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Anonymous | Posted: 28 Mar 2003 | Updated: 28 Mar 2003

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (March 28, 2003) -- The No. 57 BYU women's tennis team extended their winning streak to three matches on Friday as they blanked MWC opponent Air Force 7-0. The win gives the Cougars a 7-8 overall record and an unbeaten 2-0 record in conference play.

The Cougars began the match with the doubles point by winning two of the three doubles matches. Olga Boulytcheva and Rebecca Pike won easily at the No. 3 spot by beating Jen Nigro and Kelli O'Bryant 8-2. Hadley MacFarlane and Tara Porter were the other Cougar tandem to win at doubles by beating Heather Shelby and Kat Bushey 8-6 at the No. 2 doubles position.

"Everyone played really strong today," said BYU head coach Craig Manning. "We were a little shaky in doubles, especially at the No. 1 spot, but we played really well in singles."

After being up 1-0 after the doubles matches, the Cougars won all six singles matches to blank the Falcons. Every Cougar won in straight sets except for Boulytcheva who dropped the first set to Bushey 3-6 before winning the next two sets 6-4, 6-0 to claim the victory at the No. 3 spot.

The Cougars are back in action tomorrow as they face another MWC opponent in New Mexico. The match will be played in Albuquerque and will begin at noon.

No. 57 BYU 7, AFA 0 


1. Liza Klempner (BYU) def. Laura Nigro (AFA) 7-5, 6-0

2. Dominique Reynolds (BYU) def. Heather Shelby (AFA) 6-2, 6-0

3. Olga Boulytcheva (BYU) def. Kat Bushey (AFA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-0

4. Rebecca Pike (BYU) def. Kelli O'Bryant (AFA) 6-3, 6-2

5. Tara Porter (BYU) def. Gina Black (AFA) 6-4, 6-4

6. Hadley Macfarlane (BYU) def. Katie Tomkie (AFA) 6-1, 6-0


1. L. Nigro/Black (AFA) def. Klempner/Reynolds (BYU) 8-5

2. MacFarlane/Porter (BYU) def. Shelby/Bushey (AFA) 8-6

3. Pike/Boulytcheva (BYU) def. J. Nigro/O'Bryant (AFA) 8-2


Anonymous | Posted: 26 Mar 2003 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Conference Play Starts in New Mexico


PROVO -- After two big wins over nationally-ranked opponents last weekend, the No. 57 BYU women's tennis team (6-8) will be on the road in New Mexico this weekend to begin conference play as they take on Air Force on Friday and No. 49 New Mexico on Saturday. Both matches will be played in Albuquerque beginning at noon.

Last weekend, the Cougars beat No. 58 Boise State 4-3 and No. 38 South Carolina 5-2, improving their record to 6-8 on the season. Senior Liza Klempner led the Cougars at the No. 1 singles spot by winning both matches at her position. She beat No. 66 Renate Stoop in a tough three-set match, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. On Saturday, against South Carolina, she beat No. 102 Kathy Boyanovich 6-3, 6-3.

"Our first match with Boise State was a tough one," said BYU head coach Craig Manning. "We didn't play our best, but we just really fought hard and came up with the victory. On Saturday against South Carolina, everyone on the team really played well. It seemed like everything just came together for us."

Air Force is currently the last place team in the MWC with a 7-5 overall record and a 0-2 record in conference play. Both conference losses came last week as they fell to No. 32 San Diego State 7-0 and to No. 24 UNLV 6-1.

"Air Force is going to be tougher than usual," said Manning. "They have lost two matches, but those losses came against the two top teams in the conference. They'll be ready to play, so we'll need to be ready for them."

The 49th-ranked Lobos of New Mexico come into this weekend's match with an even 8-8 overall record and is currently tied with Air Force for last place in the conference with an 0-2 record. The Lobos lost to No. 32 SDSU 5-2 and to No. 24 UNLV 4-3. The Lobos will look to No. 82 Sandy Lukowski to lead them to victory over the Cougars.

"New Mexico is always tough," said Manning. "We're going to have to play really well, especially playing down there on their home courts."

After this weekend's action in New Mexico, BYU will be back at home next weekend as they continue conference play against SDSU on Friday and UNLV on Saturday. Both matches will begin at noon.