(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- The first day of the BYU Invitational concluded with a solid showing by the BYU women’s tennis team. The Cougars have two players continuing in singles play Friday and three doubles pairs advancing.
BYU head coach Craig Manning said he saw many positive things from the Cougars Thursday.
“It’s good to just get out and play matches and figure out what we’re doing well and what we need to work on,” Manning said.
Junior Chie Hayasaka and freshman Romina Nedakovic played their way into the doubles quarterfinal, beating CSU’s Laura Strasburger and Caitlin Fluegge 8-3. Joining them are sophomores Elle Carney and Liza Ezhova, who battled to an 8-6 win over their Utah foes.
The most dominant BYU doubles performance came from the duo of returning junior Kristina Doerr and new freshman McCall Jones, who held their challengers to an 8-0 score line. Each player also enjoyed success in singles play and will move on to the advanced rounds Friday.
Last year’s singles champion Doerr defeated Nedakovic in the second round to secure her place in the quarterfinals. Jones looked equally threatening as she breezed past her opponents, dropping only one game in two matches. The two Cougars will both face players from Utah Friday with Doerr playing Andrea Maughan and Jones taking on Leigh Walsh.
“The competition will be stiffer Friday so we’ll see what happens,” Manning said.
Matches will begin at 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday at the BYU outdoor tennis courts. The courts are located south of the Smith Fieldhouse and are accessible through the east entrance. All matches are free and open to the public. BYU Y parking lots are available to the public after 4 p.m. Friday and all lots are available Saturday.