Cougars Upset No. 49 Boise State
PROVO -- Valentine's Day was a little sweeter after the No. 58 BYU women's tennis team pulled off a 5-2 upset over No. 49 Boise State on Thursday. With the win the Cougars improve to 3-5 on the season.
"We played really well tonight," said BYU head coach Craig Manning. "[Boise State] is an extremely tough team. We're getting better and healthier all the time, and the girls are staying focused."
BYU split its first two doubles matches of the day, with seniors Anastasia Surkova and Jennifer Miccoli defeating the No. 40-ranked Boise State duo of Polina Kokoulina and Pichittra Thongdach, 8-5. With the fate of the doubles point in the hands of Dolly Chang and Kristina Doerr, the pair pulled through to win 9-8 and remain undefeated this season.
In singles play, to start things off for the Cougars, Chang handily defeated Jana Mackova (6-2, 6-1). At the No. 2 position, down by three games in her first set, BYU's Doerr rallied back to win 7-6, 6-4.
Playing in the next court, Surkova found herself in a long battle with Thongdach. Despite losing the second set, the Russian native continued to fight, eventually winning the third and final set to push the Cougars over the edge and claim the victory.
"Hopefully we can keep building like we are, then the wins will take care of themselves," said Manning.
Up next BYU will take on the visiting Red Raiders of Texas Tech on Saturday at 12 p.m. MT. The Red Raiders will challenge Boise State tomorrow at 3 p.m. MT. Both matches will be played at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts and admission is free. BYU "Y Lot" parking is available to visitors after 4 p.m. on Fridays and all BYU parking is open to the public on Saturdays.
No. 49 Boise State - 2
No. 58 BYU - 5
February 14, 2008
1. Miccoli/Surkova (BYU) def. Tongdach/Kokoulina (BSU) 8-5
2. Chang/ Doerr (BYU) def. Baum/Mackova (BSU) 9-8
3. Jochimsen/Wlodarczyk (BSU) def. Ezhova/Carney (BYU) 8-3
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
1. A. Surkova (BYU) def. P. Thongdach (BSU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
2. K. Doerr (BYU) def. P. Kokoulina (BSU) 7-6, 6-4
3. B. Jochimsen (BSU) def. E. Ezhova (BYU) 6-1, 6-2
4. D. Chang (BYU) def. J. Mackova (BSU) 6-2, 6-1
5. C. Hayasaka (BYU) def. K. Wlodarczyk (BSU) 6-1, 6-1
6. S. Housley (BSU) def. E. Carney (BYU) 6-4, 7-6
Order of finish: 4, 3, 2, 1, 5, 6
Women Host Ranked Foes
PROVO -- The No. 58 BYU women's tennis team will return home to host a pair of dual matches against ranked opponents in No. 49 Boise State and No. 72 Texas Tech this weekend. The Cougars (2-5) hope to rebound after suffering a loss to Notre Dame on Feb. 5.
"We're excited to get back and play here at home," said BYU head coach Craig Manning. "Things are getting better and we're improving in every match we play. Our main focus is to keep progressing."
Boise State (2-1) is coming off a pair of successful sweeps against No. 67 Utah and Eastern Washington. The nation's 81st ranked singles player, Bianca Jochimsen, is helping to lead the Broncos, along with the No. 40 doubles pair of Polina Kokoulina and Pichitira Thongdach.
Having lost only one match so far this season as well, Texas Tech will come to Provo after securing two home wins over North Texas and No. 68 Nevada last weekend. Two of the Red Raiders' freshmen, Simone Templeton and Kelsy Garland, remain undefeated in singles actions so far this season.
BYU's match against Boise State will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday and the match against Texas Tech will start at noon on Saturday. Boise State and Texas Tech will face each other at 3 p.m. on Friday.
All matches will be played at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts and admission is free. BYU "Y Lot" parking is available to visitors after 4 p.m. on weekdays and all BYU parking is open to the public on Saturdays.