Indoor Tennis Courts
150 E. Provo UT 84602
Cusick leads BYU to 4-0 sweep over San Francisco
PROVO, Utah – Sophomore Kate Cusick led BYU women's tennis to a 4-0 sweep over San Francisco in its West Coast Conference home opener Friday.
"I thought the girls did a great job today," BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. "Looking to build off today's big win going into tomorrow."
The Cougars (5-3, 2-1 WCC) took control of the match right from the start and dominated doubles. Junior Taylah Beckman and sophomore Samantha Smith defeated Anna Sokiran and Alexa Meyer of San Francisco (1-6, 0-1 WCC) 6-1 to secure the first doubles win.
Sophomores Cusick and Polina Malykh followed up with a 6-0 sweep over the Dons' Shanna Dos Santos and Margarita Treyes to give BYU the 1-0 lead. No. 1 doubles senior Mayci Jones and freshman Anastasia Abramyan did not finish their match against San Francisco's Emily Maxfield and Mya Bui.
Cusick continued her strong play in singles as she competed against Bui in No. 3 singles. After a close set, Cusick overwhelmed Bui in the second set to earn a 6-4, 6-0 victory and give the Cougars a 2-0 lead over San Francisco.
At No. 4 singles, freshman Madeline Almeida had an impressive performance in her matchup against Treyes. Almeida almost completed the sweep, only giving up one game in the entire match and winning 6-0, 6-1. BYU took a commanding 3-0 lead in front of the Dons.
Playing in No. 2 singles, Abramyan took the first set 6-2, but Sokiran battled back in the second to win in a close match. However, Abramyan was too much for Sokiran in the third set, getting the 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 victory and completing the 4-0 sweep for the Cougars.
Matches for No. 1, No. 5 and No. 6 singles went unfinished.
BYU plays again tomorrow against Washington State at 10:00 a.m. MST at the Indoor Tennis Courts. Admission to the match is free and complimentary pizza will be provided for all spectators. Live video and stats can be found on BYU's schedule page.
1. Mayci Jones (BYU) vs. Emily Maxfield (USF) 5-7, 6-3, 2-3, unfinished
2. Anastasia Abramyan (BYU) def. Anna Sokiran (USF) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
3. Kate Cusick (BYU) def. Mya Bui (USF) 6-4, 6-0
4. Madeline Almeida (BYU) def. Margarita Treyes (USF) 6-0, 6-1
5. Polina Malykh (BYU) vs. Shanna Dos Santos (USF) 6-0, 2-1, unfinished
6. Hermehr Kaur (BYU) vs. Amber Del Rosario (USF) 5-3, unfinished
1. Mayci Jones/Anastasia Abramyan (BYU) vs. Emily Maxfield/Mya Bui (USF) 4-2, unfinished
2. Kate Cusick/Polina Malykh (BYU) def. Shanna Dos Santos/Margarita Treyes (USF) 6-0
3. Taylah Beckman/Samantha Smith (BYU) def. Anna Sokiran/Alexa Meyer (USF) 6-1
University of San Francisco 1-6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,4,2)
BYU plays first home WCC match against San Francisco, Washington State
PROVO, Utah – For the first time this season, the BYU women’s tennis team will compete at home against a West Coast Conference opponent. The San Francisco Dons come to Provo this Friday, Mar. 1 to play the Cougars and the following day, BYU will take on Washington State.
Sophomore Polina Malykh in the No. 4 and No. 5 singles slots, remains undefeated (6-0) in singles play this season. Despite BYU’s (4-3, 1-1 WCC) loss to No. 41 Gonzaga Saturday, Malykh defeated Domonique Garley 6-2, 6-4.
San Francisco (1-5) looks to bounce back after being swept Saturday afternoon by Cal State, Fullerton, 4-0. The Dons will get their first WCC play of the regular season Friday against the Cougars. San Francisco was picked to finish 9th in the league by the Coaches Preseason Poll.
Washington State defeated visiting Eastern Washington on Saturday, 7-0 to earn the sweep and improve to 10-1 on the season. Tiffany Mylonas and Guzal Yusupova at No. 2 doubles remain undefeated (10-0) on the season. BYU is 6-8 all-time against Washington State.
The match Friday against San Francisco will begin at 12:00 p.m. MST at the Indoor Tennis Courts and Saturday’s promptly at 10:00 a.m. MST.
Live streaming and stats for both matches will be available on BYU’s online schedule. Admission is free and complimentary pizza is provided to all spectators at each match.