No. 50 BYU tennis faces regional rivals UNLV and Denver


The No. 50 BYU men’s tennis team hosts back-to-back matches this weekend against regional rivals UNLV and Denver University at the indoor tennis courts.

The Cougars have won two straight, including a 4–3 nail-biter against No. 37 Santa Clara last weekend at home. BYU currently sits at 7–2, with its only two losses coming on the road to highly-ranked UCLA and Stanford. 

Patrick Kawka hits returns the ball during a match against Weber State. BYU faces UNLV and Denver this weekend. (Photo by Chris Bunker)

“UNLV and Denver are both very good teams and regional rivals of ours,” BYU coach Brad Pearce said. “I think everybody’s looking forward to the match this weekend. We’re expecting tough battles both nights.”

A third and fourth straight match at home will be another welcome sight for the Cougars who have had to recover from a difficult road schedule to start the season.

“Anytime you’re traveling like we were, it physically, mentally and emotionally takes it out of you,” Pearce said. “Being home again is really nice; everyone is feeling better. These guys just like to play.”

UNLV comes into Friday’s match undefeated at 5–0, while Denver is currently sitting on a 2–2 record.

The Denver Pioneers are ranked just behind the Cougars at No. 52 in the country. It will be the sixth ranked team the Cougars have played and they’ve won three of five so far.

BYU junior Patrick Kawka has been rewarded for his recent play with a No. 74 national ranking. Kawka and doubles partner sophomore Francis Sargeant have also been given a No. 59 ranking as a duo.

The Cougars face the Rebels Friday and face the Pioneers Saturday; both matches start at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and there will be pizza and prizes throughout the match.

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