Sophomore Chie Hayasaka and senior Dolly Chang
With three experienced seniors and a collection of young players, the BYU women's tennis team came together and battled through tough matches to close out the 2007-08 season with a No. 49 national ranking and 13-12 overall record.
Anastasia Surkova led the Cougars with her 15-9 singles record while playing the majority of the season at the No. 1 position. With a No. 64 national ranking to conclude her senior year, Surkova upset several ranked opponents over the course of the season, including No. 23 Gira Schofield of South Carolina and No. 31 Elena Gantcheva of UNLV. The Russian native also posted a 6-1 record in Mountain West Conference matches, earning her All-MWC honors in singles. Over her career at BYU Surkova earned a 91-29 overall singles record with a .758 winning percentage.
Teaming up for the fourth consecutive year, Surkova and Jennifer Miccoli continued their tradition of success in doubles play, ending the season ranked No. 54 in the nation. Together the duo recorded a 12-7 record playing at BYU's top position, and posted impressive wins over top 40-ranked opponents from Arkansas, Boise State and South Carolina. Miccoli and Surkova were also recognized by the conference as an All-MWC doubles team for the third consecutive year.
Sophomore Kristina Doerr also stepped up for the Cougars this season, seeing the majority of her playing time coming at the No. 2 singles position. The Alpine native received All-MWC honors for the first time after posting a 6-2 singles record against MWC opponents. Ranked as high as No. 80 nationally, Doerr maintained an impressive eight-match win-streak over two months, upsetting three ranked opponents during that time.
Doerr kicked off a successful fall season for the Cougars by winning the BYU Invitational singles draw in September. At the Wilson ITA Division I Central Region Championships, Surkova and freshman Elle Carney battled through injuries and the natural elements to defeat New Mexico's ninth-seed doubles team.
During the spring BYU continued its tradition of playing a tough schedule. The Cougars competed against 17 nationally-ranked opponents, including No. 7 California and three other top 20-ranked teams. After falling to an early 2-5 record, the Cougars fought back to win six of their next seven matches and improve to a winning record.
After posting an impressive 5-0 record to begin conference play, the Cougars struggled though three consecutive losses to end the regular season.
As the reigning MWC Tournament champions, BYU entered the 2008 tournament as the fifth seed, playing in-state rival University of Utah in the first round. Having suffered a disappointing loss to the Utes only five days prior, the Cougars were hoping for a more favorable outcome this time around. Their hopes would not be fulfilled, however, as Utah posted a 4-0 win to end BYU's season for good.
Despite a somewhat disappointing end to the season, the Cougars finished ranked No. 5 in the Central Region. Also making it into the regional rankings were Surkova, who ranked No. 4 in singles and No. 5 with Miccoli in doubles, and Doerr who finished the season ranked eighth in singles. To cap off her senior season, Surkova was named the ITA Central Region's Senior Player of the Year.
With 2007-08 in the books, the Cougars look ahead to next season as they hope to remain in the top tier of both the MWC and Mountain Region, and return to make a run at the NCAA tournament.