SAN -- Despite dominating play by Eline Chiew and Jodi Richardson, the BYU women's tennis team, ranked 41st in the country, lost to No. 43 San Diego State 5-4 in San Diego Saturday.
Chiew, ranked 58th in the nation in singles, defeated Whitney Wells 6-4, 7-6 (5) in number one singles. She also teamed with freshman Lu Oswald to defeat Lisa Papi and Katja Karrento 8-6 in number two doubles.
Richardson also played well for the Cougars. She teamed with senior Kim Kelly to defeat Wells and Laura Aguero 8-5 in number one doubles. She also defeated Aguero 6-2, 6-4 in number two singles.
However, the Aztecs won every other match of the day to take the 5-4 victory. Kelly lost the number three singles match 6-4, 6-1 to Karrento while freshman Liza Khoudoiarova lost at number four singles 6-3, 6-0 to Lindsey Hedberg.
The victory was secured for San Diego State when Hedberg and teammate Katey Becker defeated Khoudoiarova and classmate Dominique Reynolds 8-6 in number three doubles.
The Cougars will next face Utah in Salt Lake City Mar. 31 at 5 p.m.
1. Eline Chiew (BYU) def. Whitney Wells, 6-4, 7-6 (5)
2. Jodi Richardson (BYU) def. Laura Aguero, 6-2, 6-4
3. Katja Karrento (SDSU) def. Kim Kelly, 6-4, 6-1
4. Lindsey Hedberg (SDSU) def. Liza Khoudoiarova, 6-3, 6-0
5. Katey Becker (SDSU) def. Tara Ferguson, 6-2, 6-4
6. Julie Chidley (SDSU) def. Lu Oswald, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4)
1. Richardson/Kelly (BYU) def. Wells/Aguero, 8-5
2. Chiew/Oswald (BYU) def. Papi/Karrento, 8-6
3. Hedberg/Baker (SDSU) def. Khoudoiarova/Reynolds, 8-6