Women's Tennis Sweeps Kansas
PROVO -- The No. 56 BYU women's tennis team won all six singles competitions and swept the doubles matches to blank the Kansas Jayhawks 7-0 on Saturday. With the win the Cougars improve to 7-6 on the season.
"We played really well and came together today," said BYU head coach Craig Manning. "This was our best performance of the year so far."
To start things off in doubles play, Elle Carney and Chie Hayasaka made quick work of their Kansas opponents to record the 8-3 win. The No. 37 duo of Jennifer Miccoli and Anastasia Surkova battled to defeat the Jayhawks' Elizaveta Avdeeva and Edina Horvath 8-6. No. 46 Dolly Chang and Kristina Doerr soon followed with their own 8-5 victory.
Surkova secured the first singles point for the Cougars as she defeated Avdeeva 6-2, 6-3. Doerr and Chang were the next to follow at the No. 2 and No. 4 positions, respectively. With the result of the match already decided, Hayasaka won a tough 7-6, 2-6, 10-4 tiebreaker against KU's Kunigunda Dorn.
With the final two matches underway, Elizaveta Ezhova easily defeated Lauren Hommell 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 5 position. After dropping her first set, Carney came back to win 6-7, 7-6, 10-4 and clinch the sweep for BYU.
"Our girls need some rest," said Manning. "We're pretty beat up. We played really well today and right now we just need a break to enjoy it."
The Cougars will have a week off before returning to action against South Carolina on March 13.
Kansas - 0
No. 56 BYU - 7
March 1, 2008
1. A. Sukova (BYU) def. E. Avdeeva (KU) 6-2, 6-3
2. K. Doerr (BYU) def. E. Horvath (KU) 6-3, 6-1
3. C. Hayasaka (BYU) def. K. Dorn (KU) 7-6, 2-6, 10-4
4. D. Chang (BYU) def. Y. Svistun (KU) 6-2, 6-2
5. E. Ezhova (BYU) def. L. Hommell (KU) 6-3, 6-1
6. E. Carney (BYU) def. M. Martinez (KU) 6-7, 7-6, 10-4
Order of finish: 1, 2, 4, 3, 5, 6
1. Miccoli/Surkova (BYU) def. Horvath/Avdeeva (KU) 8-6
2. Chang/Doerr (BYU) def. Svistun/Martinez (KU) 8-5
3. Carney/Hayasaka (BYU) def. Hommell/Dorn (KU) 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
Nevada and Kansas Visit Provo
PROVO -- After splitting its two home matches last weekend, the No. 58 BYU women's tennis team returns to action, taking on Nevada and Kansas on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Cougars (5-6) are coming off a 6-1 win over Kansas State.
Nevada (1-4) dropped a grueling 4-3 match at No. 37 UC Irvine on Monday. The Wolf Pack won the doubles point, but went on to win only two of the six singles matches. The No. 47-ranked Maria Mizyuk leads Nevada in singles play.
Against Kansas (3-4), BYU currently leads the series 15-6, including a 4-3 win in its matchup last season. The Cougars have won the last three meetings between these two teams.
Friday's match is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. MT with Saturday's set for 12 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. Come and enjoy popcorn, pizza and prizes.