BYU men’s tennis hosts Utah State and Idaho

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John Pearce fires back a return during the match against the University of Idaho. (Natalie Stoker)

The BYU men’s tennis team hosted the University of Idaho and Utah State University this weekend, sweeping Idaho and falling to Utah State in their first home loss of the season.

The Cougs’ victory against the Vandals was their tenth straight win at home this season.

Winning the doubles point for the first time since February secured the match for BYU, and nearly all the singles matches were won in just two sets.

The one exception came from Shane Monroe, fighting at the No. 1 singles spot. After two closely contested sets, his win came in a 10-4 tiebreak, closing BYU’s victory at 5-0 and securing the sweep.

“Idaho is a good team,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “We wanted a solid match and we got that. We’re happy to get the doubles point; it’s been awhile.”

Saturday against in-state rival Utah State brought the first home loss of the season with a tight 4-3.

BYU lost the double point and scrambled to fight back the rest of the match. In the singles play, the first two points went to the Cougars after John Pearce and Keaton Cullimore took won their matches in two quick sets.

Monroe put up a fight, pushing his match out three sets with long, ground-stroke filled rallies, but ultimately lost and the Aggies jumped ahead 3-2.

Andrey Goryachkov rallied and evened the score to 3-3 with his victory but the pressure of a tied-up match was too much for Aidan Carrazedo and he lost his match in three sets.

BYU heads to California next week for a West Coast Conference matchup against No. 31 San Diego.

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