“I want to give a lot of credit to Portland,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “They had a tough road to hoe, so to speak, playing in San Diego yesterday, and I thought they gave it a good battle today. I was impressed by that.”
The Cougars (10-14, 4-5 WCC) began the day continuing their momentum from Friday’s win, sweeping all three doubles contests against the Pilots (12-8, 5-4 WCC).
The freshman Sullivan posted the win at No. 5 singles by being the first off the court. The Australian edged Alex Wallace in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4).
Sargeant was close behind with a two-set victory of his own at first singles, stifling Michel Hu Kwo, 6-4, 6-0.
The clincher came in sixth singles as Aidan Carrazedo edged Kent Andreasen. The South African native took the first set, 6-1, prior to falling in the second, 3-6. He bounced back in the third to secure the point and the WCC win, 6-1.
“I was impressed that in a few situations, our guys really dug in and didn’t let anything get easy for them,” coach Pearce said. “To beat a good team 6-1, Portland’s a very good team, I was really pleased with that.”
After the match was secured, the Cougars continued to battle as they took two of the remaining matchups.
No. 2 singles player Andrey Goryachkov was down a set and a break but clawed back. The sophomore fell, 4-6, in the first but evened the score in the second, 7-6 (7-1). In the final set, he found himself down 2-4 and stormed back for the 6-4 win.
From the fourth singles slot, freshman Matthew Pearce found himself down 3-5 in the first set but came back to take it 7-5. After falling in the second, Pearce swung the momentum back his way against Justin Guay for the 6-1 win.
The one-sided team victory follows Friday’s 7-0 win over Gonzaga and gives the Cougars a lift before the conference tournament.
“We’ve been looking for some momentum and I think we’re going to go in and play with more confidence than we have been,” coach Pearce said. “I think we’re going to be a dangerous team. I also have to give our guys credit: to perform the way they did during final exams, with the late nights and early mornings, I think they did a terrific job. We’re looking forward to not having this be our last win. Whoever we face, we’ll be ready.”
The WCC Championships begins Wednesday in San Diego. Seedings will be released after the weekend’s action concludes.
McKay Perry is the sports information director for BYU men's and women's tennis. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org