Cougars complete fourth sweep of the year in win over Seattle
EUGENE, Ore. – BYU women’s tennis (7-4) bounced back from a tough loss to Oregon, defeating Seattle (0-4), 7-0, at the Student Tennis Center on Saturday.
Leah Heimuli and Emilee Astle teamed up as the No. 2 doubles team and quickly defeated Jade Lancaster and Hannah Grossman, 6-2. Anastasia Abramyan and Helen Jiao had the same result as they quickly raced past Michelle Bader and Hannah Gianan, 6-2. Kara Lin and Elizabeth Tullis completed the doubels sweep, defeating Martina Asciuto and Jillian Rasmussen, 6-4. With the Cougars’ doubles win, Seattle has now lost the doubles point in three of its first four contests.
The Cougars shook up their singles lineup, inserting Qianxin Kong and Tullis in place of Abramyan and Heimuli.
It didn’t take long for them to make an impact, as Tullis defeated Aranza Sanabria in the No. 6 spot, 6-1, 6-1. Kong finished next with a decisive 6-3, 6-1 win over Grossman to give BYU a commanding 3-0 lead. Xenia de Luna defeated Rasmussen, 6-0, 6-1 to clinch the match for the Cougars. With her win, de Luna matched a team best 5-0 record in singles play, tying Madeline Almeida Wanlass.
Lin picked up her fifth win of the year, winning 6-3, 6-2. Emille Astle kept things going BYU’s way as she picked up the Cougars’ fifth point of the match, defeating Alisa Sabotic, 7-5, 6-3, as the No. 2 singles match. The Redhawks’ Jade Lancaster battled back after dropping the first set 6-1 to Jiao, but Jiao was able to complete the sweep outscoring Lancaster 10-8 in a third set tiebreaker.
The Cougars return home for the first time in over a month to take on rival Utah on Wednesday, Mar. 3 at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts. The match will begin at 5 p.m. MST and be streamed online. The Utes (5-2) are coming off a 4-0 loss at Denver and are looking for their first road win of the season.
BYU 7, Seattle 0
1. Anastasia Abramyan/Helen Jiao (BYU) def. Michelle Bader/Hannah Gianan (SU), 6-2
2. Leah Heimuli/Emilee Astle (BYU) def. Jade Lancaster/Hannah Grossman (SU), 6-2
3. Kara Lin/Elizabeth Tullis (BYU) def. Martina Asciuto/Jillian Rasmussen (SU), 6-4
Order of finish: (2, 1, 3)
1. Kara Lin (BYU) def. Hannah Gianan (SU), 6-3, 6-2
2. Emilee Astle (BYU) def. Alisa Sabotic (SU), 7-5, 6-3
3. Helen Jiao (BYU) def. Jade Lancaster (SU), 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (8)
4. Xenia de Luna (BYU) def. Jillian Rasmussen (SU), 6-0, 6-1
5. Qianxin Kong (BYU) def. Hannah Grossman (SU), 6-3, 6-1
6. Elizabeth Tullis (BYU) def. Aranza Sanabria (SU), 6-1, 6-1
Order of finish: (6, 5, 4, 1, 2, 3)
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