SURPRISE, Ariz. – No. 23 BYU-Hawaii men's tennis team was able to hold off any late charge by Holy Names for the 5-2 match victory in the quarterfinals of the PacWest Championships.
Simon Guillin and Guillermo Ucelay Pueyo overcame their oponents Matthew Halligan and Hugo Colpart traded points for most of the set with Halligan and Colpart holding a slim 6-5 lead for the Hawks (10-11) late in the match. Guillin and Ucelay closed out strong, taking the final three sets for an 8-6 victory for the Seasiders (11-4). Double partners Peng Dai and Wei-Feng Lee defeated their Hawk opponents Andrew Amor and Adam Duong in an 8-4 match in No. 2 doubles to extend the lead.
The third court was tight between Ibrahim Karmadzhe and Colton Pate of BYU-Hawaii and Ivan Parra and Bernardo Moraes. The duos battled to an 8-8 tie, but the Hawks won the tiebreaker 7-5 for the 9-8 victory.
Needing three matches for the team victory, Dai finished first with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over the Hawks' Jonah Tahilan at No. 6 singles. Holy Names' Amor made it 3-2 after defeating Volodymyr Kashytski in a 6-0, 6-3 match.
Lee overcame a slow start against Bernardo Moraes to win 6-4, 6-3 and put the Seasiders one point from the victory. Ucelay took the first set at No. 3 singles 6-2 over Halligan. Halligan answered with a strong 6-3 victory in the second set to set up a winner-take-all third set. Ucelay responded to the challenge with a resounding 6-1 victory to take the match and give his team the victory.
BYU-Hawaii takes on No. 1 Hawaii Pacific in the semifinals tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. MST. Live stats will be available online.