Aubrey Paul recorded the Cougars' point with a straight-set win against Chloe Smith. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
MINNEAPOLIS -- A tough singles round left the BYU women’s tennis team behind No. 39 North Carolina State, leading to a 5-1 loss Saturday.
Aubrey Paul came through again for the Cougars (4-5) with a win on Court 6 against Chloe Smith 6-2, 6-3. The win was Paul’s eighth of the season, increasing her season record to 8-1.
Team captain Megan Price came back to tie her match in the second set on Court 1, but North Carolina State’s Sanaa Bhambri took the third set for a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win.
BYU suffered straight-set losses on the other courts.
Doubles matches were not played at this match.
Next up, the Cougars play Fresno State March 3 and UC Irvine March 5 on the road.
BYU vs. No. 39 North Carolina State
1.Sanaa Bhambri (NCS) def. Megan Price (BYU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
2.Lenka Hojckova (NCS) def. Elle Carney (BYU) 6-3, 6-3
3.Joelle Kissell (NCS) def. Callie Craig (BYU) 6-3, 6-4
4.Tatiana Illova (NCS) def. Desiree Tran (BYU) 6-0, 6-1
5.Christy Sipes (NCS) def. Elizaveta Ezhova 6-4, 6-0
6.Aubrey Paul (BYU) def. Chloe Smith (NCS) 6-2, 6-3