AIKEN, S.C. – No. 27 BYU-Hawaii bounced back after back-to-back losses with a 5-4 victory Wednesday over No. 33 USC Aiken at the USC Aiken Tennis Complex.
With the victory BYU-Hawaii head coach David Porter moved surpassed the 1,400-win mark, currently holding a career record of 1,401-183 combined between his time at the head of the men's and women's tennis programs.
Ibrahim Karmadhza and Ian Galli took down the Pacers' (6-5) Wojciech Adamek and Jaime Gusano 8-3 to open doubles and Sterling Galli and Chia-Hua Lu defeated Mathias Degardin and Julien Tan 8-6 to give BYU-Hawaii (15-4) the early lead. The Pacers were able to get on the board as Antonio Sabugueiro and Tales Silva held off Guillermo Ucelay and Simon Guillin 9-7 on the second court.
Silva took down Guillin 6-3, 6-0 and Alvaro Garcia Gil defeated Tsu-Ping Kuang 6-3, 7-5 on the sixth court to give the Pacers the 3-2 match lead. Lu defeated Adamek 6-3, 6-4 on the fourth court to tie the match, but Degardin took down S. Galli to retake the one match advantage.
Karmadhza defeated Tan 6-4, 6-3 to tie the match at 4-4 to set up a winner take all match on court two. Ucelay fell 6-4 to Sabugueiro in the first set, but overcame a late deficit in the second for a 7-5 win to send it to the third. The players battled to a 6 all tie to send the match to tiebreakers. Ucelay fought off four match points to come back and secure a 7-6 set three victory and give the Seasiders the 5-4 team win.
BYU-Hawaii will continue its road trip against Augusta at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday at the Newman Tennis Center in Augusta, Ga.