WEST LAFAYETTE -- Playing on the road for the fifth straight time, the No. 51 BYU women's tennis team edged out Purdue 4-3 for its first road win of the season. Strong singles play led BYU (2-4, 1-0) to the important win in the Cougars' first match of a four-match road trip.
BYU dug itself an early hole after the doubles matches, narrowly losing the point to the Boilermakers. Lu Oswald and Nicole Schneider teamed up to win the match at the No. 3 spot, but BYU was unable to win at the other two positions. Brooke Beverley and Dominique Reynolds barely lost at the No. 1 spot, falling to the team of Haynor/Wright 9-8.
The Cougars made up the ground in singles play, where BYU swept the No. 2 through No. 5 spots. Beverley lost at the No. 1 position in straight sets, but the other five single matches went to three sets with the Cougars taking four of them. Oswald and Reynolds each lost the first set in their matches, but rallied to win at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, respectively. Lindsay Ferrell won at No. 2 and Elizaveta Khoudoiarova won a hard-fought match at No. 5.
BYU will get no break and will travel to No. 18 Notre Dame to take on the Fighting Irish on Monday. The Cougars will also play No. 8 Tennessee and No. 36 Mississippi this week.
No. 1 Haynor/Wright (PU) def. Beverley/Reynolds (BYU) 9-8
No. 2 Fick/Woods (PU) def. Ferrell/Khoudoiarova (BYU) 8-3
No. 3 Oswald/Schneider (BYU) def. Iqbal/Zuccarini (PU) 8-6
No. 1 Melissa Iqbal (PU) def. Brooke Beverley (BYU) 6-1, 6-0
No. 2 Lindsay Ferrell (BYU) def. Gretchen Haynor (PU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
No. 3 Lu Oswald (BYU) def. Melissa Woods (PU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
No. 4 Dominique Reynolds (BYU) def. Shawna Zuccarini (PU) 3-6, 7-6, 7-5
No. 5 Elizaveta Khoudoiarova (BYU) def. Lyndsey Fick (PU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
No. 6 Amy Walgenbach (PU) def. Nicole Schneider (BYU) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5