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Nate Slack | Posted: 23 Jan 2021 | Updated: 3 Jun 2022
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BYU Opens 2020-21 Season with Decisive 6-1 Win Against Weber State

BYU women's tennis

PROVO, Utah – BYU women’s tennis (1-0) took down Weber State (0-1) with a 6-1 victory in the season opener at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts Saturday morning.

“I thought we played well and fought hard today,” said BYU head coach Holly Parkinson Hasler. “It’s always nice to get your first dual match in. The best way to see what we need to work on is in match play, and now that we are back in competitive play, we have so much to look forward to.”

Emilee Astle and Helen Jiao took the first win of the day, 6-3, in the No. 3 doubles match against Weber State’s Sicely Ferreira and Megan Lombardi. No. 2 doubles team Leah Heimuli and Kara Lin finished next, falling to the Wildcats' Megan Davies and Pei-Hsuan Kuo, 6-2. Anastasia Abramyan and Madeline Wanlass jumped out to an early lead over Weber State’s Yuuna Ukita and Ana Morett, but Ukita and Morett completed a comeback, winning 7-5.

Lin had a strong singles performance, beating Weber State’s Morett, 6-2, 6-1. Abramyan followed, picking up a win at the No. 1 singles spot, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1. In the No. 2 spot, Leah Heimuli grinded out a win, defeating the Wildcats’ Lombardi, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5.

BYU’s Astle kept the Cougars’ singles success rolling, as she defeated the Wildcats’ Kuo quickly, 6-2, 6-1. Jiao played in the No. 5 spot for BYU, beating Davies, 6-4, 6-3. Wanlass played in the No. 6 spot, capping off the singles sweep for BYU in a 6-4, 6-3 win.

The Cougars will return to the Indoor Tennis Courts next week when they face the Dixie State Trailblazers in a doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 30. The first match will begin at 10:00 a.m. MST, and the second at 2:00 p.m. MST. Both matches will be streamed online.

Until further notice, only family members are allowed to attend home matches. Family members will need to be on a pre-existing list and provide photo ID in order to attend.



BYU 6, Weber State 1


Doubles Competition

1. Yuuna Ukita/Ana Morett (WSU) def. Anastasia Abamyan/Madeline Wanlass (BYU), 7-5

2. Megan Davies/Pei-Hsuan Kuo (WSU) def. Leah Heimuli/Kara Lin (BYU), 6-2

3. Emilee Astle/Helen Jiao (BYU) def Sicely Ferreira/Megan Lombardi (WSU), 6-3

Order of finish: (3, 2, 1)


Singles Competition

1. Anastasia Abramyan (BYU) def. Yuuna Ukita (WSU), 7-6 (7-1), 6-1

2. Leah Heimuli (BYU) def. Megan Lombardi (WSU), 7-6 (7-2), 7-5

3. Kara Lin (BYU) def. Ana Morett (WSU), 6-2, 6-1

4. Emilee Astle (BYU) def. Pei-Hsuan Kuo (WSU), 6-3, 6-1

5. Helen Jiao (BYU) def. Megan Davies (WSU), 6-4, 6-3

6. Madeline Wanlass (BYU) def. Sicely Ferreira (WSU), 6-4, 6-3

Order of finish: (3, 1, 2, 4, 5, 6)


Nate Slack | Posted: 18 Jan 2021 | Updated: 3 Jun 2022
Nate Slack

BYU women’s tennis to open the 2020-21 season hosting Weber State

WTEN 2021 Schedule

PROVO, Utah — BYU women’s tennis returns to play for the first time in nearly a year, as the Cougars welcome the Weber State Wildcats to the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 11:00 a.m. MST.

“We are two months short of a full year since we suited up for our last competition. It’s emotional to think about,” said BYU head coach Holly Hasler. “We practice to compete and haven’t had that opportunity for a very long time.  You better believe we are headed into this weekend with an outpouring of excitement and gratitude to be back on the court, fighting, competing, and doing what we love.”

The 2019-20 season came to an abrupt end due to the COVID-19 pandemic, following a 4-3 win over Arizona. The Cougars finished the season 8-3, defeating New Mexico, Houston, and Arizona in their final three matches. 

The Cougars are scheduled to play 23 matches this season, with 11 being played at home and 12 on the road. They will face each West Coast Conference team once, but there will be no WCC Tournament, as previously announced earlier this year. The NCAA Championships are scheduled for May 20-29, 2021. 

This year’s team will feature six new faces, including five freshmen, in Kensie Cricchio, Qianxin Kong, Kara Lin, Elizabeth Tullis, and Mackenzie Turley, as well as sophomore Xenia de Luna. The Cougars return six players from last year: graduate senior Polina Malykh; seniors Anastasia Abramyan, Leah Heimuli, Madeline Wanlass; and sophomores Emilee Astle and Helen Jiao.

Weber State welcomes back Pei-Hsuan (Patty) Kuo, Megan Lombardi, Ana Morett Salas, and Yuuna Ukita from last year’s squad that finished 8-4. Freshmen Megan Davies, Sicely Ferreira, and Ana Gonzalez will each make their Wildcat debut when they face the Cougars.

BYU has defeated Weber State the last four years and is looking to extend the streak to five. In last year’s meeting, BYU won 5-2, with Heimuli (13-10 in singles, 15-5 in doubles), Astle (11-6 in singles, 13-5 in doubes), and Wanlass (8-7 in singles, 5-5 in doubles) each collecting wins in their singles and doubles matches.

Until further notice, only family members are allowed to attend home matches. Family members will need to be on a pre-existing list and provide photo ID in order to attend.