PROVO -- In its first Mountain West Conference match of the season, the BYU women's tennis team (3-2) was able to defeat Utah 6-1 in Provo on Saturday. The win gives the Cougars a 3-2 record and a three-game winning streak.
"With this being the first conference match of the year, I thought we really came out and executed well," said BYU head coach Craig Manning. "This match really helped us in the sense that we get a better indication of where we stand in the conference."
The Cougars were able to win the doubles point by sweeping at all three positions. This is the third straight match that BYU has won all three doubles.
"Our doubles are really playing awesome right now," Manning said. "Hadley (MacFarlane) and Nicole (Schneider) haven't lost a doubles match all year and Olga (Boulytcheva) and Rebecca (Pike) have won the last two matches while only losing two games."
In singles, Dominique Reynolds of BYU defeated Cassie Kasteler 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 1 spot. Leeza Klempner has filled in for Lu Oswald at the No. 2 spot by winning the last three matches. Against Utah, Klempner was able to defeat Sheri Esrock 6-1, 6-4. The lone Cougar to lose was Boulytcheva. She lost in straight sets to Ellen Svensson 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 3 position.
Schneider and MacFarlane remain undefeated in singles this season. Schneider beat Allison Hansen 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 5 spot and MacFarlane defeated Maria Svensson 6-0, 6-2 at No. 6. Both of them have a 5-0 record in singles.
BYU will have next week off to practice before they resume play on Monday, Feb. 17 when they host Oklahoma St. at 11 a.m. in Provo.
BYU def. Utah 6-1
Reynolds/Klempner (BYU) def. Kasteler/Svensson (UU) 8-3
Scneider/MacFarlane (BYU) def. Esrock/Alder (UU) 8-4
Pike/Boulytcheva (BYU) def. Hansen/Svensson (UU) 8-0
Dominique Reynolds (BYU) def. Cassie Kasteler (UU) 6-2, 6-1
Leeza Klempner (BYU) def. Sheri Esrock (UU) 6-1, 6-4
Ellen Svensson (UU) def. Olga Boulytcheva (BYU) 6-2, 6-3
Rebecca Pike (BYU) def. Rachel Alder (UU) 6-3, 6-3
Nicole Schneider (BYU) def. Allison Hansen (UU) 6-3, 6-4
Hadley MacFarlane (BYU) def. Maria Svensson (UU) 6-0, 6-2