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LMU hands BYU a 4-0 loss on the road
LOS ANGELES – The BYU women's tennis team suffered a tough defeat on the road to West Coast Conference foe Loyola Marymount Friday afternoon, losing 4-0.
In No. 3 doubles, junior Taylah Beckman and sophomore Samantha Smith took down LMU's (12-5, 4-2 WCC) Yesica De Lucas and Elvira Juravilova without dropping a game in a 6-0 rout. However, the Lions' Veronica Miroshnichenko and Eva Marie Voracek responded right back to defeat senior Mayci Jones and Anastasia Abramyan 6-3 in No. 1 doubles to even things up.
The doubles point came down to a battle in the No. 2 slot between sophomores Kate Cusick and Polina Malykh against LMU's Siobhan Anderson and Anna Romeka. Both duos traded shots, but the Lions came out on top 6-4 to win the doubles point and go up 1-0 on the Cougars (11-7, 4-2 WCC).
Sophomore Polina Malykh, who entered the match with only one loss in the regular season in singles play, took on Anderson in No. 3 singles. The two kept the first set close, but Anderson out dueled Malykh to take it and carried that momentum to the second to win the match 6-4, 6-2 and give LMU a 2-0 lead.
Down two points, freshman Madeline Almeida competed against Juravilova in No. 5 singles. Almeida fought to help the Cougars regain some ground, but ultimately fell to Juravilova 6-3, 6-3.
In the final match of the day, Beckman played against LMU's Camila Tumosa in No. 6 singles. After losing the first set, Beckman battled to make a comeback in the second but came up short, losing 6-3, 6-4 and the Lions earned a 4-0 sweep of the Cougars. No. 1, 2 and 4 singles did not finish.
BYU looks to bounce back tomorrow, as the team travels to Malibu to take on last year's conference champion Pepperdine at 12 p.m. PST. Live stats and live video stream for the match can be found on BYU's online schedule.
1. #44 V. Miroshnichenko (LMU) vs. Mayci Jones (BYU) 6-4, 4-3, unfinished
2. Eva Marie Voracek (LMU) vs. Anastasia Abramyan (BYU) 5-7, 4-1, unfinished
3. Siobhan Anderson (LMU) def. Polina Malykh (BYU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Yesica De Lucas (LMU) vs. Kate Cusick (BYU) 7-6 (7-3), 5-4, unfinished
5. Elvira Juravliova (LMU) def. Madeline Almeida (BYU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Camila Tumosa (LMU) def. Taylah Beckman (BYU) 6-3, 6-4
1. #31 V. Miroshnichenko/Eva Marie Voracek (LMU) def. Mayci Jones/Anastasia Abramyan (BYU) 6-3
2. Siobhan Anderson/Anna Romeka (LMU) def. Kate Cusick/Polina Malykh (BYU) 6-4
3. Taylah Beckman/Samantha Smith (BYU) def. Yesica De Lucas/Elvira Juravliova (LMU) 6-0
BYU 11-7, 4-2 WCC
LMU 12-5, 4-2 WCC
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,3,5)
BYU hits the road for WCC play against LMU, Pepperdine
PROVO, Utah – The BYU women's tennis team hits the road this weekend for West Coast Conference matches against Loyola Marymount on Friday, Apr. 13 at 1:00 p.m. PST and Pepperdine, Saturday at 12:00 p.m. PST.
After suffering a narrow 4-3 loss to rival Utah in the Deseret First Duel Wednesday, the Cougars bounced back at home Saturday with a decisive 4-0 sweep of WCC foe Santa Clara. BYU advanced to 11-6 overall on the season and 4-1 in league play to put the Cougars at No. 3 in the conference.
LMU competed against Gonzaga in Spokane on Saturday and snapped a three-match win streak in a 4-1 loss, falling to 11-5 on the season and 3-2 in league play. Friday’s match could determine WCC tournament seeding for both teams as the Lions currently sit right behind the Cougars in league standings in the No. 4 slot.
The Waves are currently ranked No. 8 in the nation, Pepperdine swept Portland 4-0 Saturday on the road to advance to 16-1, 5-0 WCC on the season. The Waves have five singles players and three doubles pairs included in the Oracle/ITA rankings. Pepperdine sits alone at the at the top of the Conference.
Check the Cougars’ online schedule for links to the live stats for each match if made available by hosting teams.