”

Francis Sargeant returns the ball during BYU’s 7–0 win over Utah State. The Cougars start WCC play Saturday against Santa Clara. (Photo by Chris Bunker)

The Cougars will be happy to be at home where they are undefeated, having beat Weber State, Utah State and Air Force earlier in the season. 

It’s good to be back home for more than one match,” Pearce said. “Being at home the guys can get on a regular schedule and I think that helps the performance on the court.”

BYU doubles partners junior Patrick Kawka and sophomore Francis Sargeant are currently at a team-best being 6–2 on the season and will look to keep that going Saturday.

“In any tight match the doubles point is always important,” Pearce siad. “We want to be playing the best doubles we can.”

Santa Clara (4–2) defeated BYU 4–3 last year in California and the Cougars are looking to settle the score.

The match starts at noon and admission is free. Pizza will be provided and there will be games at intermission.

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