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Cougars sweep tripleheader 21-0

PROVO — The BYU men’s tennis team swept three schools in its first-ever triple-header 21-0 Friday, against Montana State, Missouri-Kansas City and Nebraska-Omaha.

“This was the first tripleheader in the history of our program,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “To do what we did today — not dropping one match — was an absolutely incredible physical, mental and emotional achievement. I couldn’t be more proud.”

Montana State Bobcats

The Cougars started off the day with a quick 3-0 lead over the Bobcats after locking up the doubles point and fast wins from Jacob Sullivan and Shane Monroe, who each won both their sets 6-2, beating Harry James and Andre Napoliatano respectively

The rest of the match went slowly but went the Cougars’ way as Juan Canales took both sets from Kellen Bates 6-4, 6-1, while Jeremy Bourgeois overcame Niklas Brandes 6-7, 6-3 (6-0) and David Ball beat Javier Morillas 7-6, 4-6 (7-5).

Victor Brown and Dylan Harvala tied with one set apiece 3-6, 6-3. Since the match had already been called, they elected to finish with a 10-point tiebreaker set. Brown’s 10-8 victory clinched a 7-0 sweep for BYU.

University of Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos

A 7-0 sweep over the Roos began with a dramatic doubles round. Robin Pfister and Bourgeois knocked out Mike Psarros and Airam Costellano 7-5 while Aidan Carrazedo and Juan Canales fell in a 7-point tiebreaker to Conner Edwards and Amaury Navette. Ball and Sullivan fared better in their own 7-point tiebreaker over Andrey Smirnov and Uldis Gaismins, clinching the doubles point for BYU.

From there the Cougars dominated. Ball easily took down Psarros 6-1, 6-2, and Monroe beat Costellano 6-4, 6-2. Bourgeois was right behind them with hard-fought victories over Smirnov 6-4, 7-6, taking the match for the Cougars.

Sullivan came back from split sets with Gaismins 6-3, 3-6 to come out ahead with an easy 6-1 win. With the match called at 5-0, Carrazedo gave a one-set hammering to Navette 6-0. Canales finished with a one-set victory of his own, but only after 7-4 tiebreak game following a 7-6 set over Edwards.

University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks

The Cougars took an easy doubles point from the Mavericks, winning every set, beginning with Ball and Sullivan, who smashed Ignace Warson and Erik Anderson 6-1. Canales and Carrazedo beat Marko Minic and John Ellis 6-3 and the Pfister/Bourgeois duo took their set with a 6-4 win over Colin Buckley and Nathan Greteman.

Singles play followed suit, with BYU winning every set. Monroe was the first to finish, posting an incredible 6-0, 6-0 victory over Buckley without losing a single game.

Bourgeois was next to end his day with an impressive 6-2, 6-1 win over Anderson, followed closely by Ball, who defeated Ellis 6-1, 6-2, putting the match to bed with an initial 4-0 clinch. Sullivan also won both his sets against James McManus with repeat 6-3 sets.

Canales and Carrazedo, beating Minic and Warson respectively with 6-2 and 6-0 wins, rounded out a perfect day for the Cougars with a final 7-0 sweep.

“It’s one thing to get through a tripleheader — to survive, to be standing — it’s another thing to not drop a single match; 21-0, back-to-back-to-back: it’s an absolutely incredible achievement,” Pearce said.

“What these guys accomplished and how they came together was a defining moment for this season. We’re certainly going to build off this achievement.”

BYU will take on Saint Mary’s on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 5:30 p.m. MST in the indoor tennis courts and then head to Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 7.

Joe Moxon is sports information director for BYU Athletic Communications