Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center
No. 54 Cougars fall 4-3 to Bulldogs in heartbreaker
FRESNO, Calif. - No. 54 BYU women's tennis fell to Fresno State 4-3 on Wednesday afternoon in a heartbreaker. The Cougars fall to 7-4 on the season, 3-3 on the road.
BYU led the match 3-0 after winning the doubles point and the first two singles matches however, the Bulldogs were able to rattle off four-straight wins giving them the victory.
- Astle/Dunyon (BYU) UF. Jittakoat/Magrini 5-4
- Huang/Li (BYU) def. Safi/Vyshkina 6-0
- Jiao/Wheatley (BYU) def. Piferi/Lopez 6-4
Order of finish: 2, 3
Huang and Li, at No. 2 doubles, won their first doubles match of the season as a pair. Huang moved to 7-3 in doubles on the year while Li improved to 5-4.
Jiao and Wheatley, at No. 3 doubles, defeated Piferi and Lopez clinching the doubles point for BYU.
Astle and Dunyon, at No. 1 doubles, were leading Jittakoat and Magrini 5-4 before the match was left unfinished.
- Pang Jittakoat (Fresno) def. Bobo Huang 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
- Matilde Magrini (Fresno) def. Emilee Astle 2-6, 7-5, 6-0
- Christina Flaquer (Fresno) def. Jacque Dunyon 6-2, 0-6, 6-4
- Tina Li (BYU) def. Carolina Piferi 4-6, 6-0, 6-2
- Emmie Moore (BYU) def. Carlotta Nonnis Marzano 6-1, 6-0
- Mariya Vyshkina (Fresno) def. Kara Wheatley 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 5, 4, 3, 1, 2, 6
Moore, at No. 5, remains perfect on the year defeating Marzano and improving to 8-0 on the season in singles play.
Li, at No. 4, fell in the first set but won the next two defeating Piferi for her ninth singles win of the year, improving to 9-2.
Dunyon, at No. 3, was tied 1-1 with Flaquer after two sets but dropped the third set for just her second singles loss of the season (8-2).
Huang, at No. 1, was defeated for only the third time in singles this year (7-3).
Astle, at No. 2, won the first set 6-2 but dropped the next two as she dropped to 5-5 in singles play this season.
Wheatley, at No. 6, took the first set, 6-2, but dropped consecutive sets clinching the overall victory for Fresno State.
The Cougars return to action Friday, Mar. 17 against Harvard in San Luis Obispo, Calif.. First serve is set for 2:30 p.m. PDT.
No. 54 BYU heads to California for three road matches
PROVO, Utah — No. 54 BYU women's tennis heads to California this week to face off against Fresno State Wednesday, Mar. 15, No. 65 Harvard on Friday, Mar. 17, and Cal Poly Saturday, Mar. 18. for three road matches.
- The Cougars are 7-3, with wins against Boise State and Utah last week.
- BYU is ranked No. 54 in the nation.
- Head coach Holly Hasler is 52-40 at BYU in her fifth season. She is assisted by Gabby Curtis, who is in her second season.
- Sophomore Success: Jacque Dunyon is 8-1 and Bobo Huang is 7-2 in singles play.
- Freshmen Sensations: Emmie Moore is 7-0 and Tina Li is 8-2 in singles play.
- The Cougars are in their final season in the WCC.
Fresno State Notes
- The Bulldogs are 5-6 with a loss against Saint Mary's (4-3) last week.
- Head coach Denise Dy is in her third season leading the women's tennis team.
- Dy is 40-15 overall at Fresno State.
No. 65 Harvard Notes
- Harvard is ranked No. 65 in the nation.
- The Crimson are 7-6 with a win against Rhode Island (5-0) and a loss against Denver (4-3) last week.
- Head coach Traci Green is in her 16th season.
Cal Poly Notes
- The Mustangs are 5-5 after a win against UC San Diego (5-2) last week.
- Head coach Ellie Edles Williams is in her first season.
- BYU-Fresno State Series Record: Fresno State leads 17-5
- Last Meeting: Fresno State won 4-3 on Feb. 11, 2022, in Provo
- BYU-Harvard Series Record: Harvard leads 3-0
- Last Meeting: Harvard won 4-2 on Mar. 19, 2022, in Orlando
- BYU-Cal Poly Series Record: Series is tied 1-1
- Last Meeting: Cal Poly won 6-1 on Feb. 6. 2021 in San Luis Obispo