Falcons Upset 49th-Ranked BYU. 4-3
Jan. 31, 2014
The Air Force men’s tennis team posted its first victory over a nationally-ranked team in nearly nine years with a 4-3 win over 49th-ranked BYU Friday morning at the Academy. The last time an AFA team beat a ranked team was on Feb. 4, 2005, a 4-3 win over 55th-ranked Nebraska. The Falcons then dropped a 7-0 decision to 54th-ranked Denver later in the afternoon in Denver.
Sophomore Andrew Parks clinched the morning match for Air Force, saving a match point to defeat Aidan Carrezedo, 3-6, 6-5(3), 6-5(5) at the No. 6 spot in the final match. Carrezedo served for the match at 5-4 in the third set and held a match point in that game but Parks rallied and captured the third-set tiebreaker 7-5.
The Falcons jumped out to a 1-0 lead when senior Alex Grubbs and sophomore Jack McCullers won the No. 2 doubles match, 6-5(4), over Andrey Goryachkov and Jeremy Bourgeois after the teams had split the first two doubles matches off the court.
BYU (4-3), which had won 38 consecutive matches against Mountain region opponents, took a 2-1 lead with wins at the Nos. 1 and 3 spots. Grubbs evened the match with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 triumph over Bourgeois. Goryachkov gave the Cougars a 3-2 lead by snaking past Air Force senior Steven Young, 2-6, 6-3, 6-5(4) at No. 2, then Falcon junior Grant Taylor beat Matthew Pearce, 6-4, 6-4 at the No. 5 spot to set up Parks’ heroics.
In the nightcap, Denver won two of the three doubles matches and swept all six singles contests. Taylor and freshman Lucas Fumagalli won the No. 3 doubles match 6-5(7) over Eric Marbach and Fabio Biasion, while Grubbs lost to Yannik James, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 at the No. 3 spot in the only singles match that went three sets.