Women Host Ranked Foes

Freshman Elle Carney, and the rest of the BYU women's tennis team, will face two ranked opponents this weekend. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The No. 58 BYU women's tennis team will return home to host a pair of dual matches against ranked opponents in No. 49 Boise State and No. 72 Texas Tech this weekend. The Cougars (2-5) hope to rebound after suffering a loss to Notre Dame on Feb. 5.

"We're excited to get back and play here at home," said BYU head coach Craig Manning. "Things are getting better and we're improving in every match we play. Our main focus is to keep progressing."

Boise State (2-1) is coming off a pair of successful sweeps against No. 67 Utah and Eastern Washington. The nation's 81st ranked singles player, Bianca Jochimsen, is helping to lead the Broncos, along with the No. 40 doubles pair of Polina Kokoulina and Pichitira Thongdach.

Having lost only one match so far this season as well, Texas Tech will come to Provo after securing two home wins over North Texas and No. 68 Nevada last weekend. Two of the Red Raiders' freshmen, Simone Templeton and Kelsy Garland, remain undefeated in singles actions so far this season.

BYU's match against Boise State will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday and the match against Texas Tech will start at noon on Saturday. Boise State and Texas Tech will face each other at 3 p.m. on Friday.

All matches will be played at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts and admission is free. BYU "Y Lot" parking is available to visitors after 4 p.m. on weekdays and all BYU parking is open to the public on Saturdays.