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BYU men's tennis: Cougars fall to Iowa in thriller

Aidan Carrazedo, Andrey Goryachkov and Juan Canales had big days for BYU men’s tennis, but the Cougars fell in a close match to Iowa, 4-3, on Saturday in Provo.

“Today was a tough loss, but I have to give credit to our guys for battling,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “We played eight guys tonight and I thought their preparation was good. Aidan stepped up to help secure the doubles point and Andrey and Juan both played huge for us in singles.”

The Cougars got on the board first by securing the doubles point. Goryachkov and Jacob Sullivan were the first duo off the court after beating Matt Hagan and Dominic Patrick of Iowa, 6-3. Carrazedo and Robin Pfister followed quickly with another 6-3 victory over Lefteris Theodorou and Stieg Martens.

Goryachkov was first off the court again in singles, giving BYU a 2-0 lead by beating Patrick, 6-1, 6-2. Iowa stormed back to take the next three matches and seize a 3-2 lead in the match. David Ball fell to Martens (6-2, 6-4), Shane Monroe lost in three sets (2-6, 6-4, 6-4) to Theodorou and Francis Sargeant also dropped his match in three sets against No. 98 ranked Hagan (6-3, 5-7, 6-3).

Canales evened the score for the Cougars at three with a dominating 6-4, 6-2 win over Jake Jocoby, but the match came down to the final matchup of the day between Iowa’s Josh Silverstein and Sullivan. Silverstein won a back-and-forth three-set thriller, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

“We didn’t lose because of lack of desire or will,” Pearce said. “We just need to get better. We will work hard and these kinds of matches will begin to go our way.”

BYU is back in action Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 and Feb. 28, in Boise, Idaho, against the University of Pennsylvania and Boise State, respectively.