Washington Upsets No. 28 BYU
SEATTLE -- The BYU women's tennis team (2-4) dropped its second match in as many days (4-3) when it played No. 70 Washington on Saturday at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Despite the loss, the Cougars made adjustments and improvements on the their play from Friday.
"We played well today," said BYU head coach Craig Manning. "We're getting better all the time. The girls are starting to learn and take some responsibility for what they're doing out there. With such a young team, we're definitely going in the right direction."
BYU struck first at No. 2 doubles, where Dolly Chang and Kristina Doerr handed Washington's Venise Chan and Kelsey Anonsen their first loss of the year, 8-5. Anastasia Surkova and Jennifer Miccoli's 8-5 win over the Huskies' Joyce Ardies and Tara Simpson clinched the point for the Cougars.
Chang and Chie Hayasaka were the lone Cougars to win their singles matches, with Chang posting an impressive 5-7, 6-1, (10-6) come-from-behind victory. The Taiwan native ended the weekend with a combined 4-0 singles and doubles record.
Up next the Cougars will travel to South Bend, Ind. to take on Notre Dame on Feb. 5.
No. 70 Washington 4
No. 28 BYU 3
1/26/08 - Nordstrom Tennis Center
1. Surkova/Miccoli (BYU) def. Ardies/Simpson (UW), 8-5*
2. Chang/Doerr (BYU) def. Chan/Anonsen (UW), 8-5
3. Malovic/Radunovic (UW) def. Ezhova/Hayasaka (BYU), 8-6
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
1. Venise Chan (UW) def. (59) Anastasia Surkova (BYU), 6-4, 6-2*
2. Aleksandra Malovic (UW) def. Kristina Doerr (BYU), 6-4, 6-3
3. Tara Simpson (UW) def. Elizaveta Ezhova (BYU), 6-0, 6-3
4. Chie Hayasaka (BYU) def. Joyce Ardies (UW), 7-6 (3), 6-3
5. Dolly Chang (BYU) def. Vanja Radunovic (UW), 5-7, 6-1, (10-6)
6. Allison Rainey (UW) def. Elle Carney (BYU), 6-3, 6-4
Order of finish: 2, 3, 6, 1, 4, 5
* Clinching match
Women Play Ranked Opponents on Road
PROVO -- The No. 28 BYU women's tennis team will go on the road to face two ranked foes, No. 50 Washington State and No. 70 Washington this Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Cougars currently have a record of 2-2 on the season and hope to improve upon that this weekend.
BYU is coming off a busy weekend, hosting both Utah State and No. 53 Arkansas. The Cougars began their home play with a 7-0 sweep of the Aggies, but later fell 2-5 to the Lady Razorbacks.
With the BYU Cougars heading up north, they will be taking on another cougar team, the WSU Cougars. WSU had a pair of sweeps against Eastern Washington University and University of Idaho last week and are led by No. 91 ranked singles player Ekaterina Burduli.
Washington will host its season opener against BYU on Saturday. The Huskies began their 2008 season in Honolulu last weekend, losing a tough match to No. 56 Sacramento State, 4-3, before rebounding with a 7-0 sweep of Hawaii. BYU and UW met last year, with the Cougars scoring a 6-1 win.
Friday's match against Washington State is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. PT, with Saturday's match set for 12 p.m. PT.