Netters Pick Up Second Consecutive Victory
FORT COLLINS -- For the first time this season, the BYU women’s tennis team earned back-to-back wins after defeating Colorado State Friday. The Cougars slipped past the Rams 4-3 to improve to 3-2 in conference play and 7-11 overall.
“Everybody competed very well,” BYU coach Joey Johnson said. “ Every match we’re playing better and digging deeper, and that’s a good sign.”
Seniors Kristina Doerr and Chie Hayasaka notched the first doubles win of the contest, defeating Caitlin Fluegge and Laura Neal 8-4 at the No. 2 position. Colorado State took the match on court three at 8-6, but No. 28 McCall Jones and Megan Price squeaked out a 9-7 victory to clinch the pairs point for BYU.
Hayasaka wasted no time in singles, tallying a 6-2, 6-2 win over Fluegge at the No. 3 spot. Jones also recorded a straight-set win at the top of the lineup to put the Cougars one point away from their third conference victory.
Doerr fell 6-1 in the first set before coming back to win the second 6-2. She fought through a third-set tiebreak to seal the victory for BYU. With the match result already decided, the Rams came back to capture the remaining three matches on courts four through six.
“I feel good about the momentum we’re building,” Johnson said. “If we can get everybody healthy, we’ll be in good shape.”
Conference play continues Saturday when the Cougars face Wyoming at 10 a.m. at the UW Tennis Courts.
1. No. 28 Jones/Price (BYU) def. Arneson/Neal (CSU) 9-7
2. Doerr/Hayasaka (BYU) def. Fluegge/Mulhern (CSU) 8-4
3. Holzinger/Wojakowska (CSU) def. Carney/Ezhova (BYU) 8-6
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
1. No. 52 M. Jones (BYU) def. L. Neal (CSU) 7-5, 6-4
2. K. Doerr (BYU) def. T. Arneson (CSU) 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4)
3. C. Hayasaka (BYU) def. C. Fluegge (CSU) 6-2, 6-2
4. V. Wojakowska (CSU) def. E. Carney (BYU) 1-6, 7-6 (0), 6-2
5. M. Holzinger (CSU) def. A. Paul (BYU) 6-3, 6-2
6. L. Mulhern (CSU) def. Def. A. Young (BYU) 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
Three Teams, Three Cities, Three Days
PROVO -- After splitting matches last week against San Diego State and UNLV, the BYU women’s tennis team will travel to three cities in as many days to play three conference opponents. The Cougars face Air Force Thursday, Colorado State Friday and Wyoming Saturday.
“We had two good matches against San Diego State and UNLV,” BYU coach Joey Johnson said. “We’re working on moving forward and continuing to have solid play.”
Last season, BYU swept all three teams in Provo. The Cougars are currently 1-2 in Mountain West Conference play after overcoming SDSU 5-2 and losing to UNLV 4-3. AFA, CSU and UW all have 1-1 records against MWC opponents after beating New Mexico and falling to TCU over the weekend.
The Falcons are first on the agenda for BYU and have been enjoying a successful year thus far. Air Force (14-6, 1-1) is well on its way to the first winning season since the 2002-2003 campaign, when it finished play at 15-13. AFA blanked New Mexico last week, its first defeat of the Lobos and its first sweep of a conference challenger in school history.
Friday the Cougars will make the short trip to Fort Collins, Colo. to play Colorado State. The Rams are 6-8 overall and lost 7-0 to TCU in their most recent outing. During the fall season, players from BYU and CSU faced each other at both the BYU Invitational and the ITA Mountain Region Championship.
In the last match of the weekend, the Cougars will take on Wyoming. The Cowgirls (9-5, 1-1) barely fell to TCU, 4-3. UW also rewrote the history books last week by defeating New Mexico for the first time ever.
“This is a slightly longer road trip than we’ve had with more travel, but we’ve made our schedule as efficient as possible,” Johnson said. “We’ve got our routine down, and the energy level of the players should be high.”
BYU will begin the week at the Air Force Academy’s tennis courts at 2 p.m. Thursday. Friday’s match against Colorado State starts at 1 p.m. at Miramont Lifestyle Fitness South. The Cougars wrap up the weekend at the UW Tennis Courts Saturday at 10 a.m.