PROVO, Utah – The BYU women's tennis team saw another strong doubles outing from senior Savannah Ware-Avina and freshman Samantha Smith, but fell 6-1 to the University of Utah on Friday at the BYU indoor tennis courts.
The Cougars (2-4, 0-0 West Coast Conference) got off to a fast start to win the doubles point. Ware-Avina and Smith finished first with a 6-4 victory at first singles. On court two, senior Natella Nabieva and freshman Kate Cusick defeated Utah's (3-1, 0-0 Pac-12) Jena Cheng and Taylor Calton 7-5.
In singles, the Utes stormed back with Briana Turley defeating Nabieva 6-2, 6-2 on court two and Cheng overpowering Smith, 7-6, 6-2 at fourth singles. With the Utes leading 2-1, Calton defeated BYU freshman Alana Bourgeois 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 5 singles slot. The deciding match came down to Ware-Avina and Pletcher on court one with Pletcher pulling out the three-set victory, 6-3, 4-6, 6-6 (4), to give the Utes a 4-1 clinch.
Utah also pulled out wins on court three and six to round out the match with a score of 6-1.
BYU takes the courts for another home match on Saturday, March 4, against the University of Nevada. The match will be played at 12 p.m. at the BYU indoor tennis courts. Admission is free to the public and free pizza will be served.
PROVO, Utah – After battling hard in two matches played last weekend in Hawaii, BYU women's tennis looks to rebound with two home matches this week.
The Cougars host the University of Utah in the Deseret Duel on Friday, March 3, at noon MST and the University of Nevada on Saturday, March 4, at noon with both matches being played at the BYU indoor tennis courts.
The Cougars (2-4, 0-0 West Coast Conference) are led by seniors Savannah Ware-Avina and Natella Nabieva. BYU looks to get back on the winning track after falling to Hawaii 5-2 last week and suffering a narrow 4-3 defeat to Long Beach State. The Cougars hold a 2-1 home record on the season.
The University of Utah (2-1, 0-0 Pac 12) comes into this week's match seeking its first road victory of the season. The Utes recorded home victories against the University of Wisconsin and New Mexico but suffered a 5-2 defeat on the road against Fresno State. Last season in Salt Lake on the Utes' home court, Utah defeated BYU by the score of 7-0.
Nevada (3-4, 0-0 Mountain West Conference) has dropped three straight matches following a 3-1 start to the 2017 season. The Wolfpack earned victories over Santa Clara, Sacramento State and Grand Canyon University. The Cougars last hosted Nevada in 2014, winning by a score of 5-2.
Admission is free and free pizza will be provided to fans attending the match. Live video and stats for the match are available on the women’s tennis schedule page.