Cougars Swept By California
BERKELEY -- The No. 37 BYU women's tennis team was swept 7-0 in its loss to No. 7 California on Friday. The Golden Bears won all nine of their matches and recorded the team's fifth straight win as the Cougars fell to 8-7 on the season.
Cal quickly claimed the doubles point after back-to-back 8-3 wins on courts two and three, handing the No. 60-ranked duo of Dolly Chang and Kristina Doerr its first loss on the season. The final doubles match was a clash of ranked opponents, as No. 35 Anastasia Surkova and Jennifer Miccoli faced off against No. 45 Susie Babos and Stephanie Kusano. The BYU pair lost its match in an 8-7(4) tiebreaker.
In singles play, No. 64 Claire Ilcinkas defeated Elizaveta Ezhova 6-1, 6-0 at the fifth position. Chie Hayasaka was the next Cougar to fall, followed by No. 86 Anastasia Surkova (6-2, 6-3), ensuring Cal's victory.
With the match decided, Elle Carney dropped her match No. 89 Bojana Bobusic. BYU's No. 80 Kristina Doerr forced the only three-set match of the day on the second court, against No. 16 Marina Cossou, but ended up losing 6-2, 4-6, 1-0(5). Dolly Chang fell 6-3, 6-4, clinching the sweep for the Bears.
Tomorrow the Cougars face another ranked opponent as they take on No. 16 Fresno State. The match is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. PT.
No. 7 California def. No. 37 BYU, 7-0
Mar. 21, 2008 - Berkeley, Calif.
1. No. 45 Babos/Kusano (CAL) def. No. 35 Miccoli/Surkova (BYU) 8-7(4)
2. Cossou/Ilcinkas (CAL) def. No. 60 Chang/Doerr (BYU) 8-3
3. Bobusic/Dillon (CAL) def. Carney/Hayasaka (BYU) 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 2*, 1 (California wins doubles point)
1. No. 15 S. Babos (CAL) def. No. 86 A. Surkova (BYU) 6-2, 6-3
2. No. 16 M. Cossou (CAL) def. No. 80 K. Doerr (BYU) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0(5)
3. No. 37 C. Visico (CAL) def. C. Hayasaka (BYU) 6-1, 6-2
4. S. Kusano (CAL) def. D. Chang (BYU) 6-3, 6-4
5. No. 64 C. Ilcinkas (CAL) def. E. Ezhova (BYU) 6-1, 6-0
6. No. 89 B. Bobusic (CAL) def. E. Carney (BYU) 7-5, 6-3
Order of finish: 5, 3, 1*, 6, 2, 4
Cougars Visit Ranked California Foes
PROVO -- The No. 37 BYU women's tennis team (8-6) will be in California for the weekend as it prepares for dual matches against No. 7 California and No. 16 Fresno State.
The Cougars are coming off a 5-1 upset win of then No. 33-ranked South Carolina to extend their season-high winning streak to four matches. BYU has won six of its last seven matches after opening the dual season with a 2-5 record.
No. 80 Kristina Doerr leads the team with her eight-match win streak. Doerr and Dolly Chang combine for a No. 60 national ranking in doubles, while the veteran duo of Anastasia Surkova and Jennifer Miccoli come in at No. 35. Surkova is also ranked No. 86 in singles.
The Golden Bears hold the edge in the all-time series against BYU, taking victories in seven of the 10 meetings, including the most recent 4-0 win in 2002. The Bears' top six singles players all rank in the top 100 nationally, and are lead by No. 15 Susie Babos. Babos and Stephanie Kusano are ranked No. 45 amongst the nation's doubles teams.
Fresno State is coming off a 5-2 loss to No. 26 William and Mary in its first home match of the season. Singles players Anastasia Petukhova and Melanie Gloria enter Saturday's match ranked No. 12 and No. 13, respectively. The Cougars will face the No. 2-ranked duo of Gloria and Tinesta Rowe as well.
Friday's match between BYU and California is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. PT. The Cougars will be back in action on Saturday when they take on Fresno State at 5 p.m. PT.