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BYU's 4-1 win over Pacific confirms trip to WCC Tournament
PROVO, Utah — Strong doubles play catapults BYU women's tennis to a 4-1 win over Pacific and confirms trip to West Coast Conference Tournament next week.
"I'm proud of the way we came out in doubles," BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. "They're a good team and had some good points, but we stayed tough and finished strong in No. 1 and 2 doubles. Then we just really tried to carry that energy in to singles and I really felt like that helped us have a lot of confidence in singles play. We just want to build off of our great tennis today and take it into Senior Day tomorrow."
The Cougars (12-8, 5-3 WCC) started off hot in double play to begin the match. Sophomores Kate Cusick and Polina Malykh in No. 2 doubles earned a quick, commanding 6-1 win over Pacific's (6-11, 2-5 WCC) Anneroos Nederstigt and Sabrina Rodriguez.
No. 1 doubles' duo, senior Mayci Jones and freshman Anastasia Abramyan wasted no time to follow up their teammates win, with a 6-1 victory of their own over Maayan Sela and Dohee Lee of Pacific to give BYU the doubles point. No. 3 doubles did not finish.
Abramyan carried over her excellent doubles play in to No. 2 singles against Lee once again. The freshman only dropped one game the entire match for a decisive 6-0, 6-1 victory to give BYU a 2-0 lead.
In No. 3 singles, Malykh extended the Cougars' lead to 3-0 with a strong 6-2, 6-1 win over the Tigers' Karina Vyrlan. However, Pacific's Anna Ramos Vinolas answered back in No. 4 singles in a tight battle against Cusick to win 6-2, 6-4 and put the Tigers on the board.
With a two point lead, freshman Madeline Almeida sealed the deal in No. 5 singles with 6-2, 6-1 victory over Nederstigt to give BYU the 4-1 win. No. 1 and 6 singles did not finish.
After Friday's victory, the Cougars have guaranteed a spot in the WCC tournament next week. The remaining matches this weekend will determine final seeding for the championship.
BYU finishes off the regular season tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. MT at the Outdoor Tennis Courts and will honor lone senior Jones before the match begins. Admission is free and complementary pizza will be provided to all those in attendance. Live stats for the match can be found on the Cougars' online schedule.
BYU 4, Pacific 1
1. Mayci Jones (BYU) vs. Maayan Sela (PAC) 6-2, 4-6, 4-3, unfinished
2. Anastasia Abramyan (BYU) def. Dohee Lee (PAC) 6-0, 6-1
3. Polina Malykh (BYU) def. Karina Vyrlan (PAC) 6-2, 6-1
4. Anna Ramos Vinolas (PAC) def. Kate Cusick (BYU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Madeline Almeida (BYU) def. Anneroos Nederstigt (PAC) 6-2, 6-1
6. Samantha Smith (BYU) vs. Sabrina Rodriguez (PAC) 6-3, 3-3, unfinished
1. Anastasia Abramyan/Mayci Jones (BYU) def. Maayan Sela/Dohee Lee (PAC) 6-1
2. Polina Malykh/Kate Cusick (BYU) def. Sabrina Rodriguez/Anneroos Nederstigt (PAC) 6-1
3. Taylah Beckman/Samantha Smith (BYU) vs. Karina Vyrlan/Anna Ramos Vinolas (PAC) 3-4, unfinished
Pacific 6-11, 2-5
BYU 12-8, 5-3 WCC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,3,4,5)
BYU finishes off regular season play at home against Pacific, Saint Mary's
PROVO, Utah — The BYU women's tennis team will complete regular season play this weekend at home against West Coast Conference opponents Pacific on Friday, April 20, at 12:00 p.m. MT and Saturday against Saint Mary's at 11:00 a.m. MT.
The Cougars look to bounce back after a difficult WCC road trip and losses to both Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine. Sitting at 11-8 overall and 4-3 in league play, BYU has now taken the fifth seed in the conference and will need at least one win this weekend to secure a spot in tournament play. The WCC Conference Tournament takes the top six seeded teams in the league to compete.
The team will also honor the lone senior on the team, No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles player Mayci Jones, as she competes for the Cougars at home one final time on Saturday.
The Tigers are coming off two loses this weekend to WCC foes Portland and Gonzaga, falling to 6-10 on the season and 2-4 in league play. Pacific now sits in the seventh seed and comes to Provo needing to win out this weekend for a chance to play in the WCC Conference Tournament.
The Gaels earned two big victories at home against Portland and Gonzaga to launch the them into second place in the WCC. After four consecutive wins, Saint Mary's currently sits at 12-7, 6-2 WCC as they come to Provo to finish off regular season play.
Live stats for both matches can be found on BYU's online schedule. The matches will be played on the Outdoor Tennis Courts weather permitting and admission is free. Complementary pizza will also be provided to all the spectators in attendance.