Seasiders hold off late Vulcan rally

Tsu-Ping Kuang readies to return a serve against Dillon Lam of Hawaii Hilo.
Tsu-Ping Kuang readies to return a serve against Dillon Lam of Hawaii Hilo.

LAIE, Hawaii – No. 26 BYU-Hawaii men's tennis held on late for a 6-3 victory Monday over Hawaii Hilo at the BYU-Hawaii Tennis Courts.

Stefan Coney and Daniel Tada of Hawaii Hilo (4-5) opened the match with an 8-0 victory in No. 3 doubles for an early lead. Simon Guillin and Guillermo Ucelay leveled the match for the Seasiders (7-3) with an 8-3 victory over Bruno Figlia and Alex Fillat Perez 8-3. Sterling Galli and Chia-Hua Lu defeated their Hawaii Hilo opponents, Vaclav Slezak and Gergory Zukeran, 8-3 on court one to give the Seasiders the 2-1 lead going into singles play.

In the first court, Slezak defeated Galli 6-1, 6-0 to even things up for the Vulcans, but Ucelay took the lead back for BYU-Hawaii defeating Perez 6-0, 6-1 in the next court. Zukeran tied things up again taking the 6-3, 6-3 win over Ibrahim Karmadzha in the third court.

BYU-Hawaii's Lu was victorious over Coney 6-4, 6-3 on the fourth court to give the Seasiders the lead for good. Tsu-Ping Kuang defeated Dillion Lam each held serve to a 4-4 tie in the frist, but Kuang broke for the 6-4 victory. In the second set, the players traded games to a 5-5 tie before Lam broke and held the serve to win 7-5. In the final set, Kuang broke serve to take the 3-1 lead and then held off Lam for the 6-3 victory to take the match.

The final match between Guillin and Ryuta Ogawa was just as close with Ogawa taking the first set 7-6 after a 7-3 win in the tiebreaker. Guillin caught fire in the second set for a commanding 6-2 win and maintained the momentum for a 6-3 win in the third for the match.

BYU-Hawaii will face Hawaii Hilo again Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.

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