BYU comeback attempt falls just short at Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. – BYU women’s tennis (6-4) came just short of completing an upset, losing 4-3 to Oregon (5-1) on Friday at the Student Tennis Center.
Lillian Mould and Janice Tjen got things going for the Ducks, defeating Leah Heimuli and Emilee Astle, 6-1, to begin doubles play. In the No. 3 spot, Kara Lin and Elizabeth Tullis defeated Allison Mulville and Myah Petchey, 5-4, by retirement. It was the first win as a doubles partnership for Lin and Tullis. Oregon clinched the doubles point when Rifanty Kahfiani and Uxia Martinez Moral defeated Anastasia Abramyan and Helen Jiao, 6-3.
Lin was defeated by Kahfiani, 6-0, 6-3, to begin the singles matches. Xenia de Luna put the Cougars on the scoreboard after defeating Mulville, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. The Cougars faced a 3-1 deficit following a loss by Astle. Astle was defeated by Martinez Moral, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2. Martinez Moral is now 6-0 on the season in singles play.
Heimuli started the comeback for the Cougars as she defeated Mould, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Jiao kept things rolling, taking down Mulville, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, to lock the score at three. Abramyan then looked to close out the match for the Cougars. In the third set, Abramyan pulled ahead 5-4 with a chance to win it for BYU. Tjen showed why she is a combined 13-0 this season, as she scored two unanswered to pull ahead 6-5. After Abramyan forced a tie-breaker, Tjen was just able to beat out Abramyan, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3).
BYU will wrap up its trip to Oregon tomorrow, Feb. 27, with a match against Seattle. The match begins at 11:30 a.m. PST. The Redhawks (0-3) are searching for their first win of the season.
BYU 3, Oregon 4
1. Rifanty Kahfiani/Uxia Martinez Moral (UO) def. Anastasia Abramyan/Helen Jiao (BYU), 6-3
2. Lillian Mould/Janice Tjen (UO) def. Leah Heimuli/Emilee Astle (BYU), 6-1
3. Kara Lin/Elizabeth Tullis (BYU) def. Allison Mulville/Myah Petchey (UO), 5-4
Order of finish: (2, 3, 1)
1. Janice Tjen (UO) def. Anastasia Abramyan (BYU), 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3)
2. Leah Heimuli (BYU) def. Lillian Mould (UO), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. Rifanty Kahfiani (UO) def. Kara Lin (BYU), 6-0, 6-3
4. Uxia Martinez Moral (UO) def. Emilee Astle (BYU), 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
5. Helen Jiao (BYU) def. Allison Mulville (UO), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
6. Xenia de Luna (BYU) def. Madisen Olsen (UO), 6-4, 6-1
Order of finish: (3, 6, 4, 2, 5, 1)
BYU Looks to Rebound in Oregon
PROVO, Utah – BYU women’s tennis will be back on the road to face the Oregon Ducks (4-1) on Friday and Seattle Redhawks (0-3) on Saturday at the Student Tennis Center in Eugene, Oregon. The Cougars are coming off a pair of losses at Colorado and at Denver.
BYU Notes (6-3, 0-0 West Coast Conference)
- The Cougars are 6-3, most recently falling at Denver, 6-1.
- BYU has wins over Boise State, Sacramento State, Fresno State, Dixie State (twice) and Weber State. The Cougars have losses to Denver, Colorado and Cal Poly.
- The Cougars are coming off back-to-back losses for the first time since last February. A year ago, BYU answered, rattling off five wins in six matches before the season was cut short due to covid.
- BYU is led by senior Madeline Almeida Wanlass and sophomore Emilee Astle. The two combine for an 11-2 record in singles matches, including an impressive 5-0 start for Wanlass.
- BYU’s underclassmen have performed well so far this season, going 21-11 in singles play. Newcomers Xenia de Luna (3-0) and Elizabeth Tullis (2-0) are yet to lose a singles match. Sophmore Helen Jiao has the second highest winning percentage on the team with at least six matches played at .625.
Head Coach – Holly Parkinson Hasler
- Alma Mater: BYU, 1998
- Division I Career Record: 25-17 (3rd season)
- Record at BYU: Same
Oregon Notes (4-1, 0-0 Pac-12)
- Oregon is 4-1, with its most recent win coming over Eastern Washington, 6-1.
- Oregon has wins over Eastern Washington, Portland, Idaho and Portland State. The Ducks’ loss came on the road in the season opener at Gonzaga.
- The Ducks are led by Janice Tjen and Uxia Martinez. The two are each 5-0 in singles competition and are a combined 7-0 in doubles play. Oregon has only lost one doubles set through five matches.
- Oregon is a perfect 4-0 at home this season after opening up with a loss at Gonzaga.
- The last meeting between BYU and Oregon came on Mar. 14, 2015. No. 52 BYU defeated Oregon, 4-3, in Provo. BYU leads the all-time series 4-2.
Head Coach – Courtney Nagle
- Alma Mater: Oregon, 2005
- Division I Career Record: 19-23 (3rd Season)
- Record at Oregon: Same
Seattle Notes (0-3, 0-0 WAC)
- Seattle is 0-3 after losing to Portland State last week, 6-1.
- The Redhawks are looking for their first win of the year. They have losses to Portland State and Washington (twice).
- Seattle earned its first point of the season on Friday against Portland State after clinching the doubles point but lost all six singles matches.
- The lone meeting between BYU and Seattle came on Feb. 23, 2019. The Cougars came away with a 4-3 victory on the campus of Washington State.
Head Coach – Kristina Hollander
- Alma Mater: UNLV, 2010
- Division I Career Record: 0-3 (1st Season)
- Record at Seattle: Same
BYU Doubles Records
- Anastasia Abramyan & Madeline Almeida Wanlass (0-1)
- Leah Heimuli & Kara Lin (5-1)
- Emilee Astle & Helen Jiao (4-1)
- Madeline Almeida Wanlass & Elizabeth Tullis (2-0)
- Anastasia Abramyan & Elizabeth Tullis (2-0)
- Anastasia Abramyan & Qianxin Kong (0-1)
- Anastasia Abramyan & Helen Jiao (2-1)
- Leah Heimuli & Emilee Astle (1-2)
- Qianxin Kong & Kara Lin (2-1)
BYU Singles Records
- Anastasia Abramyan (3-3)
- Leah Heimuli (5-4)
- Kara Lin (4-4)
- Emilee Astle (6-2)
- Helen Jiao (5-3)
- Madeline Almeida Wanlass (5-0)
- Xenia De Luna (3-0)
- Elizabeth Tullis (2-0)
- Qianxin Kong (1-2)
Oregon Match Information — February 26
Time: 2:00 p.m. PST
Location: Student Tennis Center, Eugene, Oregon
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Live Stream: Oregon Live Stream
Seattle Match Information — February 27
Time: 11:30 a.m. PST
Location: Student Tennis Center, Eugene, Oregon