Top-Seeded BYU Defeats No. 5 San Diego State to Advance to Mountain West Men's Tennis Championship Match
April 29, 2011
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
The top-seeded and 36th-ranked BYU men's tennis team defeated fifth-seeded San Diego State, 4-1, on Friday evening to advance to the Mountain West Men's Tournament championship match.
The Cougars earned the doubles point with a narrow win at the top of the lineup. The Aztec tandem of Giovanni Vaglietti and Jose Sierra Short defeated Spencer Smith and Roman Waria (8-3) at No. 3, but BYU answered back with a victory by Evan Urbina and Patrick Kawka (8-5) at the No. 2 spot. In the deciding doubles match, Tim Schulz van Endert and Javier Pulgar netter a tiebreaker victory over Thomas Shubert and Georgy Batrakov 9-8 (6) to secure the first point of the dual for the Cougars.
Batrakov notched a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Pulgar at the No. 2 position to give BYU a 2-0 advantage. Moments later, Kawka, the MW Freshman of the Year award recipient, put the Cougars ahead 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles, but Vaglietti responded by downing Urbina at the No. 1 position, 6-2, 7-6 (4), to give the Aztecs their first point of the match.
BYU's Spencer Smith notched a come-from-behind win over Andre Feliz (2-6, 6-1, 6-2) at the third singles position to secure the match in the Cougars' favor.
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#5 San Diego State Aztecs vs #1 BYU Cougars