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BYU tennis: Cougars fall to No. 64 Denver at home

BYU men’s tennis (7-4, 1-0) dropped its home match to No. 64 Denver (4-4) on Friday night in Provo, 4-1.

“I don’t think we ever had the energy we needed tonight,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “We let six break points in doubles slip away and had chances in singles, but couldn’t capitalize.”

The Pioneers got on the board first after capturing the doubles point. Jacob Sullivan and David Ball fell to Henry Craig and Jesse Ruder-Hook, 6-3, to begin the match. Shortly after, Denver’s David Fox and Alex Gasson clinched the point by beating Francis Sargeant and Andrey Goryachkov, 6-3. Robin Pfister and Jeremy Bourgeois were down 4-3 when their match was called.

The Cougars looked poised to bounce back in singles when Sargeant quickly took his first set, 6-1, over No. 64 ranked Craig, but Craig battled back to take the matchup in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Freshmen Ball and Shane Monroe each fell in straight sets to Yannik James (6-4, 6-2) and Diogo Rocha (7-5, 7-5) as the Pioneers clinched the match.

Goryachkov earned the Cougars lone point by coming back in three sets against Gasson to win, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Sullivan was up a set (6-3) on Zach Fryer when it was called, while Bourgeois was down against Fox, 7-5, 4-3.

“Today was disappointing,” Pearce said. “We will regroup tonight and be ready for Iowa tomorrow. We are hoping for a good turnout.”

BYU is back on the court Saturday at 1:00 p.m. MST. Live video and stats are available on the BYU men’s tennis schedule page.