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No. 64 Cougars fall at No. 41 Long Beach
LONG BEACH, Calif. – No. 60 BYU women’s tennis dropped a road match 7-0 at No. 41 Long Beach State Friday in its final non-conference game of the regular season.
The Beach (15-5) got up early on the Cougars (9-12, 4-4 West Coast Conference) after winning the doubles point. BYU’s Brittanie Eraso and Nicolette Tran teamed up at No. 1 doubles but fell 6-4. Erica Valimaki and Demi Daniels lost their matchup at No. 2 doubles 6-1.
Long Beach maintained its momentum heading into singles and took the first five matchups in straight sets. Tran played her first match at No. 1 singles this season but came up short, losing to Maeva Razakasoa 6-4, 6-3. Valimaki also played in the highest position she has played all season at No. 2 singles. She lost the first set 6-0 but battled back in the second and barely lost 7-6 (7-1).
Freshman Katie Fitt played at No. 3 singles against Julie Gerard but dropped the matchup 6-1, 6-4. Eraso and Daniels rounded out the Cougar lineup but both fell to their opponents at No. 4 and 5 singles, respectively. Eraso lost 6-0, 6-0 and Daniels ended up on the losing end of a 6-2, 6-0 match.
The Cougars are back in action Saturday at San Diego for their final West Coast Conference match of the season before the conference tournament next week. Live updates are available through the schedule page.
#41 Long Beach State 7, #64 Brigham Young 0
1. Maeva Razakasoa (LBSU) def. TRAN, Nicolette (BYU) 6-4, 6-3
2. Ebba Unden (LBSU) def. VALIMAKI, Erica (BYU) 6-0, 7-6 (7-1)
3. Julie Gerard (LBSU) def. FITT, Katie (BYU) 6-1, 6-4
4. Hayley Thompson (LBSU) def. ERASO, Brittanie (BYU) 6-0, 6-0
5. Karolina Rozenberg (LBSU) def. DANIELS, Demi (BYU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Laura Eales (LBSU) by default
1. Ebba Unden/Hayley Thompson (LBSU) def. ERASO, Brittanie/TRAN, Nicolette (BYU) 6-4
2. Karolina Rozenberg/Laura Eales (LBSU) def. VALIMAKI, Erica/DANIELS, Demi (BYU) 6-1
3. Maeva Razakasoa/Julie Gerard (LBSU) by default
No. 64 Cougars finish season on the road
PROVO, Utah – No. 64 BYU women’s tennis hits the road for its final matches of the regular season at No. 41 Long Beach State and at West Coast Conference foe, San Diego.
The Cougars (9-11, 4-4) visit Long Beach to complete a rigorous non-conference schedule that included eight ranked opponents. With wins in both matches, BYU can finish the regular season at .500 overall and 5-4 in WCC play headed into the conference tournament. Morgan Anderson-Littlewood, Toby Miclat and Savannah Ware will look to continue their stellar conference play in improve on their combined 19-5 combined singles record in WCC play.
The Beach (13-5, 7-0) clinched at least a share of the Big West title last week with a victory over UC Santa Barbara and will look to use a competitive matchup with the Cougars as a tune-up for the final couple weeks of the season. The Toreros (2-12, 1-6) have endured a tough season in the WCC but boast the No. 80 doubles duo in the country made up of Sana Oppinger and Drew Spinosa.
The match on Friday at Long Beach State will begin at 2 p.m. PDT and Saturday’s visit to San Diego starts at 10 a.m. Live stats for both matches will be available through the BYU women's tennis schedule page.