Provo, UT (April 7, 2001) In the red and blue women's tennis contest of the season it was the Cougar blue defeating the Utes red 6-1 in the MWC tennis contest, Saturday.
The win improves BYU's women's tennis record to 6-0 in conference and 11-7 overall. The Utes drop to 3-4.
In the doubles competition the Cougars picked up the 1-0 advantage after winning all three of the matches in a pro set format.
Five of the singles matches were also won by BYU in straight sets. Utah picked up its lone point winning at the number two singles spot where the Utes' Cassie Kasteler defeated Dominique Reynolds 6-4, 6-2.
Senior Jodi Richardson, ranked 37th nationally, led the Cougars in singles play with her straight set 6-2, 6-2 win over Utah's number one player Irini Kotoglou. Others picking up wins for BYU were Lu Oswald, Elizaveta Khoudoiarova, Lindsay Ferrell and Elyse Jensen.
The Cougars final home matches are this coming Friday and Saturday. BYU hosts conference foe Wyoming on the 13th and Fresno State on the 14th. Both matches will begin at noon. If BYU beats Wyoming on Friday they would be the number one seed in this year's MWC tournament.
-AGATE- BYU-6; UTAH-1
Jodi Richardson, BYU d. Irini Kotoglou, UU 6-2, 6-2
Cassie Kasteler, UU d. Dominique Reynolds, BYU 6-4, 7-5
Lu Oswald, BYU d. Linn Ronnberg, UU 6-3, 6-3
Elizaveta Khoudoiarova, BYU d. Brooke Wilkinson, UU 6-2, 6-2
Lindsay Ferrell, BYU d. Frida Kareld, UU 6-3, 6-2
Elyse Jensen, BYU d. Sheri Esrock, UU 4-6, 6-4 (10-6)
Richardson/Brooke Ferney, BYU d. Kotoglou/Wilkinson, UU 8-5
Reynolds/Khoudoiarova, BYU d. Kasteler/Kareld, UU 8-4
Oswald/Ferrell, BYU d. Ronnberg/Esrock, UU 8-3
After being on the road since early February, the BYU women's tennis team will return home to host the final three matches of the season, starting when Utah comes to Provo on Saturday.
The Cougars, 10-7 overall and 4-0 in the conference, are coming off a road trip where they won two of three matches, their only loss coming at the hands of No. 1 Stanford. Both victories were over Mountain West Conference foes including defending champion UNLV, 4-3. The Cougars also defeated San Diego State, 4-3.
"We've been playing some clutch tennis on the road," said BYU coach Craig Manning. "We've been playing well as a team."
Dominique Reynolds and Lu Oswald were particularly hot for the Cougars, winning two of their three matches over the weekend. Reynolds. last week's MWC palyer of the week, played at the two spot, losing only to 8th-ranked Lauren Kalvaria. Oswald defeated Katja Karrento of San Diego State and Urska Radanovic of UNLV at the four spot.
Utah is 3-3 over the last six matches. They own conference wins over Colorado State and Air Force. Last week in Las Vegas, Utah lost to No. 60 UNLV, 6-1 and were swept by No. 54 San Diego State, 7-0.
After Utah, BYU will host Wyoming and Fresno State on April 13 and 14 to close out the regular season.
Utah will host its final two matches of the season at the Eccles Tennis Center on April 13 and 14 against No. 10 Fresno State at 2 p.m. and Wyoming at 11 a.m.