AZUSA, Calif. – No. 21 BYU-Hawaii men's tennis fell 5-4 to No. 17 Azusa Pacific on Wednesday.
It was a rough start for BYU-Hawaii's (5-3) Peng Dai and Wei-Feng Lee after they found themselves in an early 5-1 hole to Azusa Pacific's (10-3) Marnix Pluim and Pascal Engel. Dai and Lee regrouped and took seven of the next eight sets to give the Seasiders the first point of the match with the 8-6 victory.
The Cougars' Jan Meyer and Olger Van Gent avenged the loss with a comeback of their own. BYU-Hawaii's Guillermo Ucelay Pueyo and Simon Guillin held an early 5-0 advantage, but Meyer and Van Gent took the next eight sets for an 8-6 win to tie the match at 1. Colton Pate and Ibrahim Karmadzhe lost an 8-4 match to Christian Schmid and Shepherd Newcomb to finish doubles play with Azusa Pacific leading 2-1.
On the first singles court, Karmadzhe dropped a 6-2, 6-0 competition to No. 1 Meyer. Volodymyr Kashytski fell 6-1, 6-1 to Schmid, while Alan Leahy defeated Lee 6-0, 6-4 to give the Cougars the wins on the first three courts and the match victory.
After a strong start from Ucelay gave him the 6-3 victory, Engel stole a 7-5 win in the second set to send it to a super tiebreaker. Ucelay focused himself to take a decisive 10-6 win in the tiebreaker and give the Seasiders their first singles win on court four. Guillin finished next with 6-3, 6-3 win over Newcomb and Dai gave BYU-Hawaii another point with his 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 victory.
The Seasiders will play Holy Names on Friday at Azusa at 8:30 a.m. PDT.