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Talon Hatch | Posted: 22 Mar 2018 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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BYU earns fourth straight win in 4-1 victory over Utah State


LOGAN, Utah – The BYU women’s tennis team won its fourth straight match in a 4-1 victory over in-state rival Utah State Thursday. The Cougars move to 8-1 all-time against the Aggies.


“It was a close match today,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “We didn't play our best in singles but we were able to compete and pull out the win today. I'm happy with our fight today on the road.”


Senior Mayci Jones and freshman Anastasia Abramyan in No. 1 doubles got BYU (9-4) off to a hot start, defeating Utah State’s (9-8) Jenna Kane and Maggie O’Meara, 6-1. No. 3 doubles followed suite, as junior Taylah Beckman and Samantha Smith beat Sasha Pisareva and Hannah Jones of Utah State, 6-2 to give the Cougars the doubles point and a 1-0 lead. No. 2 doubles did not finish their match.


Pisareva answered back for the Aggies in No. 1 singles and defeated Jones 6-0, 6-2 to tie the everything up 1-1. In No. 2 singles, Abramyan carried her momentum from doubles play in her match against Utah State’s Sabrina Demerath and gave BYU the lead once again with a 6-4, 6-3 victory.


With the Cougars leading 2-1, Cusick competed against Rhoda Tanui of Utah State in No. 4 singles. Cusick won a hard fought first set, but Tanui fought back to take the second and send the match into a third set. However, Cusick overcame Tanui’s surge to win a close match 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 to put BYU up 3-1.


In the final match of the day, freshman Madeline Almeida played O’Meara in a battle at No. 3 singles. After Almeida won the first set handily, O’Meara fired back to win a tight second set. Both players continued to trade shots back and forth, but Almeida prevailed to earn a 6-1, 5-7, 7-5 win and give the Cougars the 4-1 win over the Aggies. No. 5 and 6 singles did not finish.


BYU returns to Provo to welcome Fresno State on Saturday at the Indoor Tennis Courts starting at 12 p.m. Admission to the match is free and complimentary pizza is provided to all spectators. Live stats and online video stream for the match is found on BYU’s online schedule.




Box Score:


BYU 4, Utah State 1


Singles competition:

1. Sasha Pisareva (USU) def. Mayci Jones (BYU) 6-0, 6-2

2. Anastasia Abramyan (BYU) def. Sabrina Demerath (USU) 6-4, 6-3

3. Madeline Almeida (BYU) def. Maggie O'Meara (USU) 6-1, 5-7, 7-5

4. Kate Cusick (BYU) def. Rhoda Tanui (USU) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4

5. Hannah Jones (USU) vs. Polina Malykh (BYU) 2-6, 3-1, unfinished

6. Sophia Haleas (USU) vs. Samantha Smith (BYU) 5-4, unfinished


 Doubles competition:

1. Mayci Jones/Anastasia Abramyan (BYU) def. Jenna Kane/Maggie O'Meara (USU) 6-1

2. Sabrina Demerath/Rhoda Tanui (USU) vs. Kate Cusick/Polina Malykh (BYU) 3-4, unfinished

3. Taylah Beckman/Samantha Smith (BYU) def. Sasha Pisareva/Hannah Jones (USU) 6-2


Match Notes:

BYU 9-4, 2-1 WCC

Utah State 9-8, 0-0

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


Talon Hatch | Posted: 19 Mar 2018 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Talon Hatch

BYU travels to in-state rival Utah State Thursday, at home Saturday with Fresno State


PROVO, Utah – The BYU women’s tennis team travels to Logan on Thursday, Mar. 22 to take on in-state rival Utah State at 11:00 a.m. MDT. The Cougars will return home to welcome Fresno State Saturday, Mar. 24 at 12:00 p.m. MDT at the Indoor Tennis Courts.

This past weekend BYU earned its third-straight win without dropping a singles match against Boise State. After narrowly losing in doubles play, the Cougars bounced back to sweep singles and win 4-1 to advance to 8-4 on the season.

Sophomore Polina Malykh remains undefeated in regular season singles play, 8-0. In No. 5 singles, Malykh defeated Boise State’s Nancy Menjivar 6-3, 6-0 to remain perfect and help BYU complete the singles sweep.

Utah State has not competed since their road loss on Mar. 11 to Cal State Fullerton. The Titans beat the Aggies, 4-2 and Utah State fell to 9-7 on the season. The Aggies welcome the Cougars to Logan for the first time in program history. BYU is 8-0 all-time against Utah State.

Fresno State played at a neutral site match against Dartmouth this past Saturday in La Jolla, California. The Bulldogs topped the Big Green 5-2 and move to 4-10 overall. Fresno State has advantage historically against BYU, 7-3 all-time versus the Cougars.

Live stats and live video for Saturday’s home match can be found on BYU’s online schedule. Admission is free and complementary pizza will be provided to all spectators in attendance.