KAILUA KONA, Hawaii – No. 26 BYU-Hawaii men's tennis nearly pulled off the sweep of Sonoma State, winning 8-1 in its second match at the Holua Tennis Center.
Ibrahim Karmadzha and Ian Galli gave the Seasiders (2-0) their first point of the day with an 8-2 victory in doubles over Nicky Valdecanas and Mitchel Heckman. Guillermo Ucelay Pueyo and Simon Guillin added an 8-6 victory on the second court to make it 2-0. Chia Hua Lu and Sterling Galli were locked into a tight contest with the Seawolves' (0-1) Max Nudell and Alec Wong, but were unable to get the break they needed and fell 8-6.
BYU-Hawaii followed by taking every court in singles. Galli defeated Nudell 6-1, 6-2 on court one for his first victory of the year and Ucelay took court two 6-1, 6-2 for the Seasiders.
Lu then added a point on the fifth court with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Sullivan Roche. Tsu-Ping Kuang defeated Valdecanas 6-3, 6-2 on court six and Guillin finished shortly after with the 6-3, 6-3 victory on the fourth court. Karmadzha faced the stiffest test in singles trading games with Blaine Mengert in the first set until winning the tiebreaker for a 7-6 (4) first set victory. Karmadzha then used the momentum to take the second set 6-3 for the Seasiders.
BYU-Hawaii returns to the court to take on No. 13 UC San Diego Friday at the Holua Tennis Center at 10 a.m. HST.