Aubrey Paul is undefeated in regular winter season play, with three singles wins. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
HONOLULU -- Success continued to roll for the No. 73 BYU women’s tennis team as it rose above Hawai’i after a grueling 4-3 battle Saturday.
After losing the doubles point, the Cougars (2-1) came in strong during singles play to take the match.
Cougar duo Aubrey Paul and Andie Young, the only sophomores for BYU, defeated Algae Van den Bergh and Natasha Zorec for the team’s one doubles win (8-3). No. 53 Callie Craig and Megan Price fell to Barbara Pinterova and Katarina Poljakova 8-5, while Elle Carney and Elizaveta Ezhova dropped their match to Alyssa Nafarrete and Magdalena Ploch 8-2.
Paul and Ezhova remain undefeated in singles, each with three wins. Paul defeated Van den Bergh in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5. Ezhova lost her first set 2-6, but came back for the win by taking the next two sets 6-3, 6-4.
Newcomer Desiree Tran recorded her first win for the Cougars with a quick victory against Zorec (6-0, 6-3). Elle Carney also finished strong with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 win against Ploch.
The Rainbow Wahine (2-2) received their last two points from Poljakova’s win against Craig and Pinterova’s win against Price.
Next up, the Cougars play at home against Washington State Friday at 11 a.m. and against Boise State Saturday at noon. Admission is free and spectators may park in the “Y Lot” parking lots to the southwest and northwest of the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts after 4 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday.
No. 73 Brigham Young vs. Hawai‘i
1. Pinterova/Poljakova def. No. 53 Price/Craig 8-5
2. Nafarrete/Ploch def. Carney/Ezhova 8-2
3. Paul/Young def. Van den Bergh/Zorec 8-3
1. B. Pinterova def. M. Price 6-2, 6-2
2. E. Carney def. M. Ploch 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
3. K. Poljakova def. C. Craig, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 10-7
4. D. Tran def. N. Zorec 6-0, 6-3
5. E. Ezhova def. A. Nafarrete 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. A. Paul def. A. Van den Bergh 6-2, 7-5