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Talon Hatch | Posted: 24 Feb 2018 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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Malykh remains undefeated, BYU falls to No. 41 Gonzaga 4-2


SPOKANE, Wash. – Despite a strong performance from sophomore Polina Malykh, BYU women’s tennis suffers its first West Coast Conference loss to No. 41 Gonzaga  Saturday, 4-2.

“We played some great doubles today under pressure,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “The match was close all the way down to the last point. Gonzaga just played the bigger points better. Polina did a great job, really stepped up and played confident today. Overall, we are moving in the right direction and getting better.”

Malykh in the No. 4 and No. 5 singles slots remains undefeated in regular season play, 6-0.

No. 2 doubles sophomores Kate Cusick and Malykh continued their strong doubles play from yesterday for BYU (4-3, 1-1 WCC) in their matchup against Gonzaga’s (8-2, 1-0 WCC) Domonique Garely and Ashleigh Jacobs. The Cougar duo dominated the match and sweeping, 6-0.

In No. 1 doubles, senior Mayci Jones and freshman Anastasia Abramyan took on the No. 47 ranked Graciela Rosas and Sophie Whittle of Gonzaga. The duo put up a fight against their ranked opponent, but ultimately fell 6-3.

The doubles point came down to the face-off between junior Taylah Beckman and sophomore Samantha Smith against the Bulldogs' Alex Bourguignon and Haruna Tsuruta. As Beckman and Smith went up 6-5, Bourguginon and Tsuruta overcame a match point to tie it back up and send it to tiebreaker. However, Beckman and Smith maintained their composure to curb the comeback and win 7-6, securing the doubles point for the Cougars to go up 1-0 on the Bulldogs.

Cusick, playing in No. 3 singles, was defeated by Gonzaga’s Nevada Apollo 6-3, 6-3 to tie the match up at a point a piece. Smith went up against Tsuruta in No. 5 singles and lost 6-4, 6-2.

Malykh helped get BYU back on the board in No. 4 singles. She played against Garley in singles play as well and defeated her for the second time of the day, 6-2, 6-4 to tie the match back up 2-2. In No. 6 singles, Taylah Beckman fell to Gonzaga’s Kate Ketels 6-1, 6-4 returning the Bulldogs the lead, 3-2, over the Cougars.

The final match of the day came down to No. 1 singles, Jones versus Whittle. Jones earned an early lead, winning the first set 6-3. However, Whittle surged back and won the next two sets to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 and take the victory for Gonzaga by a score of 4-2. No. 2 Singles Abramyan against Rosas did not finish.

The Cougars return to Provo for their WCC home opener against San Francisco on Friday, Mar. 2, at noon MST. The following day, BYU will take on Washington State at the Indoor Tennis Courts at 10:00 a.m. Live streaming and stats for the events can be found on BYU’s online schedule.

Singles Competition

1. Whittle, Sophie (GON) def. Jones, Mayci (BYU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1

2. Rosas, Graciela (GON) vs. Abramyan, Anastasia (BYU) 2-6, 6-3, 5-2, unfinished

3. Apollo, Nevada (GON) def. Cusick, Kate (BYU) 6-3, 6-3

4. Malykh, Polina (BYU) def. Garley, Domonique (GON) 6-2, 6-4

5. Tsuruta, Haruna (GON) def. Smith, Samantha (BYU) 6-4, 6-2

6. Ketels Kate (GON) def. Beckman, Taylah (BYU) 6-1, 6-4

Doubles Competition

1. #47 Whittle, Sophie/Rosas, Graciela (GON) def. Jones, Mayci/Abramyan, Anastasia (BYU) 6-3

2. Cusick, Kate/Malykh, Polina (BYU) def. Garley, Domonique/Jacobs, Ashleigh (GON) 6-0

3. Smith, Samantha/Beckman, Taylah (BYU) def. Bourguignon, Alex/Tsuruta, Haruna (GON) 7-6 (7-2)

Match Notes:

BYU 4-3

Gonzaga 8-2; National ranking #41

Order of finish: Doubles (2, 1, 3); Singles (3, 5, 4, 6, 1)


Talon Hatch | Posted: 20 Feb 2018 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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BYU opens WCC play this weekend against Portland and Gonzaga


PROVO, Utah -- The Cougar women's tennis team opens West Coast Conference play this weekend on the road with back-to-back matches. BYU is at Portland Friday, Feb. 23 and at Gonzaga on Saturday, Feb. 24. The match vs. the Pilots starts at 10 a.m. PST while the match against the Bulldogs begins at 11:00 a.m. PST.

BYU (3-2) looks to start conference play off on the right foot after a close loss to Denver. Sophomore Polina Malykh earned BYU's only singles victory against the Pioneers. Malykh remains undefeated in regular season singles play at the No. 5 slot.

In its last match, Portland (1-4) played at No. 24 Washington where the Pilots suffered a 5-0 loss to the Huskies. Portland was selected to finish ninth in the WCC Preseason Poll. The Cougars are 7-1 against the Pilots all-time.

Gonzaga (7-2) swept Eastern Washington, 7-0 this past Saturday to win its fourth straight dual match. The nation's 29th ranked doubles duo Sophie Whittle and Graciela Rosasa of Gonzaga had a 6-1 win and moved to 8-1 on the year. The WCC coaches voted the Bulldogs to finish third in the Preseason Poll, just a spot ahead of the Cougars. BYU is 4-3 in the series with Gonzaga.

Live video and stats for Friday's match against Portland can be found at the Pilot's online schedule. The same can be found for Saturday's match versus Gonzaga on the Bulldog's online schedule.