The Gonzaga University men’s tennis team fell twice this weekend to the University of San Deigo on Friday, April 2nd with a score of 3-4 and to Brigham Young University on Saturday, April 3rd with a score of 2-4.
The Bulldogs (11-7) entered Saturday’s game following a loss on Friday to the University of San Diego. Despite taking an early lead and securing the doubles point, the Zags fell in singles after several close games, ending with a final score of 3-4.
On Friday, GU opened doubles with pairs Theo McDonald and Oliver Andersson, Sasha Trkulja and Leon Roider, and Matthew Perkins with Matthew Hollingworth. McDonald and Andersson fell to San Deigo’s August Holmgren and David Norfeldt, but Trkulja and Roider quickly picked up a win for GU just after. Perkins and Hollingworth were left to decide the doubles point and took a close win with a score of 7-6.
In singles, USD’s Holgrem defeated Hollingworth 6-1, 6-4 to grab the first point. Blake Kasday (USD) quickly followed, defeating GU’s Hunter Egger 6-3, 6-2. Trkulja stole a point for GU, taking his sets at 6-4, 7-6 and tying the overall score at 2-2.
Roider fell to USD’s Nico Borter with a score of 6-4, 7-6, but Andersson quicky regained the overall tie, taking a point through three sets 6-7, 6-1, 6-4. The final singles match was left up to GU’s Pablo Gomez who battled Garrett Kurtz for three sets before falling 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, breaking the tie and giving USD the 4-3 victory.
On Saturday, BYU upheld their undefeated West Coast Conference run (4-0) despite a tough fight from the Zags. BYU’s Sean Hill and Sam Tullis stole the first doubles game from Trkulja and Roider with a score of 6-3. Closely following, Perkins and Hollingworth fell 4-6 to Mateo Melendez and Brigham Andrus, giving BYU the doubles point. BYU also held the lead 5-4 against McDonald and Andersson, before their game was cut short.
Singles play proved to be filled with vigorous and closely scored games. GU’s Andersson played a captivating game with BYU’s Tullis and stole the first point for the Zags, taking both sets 7-6, 6-2. Just behind Andersson, Trkulja dominated his game against Jack Barnett, taking straight sets 6-2, 6-4 and gaining a lead for GU leaving the overall score sitting at 2-1.
On court six, McDonald fought hard against BYU’s Leite Matheus, going into three full sets. McDonald saw a lot of support from friends and family that came to cheer him on, but ultimately lost his game scoring 3-6, 6-4, 1-6.
Close by on court five, Gomez battled it out with Melendez. After losing the first set 3-6, Gomez made a valiant effort to take the second set, but Melendez scraped by to steal the set and the win with a score of 7-6, bringing the overall score to 2-3 BYU lead.
The final point to seal BYU’s win was taken from Roider after an intense battle that drew all eyes at the end of the afternoon. Ben Gajardo stole the first set 6-3, but the second set was a tough fight between the two. Unfortunately, Roider lost the set and Gajardo won 7-6, finishing out the afternoon and cutting Hollingworth and Hill’s game short on their third set.
The Zags travel to California next for two matches, first in San Francisco at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 10th.