SAN DIEGO, Calif. – No. 21 BYU-Hawaii men's tennis fell in a closely contested 5-4 match to No. 27 Point Loma on Tuesday at the Point Loma tennis courts.
Peng Dai and Wei-Feng Lee started the Seasiders (5-2) off on a winning note with an 8-4 victory over Adrian Braun and Grant Alston. The Sea Lion's (6-9) Andre Staab and Daniel Milliken evened the match with an 8-5 win over Simon Guillin and Guillermo Ucelay Pueyo. Third doubles continued as both sides broke serve at important times in the contest until PLNU's Martin Blaho and James Tenbroeck eked out a 9-7 win for a 2-1 lead going into singles.
CJ Erion gave the Sea Lions a good start downgin Guillin 6-4, 6-0 and Blaho followed with a 6-1, 6-2 victory against the Seasiders' Volodymyr Kashytski for the 4-1 team lead. Needing all the remaining matches, BYU-Hawaii battled back beginning with Ucelay's 7-5, 7-5 victory over Milliken at No. 3 singles. Dai followed by pulling out the 7-5, 6-4 win on No. 6 singles to trim the gap to 4-3. After dropping the first set, Lee came roaring back to beat Tenbroeck 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 and even the match at 4.
PLNU's top player Andre Staab lost a first set tiebreak to Seasider standout Ibrahim Karmadzha 7-6, but came back to take a narrow 6-4 victory in the second set to set up the winner-take-all final set. Although the games were close with break points and hold for both players in most games Staab held on for the 6-2 win and the Sea Lion victory.
The Seasiders will play at Azusa Pacific on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. PDT.