GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – No. 23 BYU-Hawaii men's tennis fell in a close 5-4 battle to Colorado Mesa University Wednesday at the Elliott Tennis Center.
"We didn't have enough stamina at that high of an altitude," BYU-Hawaii head coach Dave Porter said. Vlad [Volodymyr Kashytski] suffered from altitude sickness and wasn't able to play."
Guillermo Ucelay Pueyo and Simon Guillin of BYU-Hawaii (8-4) lost 8-3 in No. 1 doubles against Spencer Weinberg and Andres Garcia-Rojas. Wei-Feng Lee and Peng Dai evened the match in a strong 8-3 victory over the Mavericks' (13-9) Trevor Brown and Cody Freischlag. Max Lindqvist and Lucas Martin defeated Colton Pate and Ibrahim Karmadzha 8-4 to take the 2-1 lead heading into singles.
Guillin beat Martin 6-3 and 6-1 and Ucelay added a 6-4, 6-2 win against Colorado Mesa's Freischlag to give the Seasiders the 3-2 edge. The Mavericks' Brown evened the match edging out Colton Pate 6-4, 6-3 at No. 6 singles. Dai gave the Seasiders back the lead moments later in a narrow 7-5, 6-4 victory over Lindqvist.
Karmadzha met Weinberg in No. 1 singles and took the first set 6-4. Weinberg responded with a strong 6-1 win in the second set to extend the match. The players traded games in the third set, but Weinberg was able to break serve to take the 7-5 victory.
Lee and Garcia-Rojas decided the match in a tightly contested No. 2 singles. Garcia-Rojas took an early edge in a 6-4 win in the first set and Lee evened the match with a 7-5 win in the second set to set up the winner-take-all third set. The players continued to trade games and Garcia Rojas took the narrow 7-5 win to give the Mavericks the victory.
The Seasiders will play again Thursday against Colorado College at 2 p.m. MDT.