Cougars defeat Houston 4-1
HOUSTON, Texas – BYU women’s tennis claims a 4-1 victory on the road against the University of Houston, Saturday.
“This score definitely does not show how tough today's match was,” said BYU head coach Holly Parkinson Hasler. "Playing outside and adapting is not the easiest, but it has been fun seeing everyone step up at different times to take care of business when needed."
With the road win, the Cougars improved their overall record to 7-3 on the year and are on a two-game win streak.
BYU won the doubles point early for a 1-0 advantage heading into singles. No. 2 doubles team Polina Malykh and Emilee Astle recorded the first victory over Phonexay Chitdara and Manasi Reddy 6-1.
At No. 1 doubles, Kate Cusick Truman and Leah Heimuli secured the doubles point for BYU with a 6-2 win against Mimi Kendall-Woseley and Azul Pedemonti.
Anastasia Abramyan and Helen Jiao finished next in their No. 3 doubles match, falling 2-6 to Elena Tairyan and Jovana Vukovic.
Houston tied up the score at 1-1 in singles after Cusick Truman fell to Kendall-Woseley 3-6, 2-6 in No. 1 singles. BYU’s Abramyan was next to finish, defeating Stephanie Belovukovic in No. 4 singles 6-2, 6-3.
Heimuli rallied in No. 3 singles with a three-set victory over Pedemonti 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. Astle was the next BYU player to make a comeback in her No. 5 singles match after her three-set 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 victory secured the 4-1 match for the visiting Cougars.
Malykh and Jiao did not complete their No. 2 and No. 6 singles matches due to time constraints.
BYU returns to Provo for two home matches next week. The Cougars face the University of Arizona on Wednesday, Mar. 11, at 10 a.m. Following the matchup, BYU faces Saint Mary's Saturday, Mar. 14, at 10 a.m. to begin conference play.
- Kate Cusick Truman and Leah Heimuli (BYU) def. Mimi Kendall-Woseley and Azul Pedemonti (UH) 6-2
- Polina Malykh and Emilee Astle (BYU) def. Phonexay Chitdara and Manasi Reddy (UH) 6-1
- Elena Tairyan and Jovana Vukovic (UH) def. Helen Jiao and Anastasia Abramyan (BYU) 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
- Mimi Kendall-Woseley (UH) def. Kate Cusick Truman (BYU) 6-3, 6-2
- Polina Malykh (BYU) vs. Phonexay Chitdara (UH) DNF
- Leah Heimuli (BYU) def. Azul Pedemonti (UH) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
- Anastasia Abramyan (BYU) def. Stephanie Belovukovic (UH) 6-2, 6-3
- Emilee Astle (BYU) def. Elena Tairyan (UH) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
- Helen Jiao (BYU) vs. Jovana Vukovic (UH) DNF
Order of finish: 1, 4, 3, 5
Cougar women are at New Mexico and Houston this week in women's tennis action
PROVO, Utah – BYU women's tennis is back on the road for its next two upcoming matches.
The Cougars travel to Albuquerque to face the University of New Mexico on Thursday, Mar. 5, at 12 p.m. MDT. BYU then heads to Texas to take on the University of Houston, Saturday, Mar. 7, at 10 a.m. CDT.
BYU (5-3) is looking to get back to winning as it competes on the road. The team has gone 3-2 in its last five matches.
University of New Mexico
BYU holds a 35-4 record against the Lobos (3-5), with the Cougars winning the last five. This will be the first home match for New Mexico this season. The Lobos compete in the Mountain West Conference and are part of the ITA Mountain Region along with the Cougars.
University of Houston
The University of Houston has compiled an 8-5 record on the year and are on a two-match win streak along with an 8-4 mark when playing at home. BYU leads the overall series with Houston, 10-1.
Live stats and streams will be available on the BYU schedule page.