Cougar tennis duo advances to final at So Cal Intercollegiate

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Ball and Sullivan stand with Coach Brad Pearce. (BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)
Ball and Sullivan stand with Coach Brad Pearce. (BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)

The BYU doubles team of David Ball and Jacob Sullivan fell to UCLA’s Austin Rapp and Martin Redicki 3–8 in the final of the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships Saturday in Los Angeles.

Freshman Ball and sophomore Sullivan made an impressive run to the championship round, including an upset over the tournament’s No.1-seeded doubles team from UCLA Friday and wins against a third UCLA duo and a team from UC Irvine.

Coach Brad Pearce said in a press release that he was impressed with Ball’s and Sullivan’s play.

Teammates Andrey Goryachkov and Robin Pfister added to BYU’s doubles run, winning the doubles consolation draw with a victory over UC Santa Barbara’s Tobias Galskov and Ziad Sultan.

“This was a great week for Cougar tennis,” Coach Brad Pearce said. “We got exactly what we came here for, so it has been a very productive week of tennis.”

The Cougars didn’t fare as well in the singles tournament; each of the players had lost in the singles tournament by the end of Thursday’s play. Senior No. 1 singles player Francis Sargeant withdrew from his match because of injury.

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