DENVER – No. 23 BYU-Hawaii men's tennis took a narrow 5-4 victory over Metropolitan State University of Denver on Saturday morning at the Regency Athletic Complex.
The Seasiders (10-4) top duo of Guillermo Ucelay Pueyo and Simon Guillin led off the doubles matches for BYU-Hawaii with an 8-3 victory over Roadrunners (8-14) Joey Tscherne and Brandon Nachbar. Wei-Feng Lee and Peng Dai came out on top 8-5 in a close battle with Parker Jones and Marty Lukosiunas to make it 2-0 in favor of the Seasiders.
Ibrahim Karmadzha and Colton Pate were in an evenly matched pairing with the Roadrunners' Porter Emery and Keenan Kaltenbacher. The duos traded sets until the match went to a tiebreaker. Emery and Kaltenbacher came out strong in the tiebreaker winning 9-8 (5) to send the match to singles 2-1 in favor of BYU-Hawaii.
Volodymyr Kashytski was unable to continue and battle off the illness he'd struggled throughout the week, retiring early in a 6-1, 2-0 loss to Nachbar to tie the match. Lee won back the edge for the Seasiders with a dominating performance in No. 4 singles to top Emery 6-2, 6-1. Karmadzha fell 6-3, 6-3 to Tscherne on the first court to tie the match 3-3.
BYU-Hawaii's Ucelay and Metro State's Jones traded sets to a 6-6 tie in the first set. Ucelay put together a strong game to take the tiebreaker for the 7-6 (6) set win. Ucelay continued the momentum in the second set with a strong 6-1 win to put the Seasiders within a point of victory. Calum Hayes and Guillin battled in a similar match at No. 5 singles with Hayes taking the first set 7-6 (4) followed by a 6-2 victory in the second set for the Roadrunners.
With the match on the line, BYU-Hawaii's Dai met Metro State's Lukosiunas at No. 6 singles. Dai was victorious in the first set 6-2, but Lukosiunas met the challenge with a 7-6 (5) win in the second set. Dai rose to the moment for the Seasiders with a commanding 6-3 victory to seal the victory for his team.
BYU-Hawaii will head to Surprise, Arizona, for the PacWest Tennis Championships next week beginning on Wednesday. Seeding and opponent will be announced on Sunday.