Second Day of Invite Brings Better Results for Cougars
BERKELEY -- Things looked up for the BYU women’s tennis team as they completed the second day of the Cal Nike Invitational. Players advanced in the consolation rounds of both singles and doubles, showing skill and mental toughness.
McCall Jones and Kristina Doerr resumed play in the Gold flight consolation round Saturday. Jones overtook her Saint Mary’s opponent 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals to move to the next round. Doerr also won in straight sets to earn a place in the semifinals. Jones and Doerr were set to face each other in the consolation semis on the tournament’s final day but withdrew from Sunday play.
Senior Chie Hayasaka, the only Cougar left in the main draw of the Blue fight, fell to USC’s Cristala Andrews in the quarterfinals. Andie Young, who made it to the semifinals of the White flight, dropped her match to an opponent from Pacific.
Hayasaka combined with Elle Carney in doubles to clinch a place in the quarterfinals of the Blue flight main draw, but Long Beach State overpowered the duo 8-3 to end their campaign.
In the consolation round of the doubles Gold flight, Jones and fellow sophomore Megan Price and Doerr and Romina Nedakovic notched two victories each. Jones and Price defeated their challengers 8-2 and 8-4 to secure a spot in the finals. Doerr and Nedakovic turned in similar scores of 8-3 and 8-5 to join their teammates for the All-Cougar final. The pairs will not compete in that match because it is on Sunday.
The tournament will conclude Sunday at the Hellman and Channing Tennis Complexes but BYU will not compete.
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Netters Head to California for Tourney
PROVO -- Women’s tennis will continue the season at the Cal Nike Invitational in Berkeley, Calif. this weekend. The three-day tournament begins Friday at the Hellman and Channing Tennis Complexes.
The Cougars will compete against top-notch players from Arizona State, Fresno State, Long Beach State, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Pacific, Sacramento State, Saint Mary’s, Santa Clara, UC Davis, UCLA and USC. BYU will also be able to see future opponents as both Arizona State and Fresno State are on the schedule for March.
Players will compete in one of three singles flights-Blue, Gold or White. In singles, the Blue and Gold flights will feature 32 competitors each while the White will have 12. Partners will also be separated into three flights for doubles competition.
This will be the second tournament of the fall season for BYU and the first test for freshman Andie Young. Joining Young will be BYU veterans Kristina Doerr and Chie Hayasaka and returning letterwinners Elle Carney, Liza Ezhova, Romina Nedakovic, Megan Price and McCall Jones.
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