Men’s tennis hosts Saint Mary’s in final home match

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The BYU men’s tennis team is closing in on one of its main goals for this season — an undefeated record at home.

The Cougars (14–4, 3–0 WCC) are 10–0 at home, and with just one match left against Saint Mary’s (8–8, 3–0 WCC) that pre-season goal is close to becoming a reality.

“We’ve got to focus on every single point,” Coach Pearce said. “I’d like to see us get a good start and set the tone during the doubles matches.”

BYU junior Patrick Kawka returns the ball during a recent home match against Utah State. The Cougars play their last home match of the season Saturday. (Photo by Chris Bunker)
BYU junior Patrick Kawka returns the ball during a recent home match against Utah State. The Cougars play their last home match of the season Saturday. (Photo by Chris Bunker)

While the Cougars have been unbeatable at home, it will be the first time they play on the outdoor tennis courts, and all four losses this season for them have come outside.

Saint Mary’s on the other hand has struggled on the road this season — winning just two of nine matches. The Gaels however, are tied at the top of the West Coast Conference standings with the Cougars.

Nationally ranked Patrick Kawka continues to lead the Cougars and has won seven consecutive home matches. The junior from Reno, Nev. hasn’t lost at home since the beginning of January and is coming off a straight sets victory last week over Thai Tu from San Francisco.

The match starts at noon at the outdoor tennis courts on Saturday. Admission to the match is free and pizza will be provided.

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