BYU Men’s tennis now 5-1 in WCC play

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Shane Monroe gears up to serve to his opponent at home earlier this season. (Ari Davis)

The men’s tennis team earned two conference victories in California this weekend. The Cougars beat Santa Clara 4-3 and swept San Francisco 4-0.

Jeremy Bourgeois and Keaton Cullimore quickly took the first win of the weekend with a 6-0 victory. Shane Monroe and Andrey Goryachkov took the second win in a tiebreaker and the doubles point went to the Cougars.

Nearly every signles match went out all three sets. John Pearce lost his match but Bourgeois’ three set battle tipped the lead back to BYU.

After Monroe’s loss, Jacob Sullivan and Goryachkov secured the Cougar victory.

“I have great respect for our fellow WCC tennis programs,” said BYU head coach Brad Pearce. “They’re all good teams and every match is fiercely competitive.”

The Cougars’ win against San Francisco was the their fifth of West Coast Conference Play.

After clinching the doubles point again, the rest of the match was smooth sailing for BYU.

The Cougars faired even better against the Dons.

Aidan Carrazedo took the first singles match of the day in straight sets. Goryachkov followed suit, winning his first set in a tiebreaker and only allowing two games in the second set. Monroe finalized the Cougar victory with in the first singles spot, winning  6-2, 3-6, 7-6.

“All of our players battled extremely hard at every position,” Pearce said. “We had to dig deep to win. It feels great to return home with two well-deserved conference wins.”

The team will play their final home match of the season Friday April 15 at 2:00 P.M. MST. Admission is free.

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