Baylor Defeats BYU in Honolulu
HONOLULU -- The No. 26 ranked BYU women's tennis team fell to 1-1 on the season after a 7-0 defeat by No. 13 Baylor at the University of Hawaii Tennis Complex on Saturday.
"We fought hard and competed really well," said BYU head coach Craig Manning. "I thought the match was closer than what the score showed. Baylor is a really good team and were too good for us today."
Senior Anastasia Surkova was defeated by the Bears' Zuzana Zemenova in a tough three-set contest (4-6, 6-4, 10-2). Baylor proved too much for the remaining Cougars, including Kristina Doerr and Elizaveta Ezhova, who played at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots for BYU, repectively.
In doubles action, Baylor's Zemenova and Lenka Broosova came out with an 8-4 victory over the duo of Surkova and Doerr. The Cougars' final two doubles pairs fell in hard-fought 8-5 sets.
"We got a good effort from everyone," said Manning. "We learned some things and hopefully will be able to get them down better in the next few weeks."
The Cougars will take a week off and return home before hosting Utah State and Arkansas on Jan. 18-19.
1) Zuzana Zemenova (BU) def. Anastasia Surkova (4-6, 6-4, 10-2)
2) Taylor Ormond (BU) def. Kristina Doerr (6-4, 6-3)
3) Lenka Broosova (BU) def. Elizaveta Ezhova (6-1, 6-2)
4) Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. Chie Hayasaka (6-2, 7-5)
5) Jana Bielikova (BU) def. Elle Carney (6-1, 6-2)
6) Karolina Filipiak (BU) def. Dolly Chang (6-4, 6-2)
1) Zemenova/Broosova (BU) def. Surkova/Doerr (8-4)
2) Ormond/Stanivuk (BU) def. Ezhova/Chang (8-5)
3) Bielikova/Filipiak (BU) def. Carney/Hayasaka (8-5)
Women Open Season in Honolulu
PROVO -- The BYU women's tennis team will ring in the new year and open its spring season by playing dual matches against Hawaii and No. 13 Baylor this weekend in Honolulu.
"It's good to get to Hawaii and play at a lower altitude," said Cougar head coach Craig Manning. "We're going to work on our fundamentals and hopefully get off to a good start. I want to get the girls focusing on those performance cues that I want them to be aware of and get on the right path so we're playing our best tennis as the season progresses."
BYU seniors Anastasia Surkova and Jennifer Miccoli will see action for the first time since the close of the 2007 season. Despite their absences during the fall season, the nationally acclaimed doubles pair is currently ranked No. 8 in the ITA Central Regional Rankings.
Hawaii will host this weekend's matches at the UH Tennis Complex. The Rainbow Wahine's last outing was a mock dual match against No. 2 Stanford. In doubles play, the duo of senior Chloe Bihag and sophomore Sophie Kobuch earned an impressive 9-7 win against Stanford's No. 1 pair.
After a successful fall season, Baylor captured four of the top five spots in the ITA Southwest Regional Rankings. Senior and 2005 NCAA National Champion Zuzana Zemenova earned the highest singles ranking at No. 2 after finishing the fall season with a 6-2 mark.
The Cougars will face Hawaii on Friday at 4 p.m. and Baylor on Saturday at 2 p.m.