FRESNO, Calif. – The BYU women's tennis team fell 4-3 to Middle Tennessee on Thursday at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center in Fresno, California.
Senior Savannah Ware-Avina led the way for the Cougars, picking up wins in both singles and doubles.
BYU (3-6, 0-0 West Coast Conference) opened the doubles competition with Ware-Avina and freshman Samantha Smith defeating MTSU's (6-9, 0-3 Conference USA) Sarah Sediri and Luisa Zirilli 6-2 on court one. The Blue Raiders responded with a 6-4 win on court three before securing a close 7-5 victory on court two to take a 1-0 lead.
Middle Tennessee extended the lead to 2-0 after Zirilli overpowered Smith at the No. 4 singles slot with a 6-2, 6-4 win. BYU battle back to tie the match at 2-2 after freshman Kate Cusick defeated Costanza Magazzini 7-6 (5), 6-4 on court three and Ware-Avina won 6-4, 6-2 against the Blue Raiders' Maria Josefina Zehdner at first singles. Middle Tennessee clinched the match for the 4-3 win after picking up wins at fifth and sixth singles. Senior Natella Nabieva picked up the final BYU point of the match with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory over Lidia Burrows at first singles.
BYU remains in Fresno to face Fresno State tomorrow, Friday, March 10, at 10 a.m. PST. Fans can check the BYU schedule page for information regarding live coverage.
Middle Tennessee 4, BYU 3
1. Savannah Ware-Avina (BYU) def. Maria Josefina Zehdner (MTSU) 6-4, 6-2
2. Natella Nabieva (BYU) def. Lidia Burrows 7-6(5), 6-3
3. Kate Cusick (BYU) def. Constanza Magazzini (MTSU) 7-6(5), 6-4
4. Luisa Zirilli (MTSU) def. Samantha Smith (BYU) 6-2, 6-4
5. Marta Peris Herrero (MTSU) def. Taylah Beckman (BYU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Sarah Sediri (MTSU) def. Demi Perkinson (BYU) 6-4, 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,3,1,6,5,2)
PROVO, Utah – After a thrilling 4-3 comeback victory over Nevada last weekend, the BYU women's tennis team travels to California this week for two road matches.
The Cougars (3-5, 0-0 West Coast Conference) will face Middle Tennessee (5-8, 0-3 Conference USA) on Thursday, March 9 at 1 p.m. PST followed by a matchup with Fresno State (4-5, 0-0 Mountain West Conference) on Friday, March 10 at 10 a.m. PST. Both matches will be played at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center in Fresno.
BYU will attempt to earn its first road victory of the season The Cougars have performed well in doubles as of late, winning the doubles point in four of the past five matches. The Cougars are led in doubles by senior Savannah Ware-Avina and freshman Samantha Smith who hold a 5-2 doubles record in dual matches this season.
The Blue Raiders ended a four-game skid with a victory over 4-0 victory against San Francisco last weekend. Middle Tennessee State has also defeated Sam Houston, UT-Martin, Belmont and Lipscomb and will face Fresno State on Wednesday, March. 8.
The Bulldogs return to Fresno to protect a 1-0 home record after defeating Santa Clara on the road last week, 6-1. Fresno State's wins this season include matches against Eastern Washington and Sacramento State as well as a notable 5-2 victory over the University of Utah.
Fans can check the BYU schedule page for information regarding live coverage.