The University of Utah men’s tennis team (7-5) is preparing to duel with rival BYU (7-7, 1-0 WCC) Friday in Provo, UT at 5:30 pm M.T. Last weekend, the Utes lost two tight matches to ranked opponents, No. 44 Penn and No. 72 Boise State.
“Regardless of records or rankings, rivalry matches are always something special,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “I don’t think we’ve beaten BYU in Provo since 2008. It’s a tough place to play and we will have to play our best tennis to come up with a win.”
Last year, the Utes edged the 70th ranked Cougars at the Eccles Tennis Center, 5-2. Utah cruised to a 1-0 lead after taking the doubles point and maintained the momentum with singles victories from the Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 6 positions.
BYU has lost its last five matches, most recently dropping a 4-1 decision to Boise State on the road. The Cougars have a 6-3 home record this season. Since 1999, the Utes are 3-6 against the Cougars in Provo.