Outdoor Tennis Courts
150 E Provo UT 84602
PROVO, Utah – In the final home match of the 2017 season, BYU women's tennis fell 4-1 to LMU on Saturday.
BYU's four seniors, Mayci Jones, Natella Nabieva, Demi Perkinson and Savannah Ware-Avina, were honored prior to the match.
"Today was a little disappointing for Senior Day, and I felt we came out flat in doubles and that carried into singles," BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. "We made a push after the first set in several of the singles matches but it was a little too late. Hopefully we can learn from this and move forward and be ready to go in our next match against Santa Clara."
After the Lions (12-7, 4-3 West Coast Conference) defaulted the third doubles matchup, BYU (7-11, 2-3 WCC) failed to capitalize on courts one and two. LMU won 6-3 and 7-5 to score the first point of the contest.
In singles, the Cougars picked up an automatic point after LMU defaulted the No. 6 singles match to keep the score even at 1-1. The Lions' Slobhan Anderson defeated BYU freshman Kate Cusick 6-4, 6-0 at third singles to give LMU a 2-1 lead. Fourth singles finished next with the Lions' Camila Tumosa defeating freshman Samantha Smith 6-1, 7-5, and LMU clinched the match for the 4-1 victory after Slvira Juravliova defeated Nabieva 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 2 singles slot.
BYU will travel for its final two regular-season matches next weekend. The Cougars visit Santa Clara on Friday, April 21, with the match starting at 11 a.m. PDT before facing San Francisco on Saturday, April 22, at 11:30 a.m. PDT. Information regarding live stats can be found on the BYU women's tennis schedule page.
LMU 4, BYU 1
1. Savannah Ware-Avina (BYU) vs. Jessica Perez (LMU) 2-6, 5-4, unfinished
2. Elvira Juravliova (LMU) def. Natella Nabieva (BYU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Siobhan Anderson (LMU) def. Kate Cusick (BYU) 6-4, 6-0
4. Camila Tumosa (LMU) def. Samantha Smith (BYU) 6-1, 7-5
5. Taylah Beckman (BYU) vs. Micheline Aubuchon (LMU) 6-4, 4-2, unfinished
6. Demi Perkinson (BYU) def. No player (LMU), by default
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,3,4,2)
PROVO, Utah – Following a road victory over Pacific, BYU women's tennis returns to Provo this weekend for its final two home matches of the season.
The Cougars (7-9, 2-2 West Coast Conference) first host No. 17 Pepperdine (13-4, 5-0 WCC) on Friday, April 14 at noon MDT and face Loyola Marymount University (10-7, 2-3 WCC) on Saturday, April 15 at noon. Both matches will be played at the BYU tennis courts.
BYU is led by seniors Savannah Ware-Avina, Natella Nabieva and Demi Perkinson, who will be playing in the final home matches of their careers. Senior Mayci Jones will also be honored as well. The Cougars look to continue their winning momentum, having won four of the last five matches, including a 4-1 win over Pacific last weekend in which Nabieva clinched the victory. BYU currently sits in the fifth spot in the WCC standings and looks to secure a berth in the WCC tournament.
Pepperdine remains perfect in WCC play with a 5-0 record including recent wins over San Francisco and Santa Clara. The Waves will attempt to extend an eight-match winning streak and are led by Luisa Stefani who holds a No. 9 national singles ranking. In addition to Stefani, three other Waves' players hold national rankings including Ashley Lahey at No. 21, Mayar Sherif Ahmed at No. 32 and Laura Gulbe at the No. 103 singles position. Sherif Ahmed also holds a No. 6 doubles ranking along with teammate Christine Maddox.
LMU looks to rebound after a 4-2 conference loss against Santa Clara. The Lions are in eighth place and have lost three of the past five matches with a 2-3 road record on the season. Prior to Saturday's match, LMU will travel to take on San Diego.
Live stats will be available on the BYU schedule page. Admission is free to the public and free pizza will be provided.