Cougars Upset South Carolina
PROVO -- The No. 52 BYU women's tennis team recorded a series of upsets on Thursday night as it handily defeated No. 33 South Carolina 5-1. With the win the Cougars improve to 8-6 on the season and extend their four-match winning streak.
To start things off, Kristina Doerr and Dolly Chang remained undefeated on the season with their win at the No. 2 position. The pair has won each of its 12 matches this season. Anastasia Surkova and Jennifer Miccoli clinched the doubles point for BYU, beating the No. 19-ranked duo of Gira Schofield and Ana Zubori (8-4).
Elle Carney and Chie Hayasaka came back to win after being down 7-4, completing a full Cougar sweep in doubles play.
"We played really well," said BYU head coach Craig Manning. "[South Carolina] is a good, tough team. I'm impressed with how well we're playing at doubles. It's just amazing."
The Gamecocks evened things up in singles action after Natasa Vuckovic defeated Hayasaka in straight sets. The remaining four matches were forced into three sets.
After winning their first sets, both Chang and Doerr dropped their second, but battled back to score two more points for BYU. Doerr's 7-6, 1-6, 6-2 win came against South Carolina's No. 69 Zubori. Surkova also notched a victory against a ranked foe by downing No. 23 Schofield and ensuring the overall win for the Cougars.
"We try to get better all the time," said Manning. "If we stay on the same path we're on, the wins and losses will take care of themselves. We're right there."
The Cougars have the weekend off before traveling to take on Cal Berkley and Fresno State next week.
No. 33 South Carolina - 1
No. 52 Brigham Young - 5
March 13, 2008
1. A. Surkova (BYU) def. No. 23 G. Schofield (SC) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
2. No. 85 K. Doerr (BYU) def. No. 69 A. Zubori (SC) 7-6, 1-6, 6-2
3. N. Vuckovic (SC) def. C. Hayasaka (BYU) 6-2, 6-2
4. D. Chang (BYU) def. S. Mansour (SC) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
5. E. Ezhova (BYU) def. M. McGavock (SC) 6-4, 6-7, 10-7
6. E. Carney (BYU) vs. J. Rajic (SC) [DNP]
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 2, 1, 5
1. Surkova/Miccoli (BYU) def. No. 19 Schofield/Zubori (SC) 8-4
2. Chang/Doerr (BYU) def. Mansour/McGavock (SC) 8-3
3. Carney/Hayasaka (BYU) def. Rajic/Vuckovic (SC) 9-7
Order of FInish: 2, 1, 3
South Carolina Visits Provo
PROVO -- After a week off, the No. 52 BYU women's tennis team returns to action on Thursday when it hosts No. 33 South Carolina at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts. The series record between these two teams is tied 8-8, with the Cougars defeating the Gamecocks in their last meeting in 2005.
BYU improved to 7-6 on the season after back-to-back home wins against Nevada and Kansas on Feb. 29 and March 1, respectively. Kristina Doerr, the nation's 85th-ranked singles player, currently posts a seven-match win streak.
South Carolina dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 17 Tennessee on Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn. The Gamecocks are led by No. 23 Gira Schofield and No. 69 Ana Zubori. The pair is also ranked No. 19 nationally in doubles action.
Thursday's match is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. MT and admission is free. BYU "Y Lot" parking is available to visitors after 4 p.m. Free popcorn, pizza and prizes will be available for those in attendance.