Three home victories for Cougar Tennis

Ari Davis
Nicolette Poulsen fires back a return at Saturday’s home match against the University of San Diego. (Ari Davis)

Both BYU tennis teams walked away with victories this weekend playing the first outdoor home matches of the season. The women’s team beat San Diego 5-1 and the men’s team topped Loyola Marymount University 4-2 and 4-3 over the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The women’s team clinched the doubles point and created a deficit that San Diego couldn’t come back from.

“We came out strong in doubles today and the girls did really well in singles,”said BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer. “It feels good to come out with a win. We played really well as a team.”

The Torreros received their only point when Taylah Beckman fell in her singles match, but Savannah Ware, Natella Nabevia and Savannah Ware secured the Cougar victory with singles wins.

The women’s team now heads to the Pacific Northwest to play Washington State on Friday, March 25.

The men’s team had tight matches on Friday and Saturday.  The doubles play continues to be a challenge for the team, but dropping the doubles points both days didn’t prevent the Cougar victory.

Shane Monroe put BYU on the scoreboard with his 6-2, 6-1 victory. Andrey Goryachkov and Keaton Cullimore kept the momentum rolling, coming back from initial deficits to win in three sets.

The final win came from John Pearce’s grueling third-set tiebreak that extended to 10-8.

“John had enough desire to ultimately prevail with the match on the line, but it was a roller coaster ride along the way,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “LMU came in and competed really well, I was really impressed with their fight.”

Saturday’s match fell on the shoulders of Aidan Carrazedo with the overall match score being tied up at 3-3. Carrazedo came back to win the second set in a tiebreaker and broke in the third, winning the final set 6-2.

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