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BYU tennis: No. 55 Cougars fall to No. 6 Bruins

Despite strong singles efforts from Aidan Carrazedo and Shane Monroe, the BYU men’s tennis team lost 7-0 to the No. 6-ranked UCLA Bruins on Thursday.

"UCLA is one of the best teams in the country," BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. "It's always a difficult transition to go from Provo to Los Angeles, but overall, I was pleased with our performance. We competed well and had the right mindset, especially in our doubles play. Some matches were closer than others, but I thought all of our players went out with a great mentality today."

BYU (11-3, 2-0 WCC) dropped the doubles point for only the fourth time this year. In the No. 1 doubles spot, juniors Carrazedo and Jeremy Bourgeois lost to UCLA’s Joseph Di Giulio and Karue Sell, 3-6. Shortly after, the Cougar duo of Keaton Cullimore and Andrey Goryachkov lost to the Bruin’s No. 3 doubles team of Gage Brymer and Austin Rapp, 3-6. John Pearce and Jacob Sullivan were leading UCLA’s Maxime Cressy and Martin Redlicki, 6-5, before their match was called, as the Bruins had already claimed the doubles point.

UCLA (11-2, 0-0 Pac-12) took its momentum from doubles play into singles play. In the No. 4 singles spot, Logan Stagges defeated Pearce, 6-1, 6-2, to claim the second point of the match for the Bruins, and Di Giulio defeated Bourgeois, 6-1, 6-3, for the third point. No. 93 Sell defeated Goryachkov, 6-2, 6-4, to secure the victory for the Bruins.

Redlicki, who is ranked No. 57 nationally, defeated Monroe, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), and Cullimore lost to No. 72 Brymer, 5-7, 6-2. Carrazedo won the first set against Ryoto Tachi but lost the match in three sets, 6-1, 2-6, 3-6.

BYU returns home for two matches next weekend. The Cougars face LMU in a WCC matchup Friday, March 18, at 2 p.m. MST, and UNLV on Saturday, March 19, at 12 p.m. MST. Admission is free.

Michelle Wood is a public relations student at Brigham Young University with a dream of making it to the Super Bowl one day. While she isn't studying for tests and classes, you can find her in the offices of BYU Athletics, working on media relations.