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Sydney Zenger | Posted: 1 Mar 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Sydney Zenger

BYU women’s tennis drops 6-1 match to Arizona


TUCSON, Ariz. – The BYU women’s tennis team suffered a disappointing 6-1 loss to Arizona at the Hopson Tennis Center on Friday.

"The girls struggled to adjust to outdoor play, and today we made too many unforced errors," Head Coach Holly Parkinson Hasler said. "We had a slow start in all three doubles and it's tough to go into the singles down 0-1. Everyone is pumped for tomorrow and eager to bounce back against UNLV ready to fight."

Polina Malykh claimed the only Cougar win of the day at the No. 3 singles position with a straight set 7-5, 6-3 victory against Arizona’s Marie Van Aelst. Malykh’s win extended her singles record for the 2019 season to 5-2.

BYU is now 4-3 on the season, while the Wildcats improved their record to 6-3.

Arizona took the lead when they won the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches back-to-back, claiming the first point up for grabs. Kate Cusick and Anastasia Abramyan suffered a 6-2 loss to Arizona’s Emma Wilson and Sophia Thomas. BYU’s Malykh and Madeline Almeida then fell to the Wildcats’ Gitte Heynemans and Camila Wesbrooks, 6-3. In No. 3 doubles, duo Samantha Smith and Taylah Beckman left an unfinished match in the lead at 6-5.

To start singles, the Cougars’ Cusick lost in the No. 1 position, 2-6, 1-6, against Arizona’s Wilson. In No. 6 singles, senior Beckman suffered a 4-6,1-6 loss to the Wildcats’ Csenge Furak, 4-6, 1-6. BYU’s Abramyan was then defeated 1-6, 5-7 after battling to try and win the second set against Arizona’s Wesbrooks in No. 2 singles. The Cougars’ Almeida was also bested in No. 4 singles against the Wildcats’ Talya Zandberg, 4-6, 2-6.

BYU’s Smith fought to claim the No. 5 singles point, taking the first set 6-4 against Arizona’s Heynemans. However, Smith’s effort was bested as she lost the next two sets 2-6, 2-6.

The Cougars return to the Hopson Tennis Center on Saturday, March 2, at 10 a.m. MST to battle the UNLV Rebels.


  1. Emma Wilson/Sophia Thomas (ARIZ) def. Kate Cusick/Anastasia Abramyan (BYU) 6-2
  2. Gitte Heynemans/Camila Wesbrooks (ARIZ) def. Polina Malykh/Madeline Almeida (BYU) 6-3
  3. Samantha Smith/Taylah Beckman (BYU) vs. Marie Van Aelst/Talya Zandberg (ARIZ) 6-5 unfinished


  1. Emma Wilson (ARIZ) def. Kate Cusick (BYU) 6-2, 6-1
  2. Camila Wesbrooks (ARIZ) def. Anastasia Abramyan (BYU) 6-1, 7-5
  3. Polina Malykh (BYU) def. Marie Van Aelst (ARIZ) 7-5, 6-3
  4. Talya Zandberg (ARIZ) def. Madeline Almeida (BYU) 6-4, 6-2
  5. Gitte Heynemans (ARIZ) def. Samantha Smith (BYU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
  6. Csenge Furak (ARIZ) def. Taylah Beckman (BYU) 6-4, 6-1

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Sydney Zenger | Posted: 26 Feb 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Sydney Zenger

Cougars travel to compete against three teams


PROVO, Utah – BYU women’s tennis continues its road trip, playing next against Arizona, UNLV and Fresno State.

Matches begin against Arizona on Friday, March 1, at noon MST at the Robson Tennis Center. The Cougars will then compete against UNLV on Saturday, March 2, at 10 a.m. MST at the same venue. On Monday, March 4, at 11 a.m. PST BYU will battle Fresno State at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center.


BYU is 4-2 on the season after suffering a 5-1 loss to No. 15 Washington State and then beating Seattle University 4-3. Doubles duo Samantha Smith and Taylah Beckman took another win against Seattle last weekend, increasing their season record to 5-1.


The Wildcats (5-3) went 2-0 last weekend in a doubleheader defeating Sacramento State and Liberty University. BYU holds a 0-3 all-time record against Arizona, and looks to take its first win against Arizona this weekend.


The Rebels (8-2) recorded wins last weekend against UC Riverside and Colorado State. The Cougars hold the advantage in their all-time record with UNLV, 10-5.

Fresno State

The Bulldogs (3-5) took two losses last weekend against No. 37 Auburn and Yale. BYU has an all-time 1-6 standing against Fresno.

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