Seasiders edge Hawks

Seasiders edge Hawks

AZUSA, Calif. – No. 21 BYU-Hawaii men's tennis ended its Southern California road trip with a 5-4 victory over No. 34 Holy Names at the Cougar Tennis Complex.

"It was another close match for us," BYU-Hawaii head coach David Porter said. "This was a fourth 5-4 decision in a row and I don't know if this has ever happened in our history. I am glad we pulled it off and now we will get a few weeks to rest."

Wei-Feng Lee and Peng Dai gave the Seasiders (6-3) the first point of the match taking an 8-4 match over Adam Duong and Andrew Amor. Matt Hailigan and Hugo Colpart evened the match for the Hawks (5-8) with an 8-5 win in No. 1 doubles over Guillermo Ucelay Pueyo and Simon Guillin. Ibrahim Karmadzha and Colton Pate finished strong for BYU-Hawaii with an 8-4 victory over Bernardo Moraes and Jonah Tahilan to give the Seasiders the 2-1 lead heading to singles.

Amor tied the match for Holy Names defeating Volodymyr Kashytski 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles. Lee answered with a 6-2, 6-0 win for BYU-Hawaii in No. 4 singles.  Dai put the Seasiders within a point of the match also winning a 6-2, 6-0 win over Tahilan.

Hailigan and Ucelay locked in a tight battle in No. 3 singles with Hailgan taking the first set 6-3. Ucelay answered edging out a 6-4 victory in the second set, but Hailigan took the match with a 6-2 win in the third set. Colpart evened the match for the Hawks taking an equally close match 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 over Karmadzha.

Guillin and Moraes battled with the result of the match on the line in No. 5 singles. After Guillin took the first set 6-3, the players traded games with Guillin holding advantage, but Moraes got several clutch shots to take the 7-5 victory to send it to a third and final set. With the match on the line, Guillin stepped up to the challenge to take a commanding 6-2 set victory to give BYU-Hawaii the match.

The Seasiders will return to the court Monday, April 4 against Colorado Christian at 4 p.m. MDT.

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