PROVO, Utah - The No. 52 University of Denver men's tennis team fell to No. 50 Brigham Young University, 5-1 in Provo, Utah, on Saturday.
The Pioneers battled the BYU Cougars in doubles play, but were unable to take the early 1-0 lead. Senior Jens Vorkefeld (Ostercappeln, Germany) and his partner Henry Craig defeated Travis Fillmore and Spencer Smith, 8-5. In No. 3 doubles, junior Alex Clinkenbeard (Loveland, Colo.) and sophomore Luke Manley (Edmonton, Alberta) fell to Keaton Cullimore and John Pearce, 8-7 (7).
In singles play, the Pioneers were unable to gain the edge. However, Craig claimed a three-set victory over BYU's Cullimore, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5) to cap off an impressive weekend.
The Pioneers return home for their next match on Friday, Feb. 22 against Northwestern at CAC Inverness. The match starts at 4 p.m. (MT).
No. 74 Patrick Kawaka (BYU) def. No. 47 Enej Bonin (DEN) 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-0
Spencer Smith (BYU) def. Jens Vorkefeld (DEN) 6-4, 7-6 (4)
Francis Sargeants (BYU) def. Max Krammer (DEN) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
Henry Craig (DEN) def. Keaton Cullimore (BYU) 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5)
Andrey Goryachkov (BYU) vs. Alex Clinkenbeard (DEN) DNF 3-2
John Pearce (BYU) def. Luke Manley (DEN) 2-1 (Ret.)
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3, 4, 6
No. 59 Kawaka/Sargeant (BYU) def. No. 43 Bonin/Krammer (DEN) 8-5
Vorkefeld/Craig (DEN) def. Fillmore/Smith (BYU) 8-5
Cullimore/Pearce (BYU) def. Clinkenbeard/Manley (DEN) 8-7 (7)
Order of finish: 1,2,3
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