Seasiders overpower Kingsmen

Ibrahim Karmadzha readies for a return at the 2016 PacWest Championships.
Ibrahim Karmadzha readies for a return at the 2016 PacWest Championships.

LAIE, Hawaii – No. 26 BYU-Hawaii men's tennis ended its home stand with a 7-2 win over Cal Lutheran Tuesday at the BYU-Hawaii Tennis Courts.

Ibrahim Karmadzha and Ian Galli gave the Seasiders (13-3) the first point of doubles with an 8-3 victory, but Dara Kashani and Ransom Braaten evened the match for the Kingsmen (3-11) with an 8-5 win on the first court.

Simon Guillin and Guillermo Ucelay Pueyo traded games with Jake Haffner and Lucas Tilly of Cal Lutheran to send the game into a tie breaker for the final doubles point. Ucelay and Guillin grabbed the momentum for a 7-4 victory in the tiebreaker for the 9-8 match win to give the Seasiders a 2-1 lead.

Sterling Galli was awarded the first point of singles after Braaten retired early with an injury. Hua Chia Lu added a 6-1, 6-0 decision to put the Seasiders within a point of victory and Guillin sealed it with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Mike Sulahian.

The remaining singles all split the first two sets and went into tiebreakers. Austin Wong won a 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (11) decision on the sixth court for Cal Lutheran's only other point of the match. Ucelay bounced back from a close defeat in the first set for a strong 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (5) win on court two.

Karmadzha won the final match of the day 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (5) for the Seasiders.

BYU-Hawaii will travel to Huntsville, Alabama, to take on Alabama A&M at 1 p.m. EDT Saturday.

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