BYU men’s tennis opens regular season play against UNC-Wilmington and Florida Gulf Coast University at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida.
The Cougars face off against UNC-Wilmington on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. EST, and Florida Gulf Coast University on Monday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m.
“We are starting off the season strong with an exciting trip to the new USTA National Campus, which is home to American tennis,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “They have an incredible facility with 100 courts and a 12-court collegiate stadium. We are not easing into things with the tough competition the two teams will bring.”
BYU is coming off a successful fall preseason after competing in the Mountain Regional Tournament and the Southern California Intercollegiate. Senior John Pearce leads the Cougars with experience and match wins. Junior Jeffrey Hsu and sophomore Sean Hill transferred to BYU this season and will be strong assets to the team. Sophomore Sam Tullis and junior Matthew Pearce return, adding depth to the lineup.
Both UNC-Wilmington and Florida Gulf Coast University are opening the regular season with BYU in Florida.
All nine players on the roster returned from last season, bringing depth and experience to the lineup. The Cougars topped the Seahawks, 6-0, in March 2011.
Florida Gulf Coast University
Six players returned this season. Two freshman and two transfer players solidify the Eagle lineup. BYU and Florida Gulf Coast University have never played each other.
Genny Hickman is a PR student at Brigham Young University. She currently interns with the Athletic Communications office on campus.