BYU men’s tennis sweeps Boise State

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Keaton Cullimore celebrates a victory during his singles match. The Cougars swept Boise State 4-0.
Keaton Cullimore celebrates a victory during his singles match. The Cougars swept Boise State 4-0 (Natalie Stoker)

The men’s tennis team remained undefeated at home after sweeping Boise State University 4-0 on Saturday.

The match started out strong for the Cougars with a 6-2 doubles victory from John Pearce and Jacob Sullivan. Shane Monroe and Jeremy Bourgeois lost a tight 7-5 match, but Keaton Cullimore and Andrey Goryachkov were able to rebound for the doubles point for the Cougars in a tiebreaker (7-6, 7-4).

BYU head coach John Pearce said he was proud of the way the team “overcame some diversity” in the doubles point.

“I feel like our guys really came through,” Pearce said. “This was a great rivalry match against a well-coached team with great tradition. We knew that Boise State was going to fight and make it a battle, but it felt good to win today.”

In singles competition, Goryachkov won in two sets (6-3, 6-3), followed by a three set victory (6-7, 6-4, 6-0) from Sullivan. Cullimore secured the BYU win after a closely contested (3-6, 6-3, 6-3) three set match.

“In singles, there were some ebbs and flows but no one threw in the towel and at the end of the day we were able to prevail,” Pearce said. “Moving forward, we’re going into our match next week against Utah knowing that we’ve come through in a big, high-pressure situation against a rival team.”

The men’s tennis team will head up to Salt Lake City to face the Utah Utes on Saturday, February 20 at 2 P.M. MST.

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