May 3, 2003
LAIE, Hawaii - The top-ranked Brigham Young University Hawaii men's tennis team had to rely on its depth to escape with a 5-2 win over No.5 UC Davis in the NCAA Division II Men's West Regional final on Saturday.
With the loss the Aggies see their season come to an end with a 6-13 record and a third straight appearance in the NCAA championships.
Daouda Ndiaye and Eddie Merc stepped in for the Seasiders, who were missing two players, to capture three of the team's five wins. Ndiaye and Merc teamed up for the first time this season to play in the third doubles spot. After falling behind 3-0, the duo rallied back for an 8-5 victory over Blake Roberts and Eric Holmes, the Seasiders' only win in doubles play. In the top doubles position Jan Krejci and Peter Madarassy jumped out to a 6-3 lead before falling apart and allowing Greg Lee and Paul Dilloway to win the next five games and the match.
BYU-Hawaii's number two doubles team of Hong Tae Kim and Jong Woong Yoon was not able to play today, forcing Wen-Lung Chang and Leon So'onalole to move up to No.2 doubles where they faced Ross Barasch and Kyle Trinosky. The Aggie duo came away with the 8-6 victory, giving UC Davis a 2-1 lead heading into singles play.
The Seasiders also had to shuffle their singles lineup, putting Ndiaye, who had only played nine matches for the team this season, in the third singles position. Chang moved up to the fourth spot and evened the score at 2-2 with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Ross Barasch. Merc and So'onalole provided the next points for the Seasiders as they defeated their opponents 6-2, 6-0 in the fifth and sixth spots, respectively.
At No.1 singles, Lee, the nation's 11th-ranked player, captured the first set off No.1 Krejci, 7-5, to keep the Aggies' hopes alive. But Ndiaye defeated Roberts 6-3, 6-4 to secure the victory for the Seasiders. The final match remaining had Madarassy leading Dilloway, 6-3, 5-3 at No.2 singles.
BYU Hawaii advances to the NCAA Finals in hopes of defending the national title it won last year.
UC DAVIS MEN'S TENNIS
No.1 BYU-Hawaii 5 def. No.5 UC Davis 2
NCAA Division II West Regional
May 3, 2003
At Laie, Hawaii
No.1 Greg Lee/Paul Dilloway (UCD) def. Peter Madarassy/Jan Krejci (BYUH) 8-6
No.2 Ross Barasch/Kyle Trinosky (UCD) def. Wen-Lung Chang/Leon So'onalole (BYUH) 8-6
No.3 Eddie Merc/Daouda Ndiaye (BYUH) def. Blake Roberts/Eric Holmes (UCD) 8-5
No.1 Greg Lee (UCD) led Jan Krejci (BYUH) 7-5, DNF
No.2 Peter Madarassy (BYUH) led Paul Dilloway (UCD) 6-3, 5-3, DNF
No.3 Daouda Ndiaye (BYUH) def. Blake Roberts (UCD) 6-3, 6-4
No.4 Wen-Lung Chang (BYUH) def. Ross Barasch (UCD) 6-1, 6-0
No.5 Leon So'onalole (BYUH) def. Kyle Trinosky (UCD) 6-2, 6-0
No.6 Eddie Merc (BYUH) def. Eric Holmes (UCD) 6-2, 6-0