Cougars hang tough in 4-3 loss to Oregon
PROVO, Utah — BYU women’s tennis fell 4-3 to Oregon Thursday afternoon at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts, in a competition that took more than four hours and 20 minutes to play and went right down to the wire.
Despite early leads in both doubles and singles play, and then a late comeback in the No. 5 and No. 6 singles spots, the Cougars weren’t able to hold on against the Ducks, who came into Provo on a three-match winning streak, which included two wins over top-25 teams.
BYU falls to 7-12 on the season with the loss. Oregon is now 12-5.
After Oregon took the doubles point, BYU battled back with singles wins from Bobo Huang in the No. 2 spot (6-1, 6-2) and Emily Astle in the No. 3 spot (6-1, 6-4) to make it 2-2 after the first three singles matches completed.
Oregon took the fourth singles match, making it 3-2 and forcing BYU to need to win both of the final singles matches to get the win.
Xenia De Luna took care of business first, with a 6-4, 6-1 win in the No. 6 spot, tying the overall score at 3-3, and setting up a winner-take-all showdown in the final singles match of the day, with all eyes on Court 1.
Kara Lin just came up short for the Cougars, battling hard in a 6-4, 2-6, 1-6 result. It was the only match of the day that went to three sets.
Next up for the Cougars is a home West Coast Conference matchup against San Diego on Saturday at noon.
- Martinez Moral/Luescher def. Heimuli/Jiao: 6-3 (2nd)
- Mulville/Petchey def. Abramyan/Huang: 6-2 (1st)
- Astle/Lin vs. Young/Teixido: 4-5 (DNF)
- Luescher def. Heimuli: 6-4, 6-4 (2nd)
- Huang def. Petchey: 6-1, 6-2 (1st)
- Astle def. Texido Garcia: 6-1, 6-4 (3rd)
- Young def. Smith: 6-4, 6-4 (4th)
- Martinez Moral def. Lin: 4-6, 6-2, … (6th)
- De Luna def. Mulville: 6-4, 6-1 (5th)
Women's tennis returns home after long road stretch
PROVO, Utah – Women’s tennis comes back home for the first time in over a month to take on Oregon and WCC foe San Diego. BYU looks to improve its record after splitting its matches last weekend.
The Cougars open play this week against the Ducks. Oregon is 11-5 on the season and is currently on a three-match win streak beating two Top 25 teams. The Ducks are 3-1 in common opponents this year, defeating Portland 6-1, and most recently Washington State 5-2 and No. 20 Washington 4-0. BYU leads the all-time series 4-3 and looks to add another win on Thursday afternoon as the Ducks are 1-2 in away matches.
BYU will close out the week by taking on WCC competitor San Diego. The Cougars and the Toreros faced off during the ITA Kick-off Weekend in January with San Diego sweeping BYU 4-0. The Toreros have boasted a 12-3 record this season, 3-0 in conference while also going 2-2 on the road and is currently on a seven-match win streak. San Diego currently leads the all-time record with BYU 7-4.
BYU takes on Oregon Thursday, March 31 at 12 p.m. MDT and San Diego Saturday, April 2 at 12 p.m. MDT.