LAIE, Hawaii (April 17, 2014) - The fourth-seed BYU-Hawaii men's tennis team defeated five-seed Sonoma State 5-1 in the first round of the Pacific West Conference Tennis Championships on Thursday afternoon.
No. 21 BYU-Hawaii (12-5) topped Sonoma State in the first two doubles matches to go up 2-0 in the match.
First doubles players Yevhen Zakharov and Martin Chojnacki won 8-3 and second doubles pairing Wei-Feng Lee and Pend Dai picked up an 8-5 win. In No. 3 doubles, Ibrahim Karmadzhe and Taylor De Hoyas came up short in a tough 9-7 loss.
The Seasiders got back in the win column with the start of singles play. In No. 5 singles, Dai earned a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Lee won third singles 6-1, 6-1 to make it 4-1 and put BYU-Hawaii in a position to take the match.
Chojnacki upended Phillip Holbrook in a second-set tie breaker, winning 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) at No. 2, giving the Seasiders a 5-1 win.
BYU-Hawaii will play top seeded Hawaii Pacific tomorrow.