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BYU tennis: Three matches beginning Friday on tap for BYU men's tennis

BYU men’s tennis hosts West Coast Conference foe Gonzaga on Friday, is at No. 33 Utah on Saturday and returns home to host UNLV on Monday afternoon.

BYU (12-2, 2-0 WCC) faces conference opponent Gonzaga at 1 p.m. MST, at the Indoor Tennis Courts. The Cougars are at No. 33 Utah on Saturday at 2 p.m., at the Eccles Tennis Center. After Saturday's match in Salt Lake City, BYU returns home to battle UNLV on Monday at 1 p.m., at the Indoor Tennis Courts.

The Cougars are coming off a big weekend in Indian Wells, California, competing in the BNP Open Collegiate Tennis Challenge presented by Oracle. After dropping its first match in a close defeat against Tulsa, BYU bounced back and earned a 4-1 victory over SMU.

Freshman Ben Gajardo is undefeated (12-0) in No. 5 singles and teammate Sam Tullis is on a 6-0 winning streak for singles at the No. 4 spot. Doubles duo Sean Hill and Jeffrey Hsu remain undefeated in No. 1 doubles (8-0).

Gonzaga

The Zags (7-4, 0-1 WCC) are also coming off a 1-1 split. Gonzaga fell to UC Irvine but returned home and beat Yale, 5-2. The Zags opened conference play last month against Portland with a 4-0 loss. BYU has defeated Gonzaga the last two years with the same 4-0 score.

No. 33 Utah

The Utes (16-2) had a bye last week but earned a 4-3 win over UNLV the previous week. BYU’s Hill defeated No. 1 seed Dan Little of Utah in the ITA Mountain Regional tournament in October in the Round of 16. Last year, the Utes beat the Cougars, 4-2, and are tied in the all-time series, 3-3.

UNLV

The Rebels (8-5) defeated Marquette, 5-2, last weekend. No. 89 Alexandr Cozbinov plays in the No. 1 singles slot for UNLV. He is 9-2 this season and had a big win over Martin Redlicki from No. 7 UCLA. The Cougars lost to the Rebels, 4-1, last year but won the three previous meetings.

Admission to the home matches is free and pizza will be provided for the fans. Links to live stats and a video stream can be found on the men’s schedule page.

Genny Hickman is a PR student at Brigham Young University. She currently interns with the Athletic Communications office on campus.

EMAIL: gennyhickman@gmail.com