Women Get Big Win; Men Get Disappointed
PROVO -- Both the BYU women's and men's tennis teams were in action Saturday as the women hosted and beat the Washington Huskies while the men were upset by New Mexico at the Regional Playoff in Boise.
The women's team hosted the Denver Pioneers Friday night, 5-2, in a tough opening match of the season. Just 15 hours after ending that match, the Cougars took the court and beat the Huskies 5-1, winning two of the three doubles matches and four of five singles matches with one singles match not finishing.
"These are two really good teams to play the first week of the season," head coach Craig Manning said. "I was very concerned to play these teams without a warm-up match against a weaker team in our first two matches. At the same time, though, I was quietly confident that we could win. Playing these teams really helps us get going for the rest of the season."
Senior Lauren Jones battled sickness and an allergic reaction to win Friday and was forced to battle fatigue to win in Saturday's match. She easily took the first set against Washington's No. 1, Mathilde Cor, 6-2. The second set was a different story as Cor held every serve and broke Jones to take the second set 6-4. Jones broke first in the third set and went up 4-1, but Cor battled back to tie the set at four apiece. Jones held serve and had two break points to win the match, but she only needed one. She took the set and the match on a forehand that Cor could only hit long.
Other winners for the women's team included Anastasia Surkova, Kristina Doerr and Sofia Holden. Jenny Miccoli did not play in Saturday's match due to a stomach virus and Doerr took her spot with Surkova in doubles. Surkova and Doerr won in No. 1 doubles while Jones and Holden got the "W" in the No. 2 spot.
The men were not as fortunate as the women as they lost 4-0 to New Mexico. In October, they earned the No. 2 seed in the Regional Playoff including Boise State at No. 1, New Mexico at No. 3 and UNLV at No. 4. BYU was looking forward to a shot at Boise State, but New Mexico stopped the Cougars in their tracks and swept them in four straight singles matches.
The men's next match will be Thursday, Jan. 25 at UC Irvine. Their next home match will be a doubleheader on Feb. 2 against Northern Arizona University and the University of San Francisco. The women host Washington State on Friday, Jan. 26 at the BYU Indoor Tennis Facility, a match that will feature Jones' second chance at No. 85 Eka Burduli who beat Jones in a three-set tiebreak at the BYU Invitational in September. The match will start at noon and admission all Cougar tennis matches is free.
BYU vs. The University of Washington
1.Lauren Jones (BYU) d. Mathilde Cor (UW) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
2. Anastasia Surkova (BYU) d. Tara Simpson (UW) 6-3, 0-6, 6-1
3. Kristina Doerr (BYU) d. Victoria Brymer (UW) 6-3, 6-3
4. Sofia Holden (BYU) d. Melinda Wong (UW) 6-2, 6-1
5. Chie Hayasaka (BYU) d. Joyce Ardies (UW) 6-4, 2-4 (ret. inj.)
6. Allison Rainey (UW) d. Dolly Chang (BYU) 6-0, 6-3
1. Surkova/Doerr (BYU) d. Brymer/Rainey (UW) 8-3
2. Jones/Holden (BYU) d. Ardies/Cor (UW) 8-5
3. Wong/Simpson (UW) d. Haysaka/Chang (BYU) 8-3
BYU vs. New Mexico
Kamil Pajkowski (UNM) d. Cassidy Mears (BYU) 6-3, 6-1
Johnny Parkes (UNM) d. Chip Hand (BYU) 6-3, 6-3
Miles Bugby (UNM) d. Cale Planck (BYU) 7-5, 6-3
Chris Parkes (UNM) d. Jonathan Sanchez (BYU) 6-0, 7-6 (7-4)
Max Jones (UNM) and James Ludlow (BYU) DNF
Graeme Kassautzki (UNM) and Dominik Kaufhold (BYU) DNF
Did not play
Men at Regional Playoff, Women on Home Courts
PROVO -- Both the BYU men's (No. 73) and women's (No. 30) tennis teams will be in action this weekend as the men travel to Boise for a regional playoff Saturday and the women open their season at home with matches against the University of Denver and Washington.
The men's team opened their season on Jan. 13 at home with a sweep of the Weber State Wildcats in preparation for the regional playoff, an opportunity earned after taking second place to Boise State at the Regional Championships during the fall season. The team will face off against New Mexico in the early match, and Boise State will match up against the UNLV. The winners of those two matches will face each other that afternoon.
"We had a good preparation here against Weber State, and I feel like we have a good chance in Boise," team captain Dominik Kaufhold said. "We're looking solid."
The women's team won the regional championships in the fall season and is looking to continue flexing its muscle with back-to-back matches against tough competition.
"This is going to be a tough first match for us and we need to be ready," head coach Craig Manning said. "We just can't wait to get the season going. You can only prepare so much."
The women's match on Friday will begin at 4 p.m. and Saturday's match will kick off at noon. The BYU Indoor Tennis Facility is located on the Brigham Young University campus, directly south of the Smith Fieldhouse and directly east of the soccer field. Admission to the match is free. BYU "Y lot" parking (yellow signs) is open after 4 p.m. on Friday to those without BYU parking passes, and all lots are open to the public on Saturday.