Regular Season Ends with Loss to UNLV
LAS -- In the final regular season match of the year, the No. 57 BYU women’s tennis team fell to No. 50 UNLV 6-0.
With the win, the Rebels clinched the Mountain West regular season title and remained undefeated in conference play. The Cougars finish fourth in the conference standings with a 5-3 record.
UNLV took the first doubles match, winning 8-4 on court three. BYU’s Elle Carney and Megan Price earned a 9-7 victory at the No. 2 position and the doubles point came down to court one. Despite a solid effort, the No. 69 pair of Kristina Doerr and McCall Jones was unable to get the win and dropped a 9-7 decision.
The Rebels continued the momentum in singles play, notching wins on courts five and one in straight sets to start things off. A victory on court four sealed the win and the outright conference title for UNLV.
The dominant performance continued through the remaining matches with the Rebels picking up wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Chie Hayasaka forced her match to three sets before eventually falling to her UNLV opponent on court three. The final match at the No. 6 position between Romina Nedakovic and Rumyana Terzieva went unfinished.
The Cougars, now 12-9 overall, will head to Albuquerque, N.M. Wednesday for the Mountain West tournament.
#50 UNLV- 6
#57 BYU- 0
1. Kristina Nedeltcheva (UNLV) def. #116 McCall Jones (BYU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Nikol Dimitrova (UNLV) def. Kristina Doerr (BYU) 6-2, 7-6
3. Katy Williams (UNLV) def. Chie Hayaska (BYU) 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
4. Adrienn Hidvegi (UNLV) def. Megan Price (BYU) 6-4, 7-5
5. Anna Maskaljun (UNLV) def. Elizaveta Ezhova (BYU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Rumyana Terzieva (UNLV) vs. Romina Nedakovic (BYU) DID NOT FINISH
Order of finish: 5,1,4,2,3
1. Nedeltcheva/Williams (UNLV) def. #69 Doerr/Jones (BYU) 9-7
2. Carney/Price (BYU) def. Alisa Razina/Maskaljun (UNLV) 9-7
3. Dimitrova/Terzieva (UNLV) def. Ezhova/Nedakovic (BYU) 8-4
Order of finish: 3,2,1
Cougars Close Season on the Road
PROVO -- Two final Mountain West opponents await the No. 57 BYU women’s tennis team in Las Vegas. The Cougars will face No. 42 San Diego State Friday and No. 50 UNLV Saturday to wrap up the regular season.
“We’re constantly trying to build momentum,” BYU coach Craig Manning said. “These matches are another opportunity to get better.”
BYU is currently 12-7 on the season and 5-1 in conference play. The Cougars also have players ranked in singles and doubles. Freshman McCall Jones comes in at No. 116. She and partner Kristina Doerr also broke in to the doubles rankings this week at No. 69.
“We’re focusing on fundamentals and trying to execute them well,” Manning said. “It’s a never-ending battle trying to get your game to the next level.”
San Diego State will be the first test for BYU. The Aztecs own a 15-6 overall record and 4-2 conference record. Their last result was a 4-3 loss to the University of San Diego. SDSU has one duo ranked with Holly Bagshaw and Julia Trunk earning the No. 76 spot.
Saturday brings current conference leader UNLV. The Rebels boast an impressive 16-6 overall record and are 6-0 against Mountain West opponents. They swept Southern Utah 7-0 in their last outing. When the two teams met last year, the Cougars dominated in a 4-0 win.
“We’re trying to improve in any small aspect we can,” Manning said. “At the same time, we’re playing for a good seed in the tournament, so hopefully we’ll play well.”
Both matches will take place at the Fertitta Tennis Complex in Las Vegas at 10 a.m. PT.