Junior Rebecca Pike continues to dominate in doubles action. Pike teamed with Olga Boulytcheva in doubles to defeat San Diego State's third seed 8-0 on Friday morning in Las Vegas. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
LAS -- The No. 14 BYU women's tennis team (13-4,1-0) nearly blanked 67th-ranked San Diego State (4-9, 0-1) in a 6-1 decision.
BYU jumped out to an early lead by clinching the doubles point with wins from Barbora Zahnova and Sofia Holden on court No. 1 and Rebecca Pike and Olga Boulytcheva on No. 3. In the Zahnova/Holden match, BYU was down 5-2 and came back to post an 8-6 win over 25th-ranked Katalina Romero and Indra Erichsen.
Although the Cougars lost at the No. 2 doubles spot, the match was highlighted by the return of Senior Lu Oswald, who has suffered form back pains since January.
"It was great having Lu back in the line up today," head coach Craig Manning said. "Even though we struggled for the win at the No. 2 doubles spot, she brought a great inspiration to the team just by being able to play."
BYU nearly swept the Aztecs in singles action winning on five of the six courts, only dropping one set the entire match. BYU saw wins from Zahnova, Holden, Lauren Jones, Pike and Hadley Macfarlane. The only lost singles match was by Olga Boulytcheva who fell in the tiebreaker of the third set to Alesya Vidov 6-7, 6-1 (12-10).
The Cougars will be back in action tomorrow morning as they face No. 46 UNLV in Las Vegas for their second conference match. The match will begin at 10 a.m. PST.
BYU 6, SDSU 1
Zahnova/Holden (BYU) def. Romero/Erichsen (SDSU) 8-6
Vidov/Hauerlandova (SDSU) def. Macfarlane/Oswald (BYU) 8-4
Pike/Boulytehcva (BYU) def. Graf/Sanson (SDSU) 8-0
Barbora Zahnova (BYU) def. Dita Hauerlandova (SDSU) 6-1, 6-1
Sofia Holden (BYU) def. Katalina Romero (SDSU) 6-3, 7-5
Lauren Jones (BYU) def. Indra Erichsen (SDSU) 7-6, 6-3
Alesya Vidov (SDSU) def. Olga Boulytcheva (BYU) 6-7, 6-1 (12-10)
Rebecca Pike (BYU) def. Patricia Graf (SDSU) 6-3, 6-2
Hadley Macfarlane (BYU) def. Sarah Sanson (SDSU) 6-4, 6-3