Cougars Win First on Road
LEWISTON -- In the first of a two-day road trip, the BYU women's tennis team beat the Cougars of Washington State University 5-2. BYU moves to 3-0 on the season.
Scoring the first point for the BYU Cougars was duo Rebecca Pike and Lu Oswald toppling Nelly Dvornicka and Zsofia Fodor in an impressive 8-2 finish. Freshmen Lauren Jones and Sofia Holden also had a key win contributing to the first point for BYU.
Top seeded Cougar doubles team Barbora Zahnova and Hadley Macfarlane fell to WSU's Chris Martinez and Lorena Arias in a close 8-6 competition.
In singles play the BYU Cougars came out strong posting four wins over the Cougars of Washington State. In a come-from-behind win, Jones rallied back to defeat Amy Toth 7-6, 4-6, 6-3.
In another three-set match, Rebecca Pike also fought to finish off her opponent with a thrilling tiebreaker to seal the win for BYU.
"I am pretty happy with this win, because they [WSU] are a good team," head coach Craig Manning said. "It's always hard to win on the opponents home court. We executed well and I'm proud of the way our team played. But got another tough one tomorrow."
The women's tennis team continues its two-day road trip as it faces the Washington Huskies tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.
BYU vs. WSU
Barbora Zahnova (BYU) def. Orsoyla Sallai (WSU) 6-2, 6-3
Lorena Arias (WSU) def. Sofia Holden (BYU) 6-4, 7-6
Olga Boulytcheva (BYU) def. Chris Martinez (WSU) 6-5, 6-4
Lauren Jones (BYU) def. Amy Toth (WSU) 7-6, 4-6, 6-3
Nora Gaal (WSU) def. Hadley Macfarlane (BYU) 6-4, 6-2
Rebecca Pike (BYU) def. Zsofia Fodor (WSU) 4-6, 6-3 (10-7)
Martinez/Arias (WSU) Def. Zahnova/Macfarlane (BYU) 8-6
Pike/Oswald (BYU) def. Fodor/Nelly Dvornicka(WSU) 8-2
Jones/Holden (BYU) def. Gaal/Toth (WSU) 8-4
PROVO -- The No. 45 BYU women's tennis team will be on the road for two straight this week as it faces the Cougars of Washington State (No. 51) and the seventh ranked Washington Huskies.
The University of Washington is 2-0 on the season and comes off a shut out against the Idaho Vandals last week. The seventh ranked Huskies have yet to lose a single set this season having swept their first two opponents.
BYU's top seeded Barbora Zahnova will go up against the Husky's No. 1 seed, Dea Sumantri from Jakarta, Indonesia in doubles and singles. Sumantri is currently ranked 49th nationally.
Washington State recently finished the PAC-10 Indoor Championships where it walked away with 14 wins, led by senior Lorena Arias. The Cougars look to avenge their loss against Washington State after falling 3-4 during the 2003 campaign.
"Our girls will be prepared for both teams," head coach Craig Manning said. "We've got some things to work on this week, but we will be ready. These matches will be true test for our team."