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.
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.
#54 Denver 5, #49 Brigham Young 2
1. SARGEANT, Francis (BYU) def. #86 Henry Craig (DU) 6-4 (13-15), 5-6, 10-7