MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's men's tennis team won an exciting doubles point on Friday against BYU, but eventually fell to the visiting Cougars by a score of 5-2. Maxime Olivan highlighted the day for the Gaels and earned the biggest win of his career by upsetting the No. 45-ranked player in the country.
Saint Mary's falls to 4-12 overall and 0-4 in WCC play, while BYU improved to 10-6 this season and 1-1 in conference action.
The Gaels earned the first point of the day by winning on two of three doubles courts. After BYU won on court one, Sherif Hamdy and Seif El Sherbini earned an 8-6 win on court three over Keaton Cullimore and Michael Eraso. Saad Benkirane and Olivan claimed the point for SMC and improved to 7-2 this season, defeating Spencer Smith and Francis Sargeant, 9-7.
The Cougars stormed back in singles play and won on five-of-six courts to earn the 5-2 win. Highlighting the day for Saint Mary's was Maxime Olivan on court one. Olivan earned the biggest win of his career by defeating BYU's No. 45 Georgy Batrakov, 7-6, 2-6, 6-2.
The Gaels will return to action next week with three home matches. SMC will take on Montana (April 3) and Oregon (April 5) before hosting perennial WCC favorite Pepperdine on April 7.