Tennis Team Heads to MWC Championship

The tennis teams head to the Mountain West Conference Tournament this week. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The BYU women’s tennis team will travel to Albuquerque, N.M. this week to play in the Mountain West Conference Tournament at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center. The Cougars will face New Mexico Thursday to open the tournament.

“We’re just going to try to do things we did well last time and improve in the areas we think we could do better in.” BYU coach Craig Manning said. “We match up well against New Mexico. It should be fun.”

A 5-3 record versus MWC opponents earned the No. 63 women’s team the No. 4 seed going into the championship. BYU will begin the tournament against fifth-seeded New Mexico. The Lobos fell 4-3 against the Cougars earlier this month.

Conference play began with four consecutive wins for BYU before the squad fell to reining champion TCU. The Cougars wrapped up the season with two losses, one to San Diego State and one to this year’s regular-season champion UNLV.

All matches will be played at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center. The opening round match for BYU begins Thursday at 2 p.m.

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2009 MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRINGS

Wednesday, April 22

10 a.m. MT Opening Round

No. 8 Wyoming vs. No. 9 Air Force

Thursday, April 23

10 a.m. MT Quarterfinal Match #1

No. 2 TCU vs. No. 7 Colorado State

10 a.m. MT Quarterfinal Match #2

No. 3 San Diego State vs. No. 6 Utah

2 p.m. MT Quarterfinal Match #3

No. 1 UNLV vs. Wyoming/Air Force Winner

2 p.m. MT Quarterfinal Match #4

No. 4 BYU vs. No. 5 New Mexico

Friday, April 24

10 a.m. CT Semifinal Match #1

TCU/CSU Winner vs. SDSU/Utah Winner

2 p.m. CT Semifinal Match #2

UNLV/WYO vs. AFA Winner vs. BYU/UNM Winner

Saturday, April 25

10 a.m. MT Championship Match