BYU tennis hosts No. 60 New Mexico with home win streak on the line


The BYU men’s tennis team will host No. 60 New Mexico on Saturday at noon one week after grabbing its eighth consecutive home win of the season.

BYU (12–4) is undefeated in Provo this season, and is coming off a 4–3 win last week over West Coast Conference foe San Diego, who was ranked No. 47 at the time.

Keaton Cullimore makes a return during a match last season.(Photo by Sarah Hill)
Keaton Cullimore returns the ball during a match last season. BYU faces New Mexico on Saturday. (Photo by Sarah Hill)

So far this season the Cougars are 5–2 against ranked opponents with their only two losses coming against No. 3 UCLA and No. 18 Stanford back in January and the beginning of February.

New Mexico (6–7) comes into the match having won three straight matches, including two recent wins at home — one a 4–3 victory over in-state rival New Mexico State and a 5–2 win over DePaul.

“They’re a good team,” BYU coach Brad Pearce said. “I’m looking forward to it, and we’ll be ready for them.”

BYU junior Patrick Kawka comes into the match ranked No. 42 nationally and hasn’t lost a singles match at home since early February against Air Force.

In doubles the Cougars are led by Kawka and sophomore Francis Sargeant along with sophomore Keaton Cullimore and freshman John Pearce, both duos having won 11 matches.

New Mexico will rely on senior Jaden Phillips to lead the way against BYU. He comes into the match 10–5 overall, and 8–2 in his last ten matches.

The match starts at noon, and admission to the match is free and pizza will be provided.

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