SURPRISE, Ariz. – No. 17 BYU-Hawaii men's tennis was defeated 5-4 by No. 11 Azusa Pacific in the semifinals of the PacWest Championship Tournament on Friday afternoon at the Surprise Tennis Complex.
No. 15 doubles partners Jan Meyer and Gary Yam from Azusa Pacific (20-3) overcame No. 20 doubles Yevhen Zakharov and Martin Chojnacki in an 8-3 competition. Wei-Feng Lee and Peng Dai defeated Pascal Engel and Ben Eger 8-5. Colton Pate and Ibrahim Karmadzhe's 8-6 win over Shepherd Newcomb and Alan Leahy put BYU-Hawaii (15-9) ahead.
No. 39 Chojnacki fell 6-3, 6-0 to No. 1 Meyer on the first singles court. Lee put up a fight, but lost a 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 battle to Yam. Taylor De Hoyas' 6-0, 6-2 defeat by Leahy gave the Cougars control of the match. Zakharov overcame Eger 6-3, 6-3. Dai's 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 comeback over Tomas Aranguiz tied the match 4-4. The deciding match came down to Karmadzhe on court three, but Azusa took the win with Engel's 7-5, 6-3 victory.
The Seasiders will take on Point Loma in the third place game tomorrow at 9 a.m. MST at the Surprise Tennis Complex.