Cougars lose to regional rival Pioneers

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Despite valiant wins from seasoned cougars Francis Sargeant and Andrey Goryachkov, No. 49 BYU lost on the road to No. 54 Denver 2-5 on Saturday.

Sargeant showed his veteran composure in a hard fought win against national No. 86 Henry Craig. The rivals rallied back and forth in a match of endurance. Sargeant sealed the win 6-4 (13-15), 5-6, 10-7.

BYU tennis player Francis Sargeant returns the ball during Saturday's match against Utah State at the Indoor Tennis Courts. Photo courtesy BYU Athletics.
BYU tennis player Francis Sargeant returns the ball during Saturday’s match against Utah State at the Indoor Tennis Courts. Photo courtesy BYU Athletics.

The BYU sophomore also stepped-up big for the cougars. After losing the first set 3-6, Goryachkov climbed his way back to victory, winning the next two sets, 6-4, 6-4.

Freshman Matthew Pearce and Robin Pfister found some success against their opponents, winning their first sets respectively. Pearce started off with a demanding 6-1 win, but Denver’s Alex Clinkenbeard came back to win the next two sets 6-1, 6-4.

After a 6-4 win in the first set, Pfister fell to Diogo Rocha 6-1, 6-4.

Freshmen Aidan Carrazedo and Jeremy Bourgeois were both beaten by their opponents in two sets.

BYU will be at home against No. 44 Boise State, Saturday Feb. 8, at 5:30 p.m. MST.

Feb. 1, 2014 at Denver, Colo.
(CAC Monoco)
#54 Denver 5, #49 Brigham Young 2
Singles competition
1. SARGEANT, Francis (BYU) def. #86 Henry Craig (DU) 6-4 (13-15), 5-6, 10-7
2. GORYACHKOV, Andrey (BYU) def. Alex Gasson (DU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. Diogo Rocha (DU) def. PFISTER, Robin (BYU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
4. Yannik James (DU) def. BOURGEOIS, Jeremy (BYU) 6-5, 6-3
5. Alex Clinkenbeard (DU) def. PEARCE, Matthew (BYU) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
6. Aidan Talcott (DU) def. CARRAZEDO, Aidan (BYU) 6-1, 6-3
Doubles competition
1. Henry Craig/Diogo Rocha (DU) def. SARGEANT, Francis/GALLI, Sterling (BYU) 6-2
2. Alex Gasson/Yannik James (DU) def. PFISTER, Robin/BOURGEOIS, Jeremy (BYU) 6-0
3. Fabio Biasion/Alex Clinkenbeard (DU) def. PEARCE, Matthew/GORYACHKOV, Andrey (BYU) 5-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,4,5,2,1,3)
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