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Sydney Zenger | Posted: 30 Mar 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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BYU women’s tennis falls 0-4 to No. 37 San Diego


SAN DIEGO – The BYU women’s tennis team dropped a 0-4 match to No. 37 San Diego on Saturday.

“San Diego played very well today,” Head Coach Holly Parkinson Hasler said. “It was definitely tough having one day to adjust to sea level, and balls were landing short. We are on a run of California matches so hopefully, we can feel better adjusted.”

San Diego came out to take the advantage, winning the doubles point due to No. 2 and No. 3 doubles wins. BYU Duo Taylah Beckman and Samantha Smith fell 1-6 in their match versus Kati Kukaras and Gemma Garcia. Madeline Almeida and Polina Malykh were also defeated in a 1-6 matchup against Daniela Morales and Maria Tyrina.

Despite their efforts, the Cougars lost three-straight singles matches to give the Toreros the match. BYU’s Kate Cusick lost 4-6, 1-6 in No. 1 singles to Colling. The Cougars’ Katie Fitt dropped a 0-6, 1-6 match to Torres in No. 5 singles. BYU’s Smith put up a fight in No. 6, but fell in a three-set match, 2-6, 6-1, 0-6, to San Diego’s Tyrina.

Polina Malykh, Anastasia Abramyan and Madeline Almeida left unfinished matches down in their first and second sets.

The Cougars continue their stretch on the road at San Francisco on Friday, April 5, at 12 p.m. PDT at the Olympic Club.


  1. Anastasia Abramyan/Kate Cusick (BYU) vs. Solymar Colling/Maria-Paula Torres (USD) 4-3, unfinished
  2. Daniela Morales/Maria Tyrina (USD) def. Madeline Almeida/Polina Malykh (BYU) 6-1
  3. Kati Kukaras/Gemma Garcia (USD) def. Taylah Beckman/Samantha Smith (BYU) 6-1


  1. Solymer Colling (USD) def. Kate Cusick (BYU) 6-4, 6-1
  2. Gemma Garcia (USD) vs. Anastasia Abramyan (BYU) 6-3, 4-3, unfinished
  3. Daniela Morales (USD) vs. Polina Malykh (BYU) 6-2, 5-3 unfinished
  4. Kati Kukaras (USD) vs. Madeline Almeida (BYU) 6-5, unfinished
  5. Maria-Paula Torres (USD) def. Katie Fitt (BYU) 6-0, 6-1
  6. Maria Tyrina (USD) def. Samantha Smith (BYU) 6-2, 1-6, 6-0

Sydney Zenger | Posted: 25 Mar 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Sydney Zenger

Matches scheduled at home and on the road for Cougar women


PROVO, Utah – This week the BYU women's tennis team takes on UC Irvine for the first time ever at home and then hits the road to take on WCC foe No. 39 San Diego.

Matches against U.C. Irvine will take place on Thursday, Mar. 28, at 12 p.m. MDT at the Outdoor Tennis Courts, weather permitting. Live video feed and live stats will be available on the women’s tennis schedule page. On Saturday, the Cougars will take on the Toreros at 12 p.m. PDT at the Hogan Tennis Center.


The Cougars are on a 2-0 win streak in WCC play after notching wins over Portland and Gonzaga; their overall season record is now 8-5. Junior Polina Malykh continues a 10-match win streak while doubles duo Taylah Beckman and Samantha Smith maintain a six match win streak.

UC Irvine

The Anteaters hold a 12-5 season record after a loss to Eastern Washington last week. The Cougars hold a 1-2 all-time record with UC Irvine. This will be the first matchup between BYU and UC Irvine to take place in Provo.

No. 39 San Diego

The Toreros are on an 11 game win streak, holding an 11-2 season record. The Cougars hold an even 4-4 record with San Diego, looking to take the advantage in this week’s matchup.

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