PROVO, Utah (March 15, 2002) ? The No. 43 BYU women?s tennis team played well, but could not win enough matches to knock off No. 41 Kansas State Friday night. The Wildcats won the doubles point and three of the first four singles matches to lead them to a 4-3 win.
?They were just too good for us today,? BYU head coach Craig Manning said. ?We played well and the doubles and the singles matches at No. 1 and No. 2 could have gone either way. We just happened to lose all three points.?
Dominique Reynolds and Nicole Schneider each won their singles matches after the team score was already decided. Reynolds won in straight sets yet again, and Schneider went to a 10-point tiebreaker in the third set to win.
Brooke Beverley, who teamed with Reynolds and won at No. 1 doubles, overpowered Petra Sedlmajerova at the No. 3 singles, winning the match 6-1, 6-2. The Cougars were unable to pull out any other matches though, and suffered their first loss to the Wildcats.
The Cougars will be back in action Saturday afternoon against Rice. The match will begin at 2 p.m. and the Cougars hope to get back to their winning ways.
No. 1 Beverley/Reynolds (BYU) def. Chuda/Jecminkova (KSU) 8-5
No. 2 Rosenberg/Sedlmajerova (KSU) def. Ferrell/Oswald (BYU) 8-6
No. 3 Castillejos/Cooper (KSU) def. Khoudoiarova/Schneider (BYU) 8-3
KSU WINS DOUBLES POINT
No. 1 Alena Jecminkova (KSU def. Lindsay Ferrell (BYU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
No. 2 Kathy Chuda (KSU) def. Lu Oswald (BYU) 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 Brooke Beverley (BYU) def. Petra Sedlmajerova (KSU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 Maria Rosenberg (KSU) def. Elizaveta Khoudoiarova (BYU) 6-2, 6-0
No. 5 Dominique Reynolds (BYU) def. Paulina Castillejos (KSU) 6-3, 6-3
No. 6 Nicole Schneider (BYU) def. Andrea Cooper (KSU) 6-4, 6-7, 10-7
KSU WINS MATCH 4-3
PROVO -- The No. 44 BYU women's tennis team goes for its second win in a row and fourth in five matches Friday at 6 p.m. against No. 41 Kansas State. The Cougars (5-7, 1-0) will then play Rice at 11 a.m. Saturday and No. 29 Texas Christian University Monday at 3 p.m. to conclude a seven-match homestand.
BYU is coming off an impressive win against Southern Methodist University, 6-1. The doubles teams for BYU came out strong and swept the matches to give BYU the early lead and the confidence to finish off the Mustangs.
"We've had these doubles teams for a while now and we're going to stick with them the rest of the year," BYU head coach Craig Manning. "We're playing a lot better now and the girls are getting better all the time."
The Wildcats (7-3) should prove to be stiff competition for the Cougars.
"Kansas State is going to be tough," Manning said. "They're getting better every year."
According to the rankings, the Cougars will have their toughest match Monday afternoon against TCU. BYU played Washington State when WSU was the No. 29 team in the country and narrowly lost the match. The Cougars hope to turn the tide and come out on top this time.
This weekend's matches will conclude BYU's home regular season. The Cougars will host the Mountain West Conference Championships Apr. 25-27, but will play the remainder of their conference schedule on the road.