BERKELEY -- The No. 44 BYU women's tennis team went into its match with No. 12 California as the big underdog and could not pull off the upset, losing 4-0. The Golden Bears took two doubles matches and won the first three singles matches off the court to clinch the victory over the Cougars.
In doubles play, Elizaveta Khoudoiarova and Rebecca Pike came close at the No. 3 position but fell short, losing 8-6. At No. 1, the No. 22 tandem of Christina Fusano and Raquel Kops-Jones was too much for the No. 43 pair of Brooke Beverley and Dominique Reynolds, winning the match 8-4.
The Golden Bears won three straight matches in straight sets to clinh the victory on singles play. The wins came in the middle of the singles lineup, at No. 3, 4 and 5. Brooke Beverley lost 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3, falling to No. 65 Jieun Jacobs. At No. 4, Rebecca Pike fought hard in her match but lost 6-4, 6-0. Nicole Havlicek knocked off Lindsay Ferrell 6-2, 6-2 to give the Bears the hard-fought victory.
This was the second straight season a BYU tennis team was knocked out by Cal. In 2001, the BYU men's tennis team lost 4-1 to Cal in a contest that was tighter than the score would indicate.
No. 1 No. 22 Fusano/Kops-Jones def. No. 43 Beverley/Reynolds (BYU) 8-4
No. 2 Jacobs/Scheldt (CAL) vs. Ferrell/Oswald (BYU) DNF
No. 3 Arquelles/Havlicek (CAL) def. Khoudoiarova/Pike (BYU) 8-6
CAL WINS DOUBLES POINT
No. 1 No. 22 Raquel Kops-Jones (CAL) vs. Lu Oswald (BYU) DNF
No. 2 No. 52 Christina Fusano (CAL) vs. Dominique Reynolds (BYU) DNF
No. 3 No. 65 Jieun Jacobs (CAL) def Brooke Beverley (BYU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 4 Jody Scheldt (CAL) def. Rebecca Pike (BYU) 6-4, 6-0
No. 5 Nicole Havlicek (CAL) def. Lindsay Ferrell (BYU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 Kristen Case (CAL) vs. Elizaveta Khoudoiarova (BYU) DNF
CAL WINS MATCH 4-0
PROVO -- After a successful regular season and strong showing at this year's MWC Women's Tennis Championships, BYU's tennis team was selected as one of 64 teams to compete in this year's NCAA Tennis Championships.
The No. 44 Cougar women will play hosts California (12-9), on Friday, May 10. Other teams competing in the regional are Fresno State and Washington State.
Lu Oswald and Dominique Reynolds will lead the BYU effort in singles play with Reynolds joining Brooke Beverley on doubles.
"We're definitely looking forward to playing in the tournament," said BYU tennis coach Craig Manning. "We've had plenty of rest and we have everybody healthy. We will need to play very good tennis if we want to advance into the next round."