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BYU tennis: BYU falls to Saint Mary’s

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The BYU men’s tennis team fell behind early against Saint Mary’s, dropping a 4-3 decision in West Coast Conference action Saturday.

The Cougars (7-10, 1-1 WCC) ran into trouble early as they dropped the doubles decision to the Gaels (6-6, 1-1 WCC).

No. 2 doubles team of Sterling Galli and Francis Sargeant fell first, 8-3, against Nathan Lewis and Thomas Hunt. Doubles duo Robin Pfister and Andrey Goryachkov countered with an 8-6 victory over Joakim Norstrom and Tuomas Manner.

Third doubles team Matthew Pearce and Jacob Sullivan attempted to clinch the point but fell to their opponents, 8-6.

In singles action, captain Sargeant put BYU on the board first as he closed out Norstrom in extended straight sets, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2).

After the win at first singles the match score was at 3-1 in favor of the Gaels. Then Goryachkov fell at the second slot in two hard-fought sets, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5.

The Cougars narrowed the margin at No. 5 and 6 singles.

In the fifth slot, Matthew Pearce completed his second straight comeback win in singles. The freshman lost the first set, 5-7, before swaying the momentum in tiebreakers in the second, 7-6 (7-5). Pearce then claimed the victory in the shortened third set, 1-0 (10-4).

At sixth singles, Jacob Sullivan also won his second in a row with a three-set decision over Wil Martin, 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 1-0 (11-9).

BYU returns home for WCC matches against Loyola Marymount on Friday at 1 p.m. MDT and No. 46 Pepperdine on Saturday at 1 p.m. Live statistics will be available on the BYU athletics website.

McKay Perry is the sports information director for BYU men's and women's tennis. Contact him at tennis_sid@byu.edu