BYU men’s tennis crushes SUU in home opener

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Sophomore John Pearce lunges for a one-handed backhand during a match. The Cougars opened their season with a 7-0 victory over SUU. (Maddi Dayton)

The BYU men’s tennis team opened their season with a 7-0 victory over the Southern Utah University Thunderbirds in Provo on Friday night.”

BYU head coach Brad Pearce said in a press release on Tuesday that the team was “delighted” to have a chance to play at home before traveling to Hawaii next week.

It was easy to see why he felt that way. The standing-room only crowd was electric and senior Andrey Goryachkov said that the crowd was instrumental to the team’s success.

“The crowd was loud and we really appreciate it, that’s awesome,” Goryachkov said. “I, personally, really enjoy to interact with the crowd. I think it’s really helpful.”

With their home opening win behind them the Cougars are already focusing on their upcoming schedule.

Team captain Keaton Cullimore is optimistic, and cited the many players that are returning to the team.

“I’m really excited about (the season),” Cullimore said. “A lot of our more experienced guys are coming back. We have some good players returning, like Scott Bohne is home from his mission, John Pearce too.”

Cullimore also mentioned South African newcomer JD Malan as a player to watch. Malan received NCAA approval to play just hours before acing his singles match in two sets.

The Cougars travel to Hawaii next week for matches with BYU-Hawaii, Sacramento State and the University of Hawaii. Their next home match will be Jan. 22 against Weber State. Admission is free and pizza will be provided.

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