Cougars and Utes set to battle in men’s tennis

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The No. 45 BYU men’s tennis team will put its four-match win streak on the line against the University of Utah Saturday at the Indoor Tennis Courts at 5:30 p.m.

The Cougars (9–2) defeated Utah (7–1) 5–2 last year at the Eccles Tennis Center in Salt Lake City, and will look to repeat that result this year.

“Rivalry matches are fun,” BYU coach Brad Pearce. “I care more, everybody around here cares more and certainly our fans care more.”

This will be the fifth straight match at home for the Cougars who have won four straight since losing back-to-back matches to UCLA and Stanford, including wins over No. 35 Santa Clara and No. 52 Denver.

BYU’s Patrick Kawka returns the ball.

The Cougars have won the last three matches against the Utes.

“I think the main things are to stay focus on what our strengths are,” Pearce said. “Obviously, what we’ve been doing has been successful. We just need to ramp up the intensity and we’ll be sure to do that.”

This season the Cougars and Utes have faced five common opponents — Weber State, Utah State, Air Force, UNLV and Denver. BYU is undefeated against all five teams, while Utah is 4–1 losing only to Denver.

Admission to the match is free. There will be free pizza and prizes at the match.

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