2006-07 Season Review

As the 2006-07 season came to a close, the women's tennis team remained a top-30 program with a no. 26 final ranking, and as the number one team in the Central Region.

The successful season also brought the program a Mountain West Championship trophy; it's third in four years with a 4-1 victory over UNLV. In the conference, Craig Manning picked up his third Coach of the Year accolade with Anastasia picking up MWC Co-Player of the Year honors. The team also received an automatic bid to participate in the NCAA National Women's Tennis Championships marking its 18th overall appearance.

During the fall season as the no. 1 team in the Central Region, the Cougars were invited to play at the ITA National Indoor Tournament in February where only the top 16 teams participated.

Coach Manning was very impressed with his team's performance and success during the year.

"I thought we were going to be good, I just didn't know how good," he said. "We just didn't really do much wrong this year. The young girls we had just brought so much energy and our more experienced leadership on the team held us together."

On the court, MWC Co-Player of the Year junior, Anastasia Surkova finished 14-3 at the number one spot and 22-5 overall. She finished the year ranked 88th in singles and 38th in doubles with teammate, Jennifer Miccoli.

Surkova and Lauren Jones received All-MWC honors in singles and doubles. Surkova and Jennifer Miccoli garnered All-MWC accolades in doubles. Jones and teammate Dolly Chang also were the other Cougar duo to be named All-MWC in doubles.

During the season BYU played a very tough schedule competing against nearly 10 nationally ranked opponents, including No. 1 Stanford University, No. 2 Norte Dame and another three against teams in the top twenty.

The team recorded impressive wins over 32nd ranked TCU (the defending MWC Champion) 4-3, a 4-0 win over 41st ranked Oregon in the NCAA Championships, a 4-3 victory over 37th ranked Colorado and a 5-2 win over a 44th ranked Boise State team.

In MWC play, the Cougars went 7-1 including a 4-3 win over TCU for the first time since they joined the league. The team's lone loss was a 3-4 decision against then 65th ranked San Diego State.

The Cougars faced injuries during the season. Miccoli, suffered from a major shoulder injury that pulled her out of singles play for the entire season. Chang battled through shoulder problems and back injuries. However, these obstacles didn't stop the Cougars from succeeding.

"With all the injuries on the team and our ability to do so well despite them showed the resilience this group of girls had," Manning said. "It just shows the spirit of our team. They rose above the challenges and concluded with another successful season winning."

In regional competition, the Cougars finished ranked first in the Central Region and have numerous players ranked in both singles and doubles. Anastasia Surkova placed fifth in the region in singles while Lauren Jones was 11th. In doubles play, the duo of Surkova and Jennifer Miccoli ranked first with Dolly Chang and Lauren Jones finished the season ranked ninth.

The unprecedented success of the team during the 2006-07 season sets the stage for continued achievements that will further strengthen the BYU women's tennis program for years to come.