Seasiders hold on for victory over Eagles

Seasiders hold on for victory over Eagles

COSTA MESA, Calif. – No. 21 BYU-Hawaii men's tennis came out on top in a close 5-4 match over Concordia Irvine on Monday at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center.

Wei-Feng Lee and Peng Dai, playing No. 2 doubles, put the Seasiders (5-1) on the scoreboard first with a decisive 8-1 victory over Man Hon Ko and Santiago Sanchez.

Guillermo Ucelay Pueyo and Simon Guillin closed out a tight match with the Eagles' (3-8) Till Guttenberger and Daniel Reddmann a half-hour later with an 8-6 victory. Guillin's theatrical volley that bounced over the net and came back on the Seasiders side of the court was the match point that gave the Seasiders a 2-0 lead. 

In the final doubles match Ibrahim Karmadzha and Colton Pate came up short in a tiebreak losing 9-8 to bring the team score to 2-1 for BYU-Hawaii.

Ucelay continued his strong performance in singles taking his match 6-1, 6-3 to give the Seasiders a 3-1 advantage. A few minutes later his doubles partner, Guillin, put BYU-Hawaii within a point of victory with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Reddmann. 

The Eagles were not finished yet, as Burnac overpowered Volodymyr Kashytski for the Eagles second point and Guttenberger outlasted Seasider No. 1 Karmadzha with a closely contested match that ended 7-6, 6-4 for the Eagles and brought the score to 4-3.

Dai made a valiant effort in the second set but fell short to H. Manjunath 6-3, 6-4 to knot the score at four matches each with one match remaining.

BYU-Hawaii's Lee and Concordia's Ko battled for the match and the overall win. Lee had won the first set 7-5 and was leading 5-1 in the second set when Ko fought back with a service break and a hold to close the gap to 5-3 with Lee serving for the match. Lee jumped out to 30-love score before Ko won two straight points to even the count at 30.  Lee served and the rally went back and forth for nearly 15 hits each before Ko broke a string and sent the ball flying out to give Lee a chance at match point.  Lee hit a wide serve and followed it into the net with a cross-court forehand volley for the win and a Seasider victory.

BYU-Hawaii will return to the court on Tuesday at Point Loma at 11 a.m. PDT.

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