PROVO -- The BYU women's tennis team won its first match of the season Friday by beating Utah State 7-0. The Cougars were able to defeat the Aggies without dropping a single set.
"Everyone played really well today," said BYU head coach Craig Manning. "We really hit out today and we were able to beat a great team."
With Lu Oswald out of the lineup with an injured right shoulder, Manning had to come up with some new doubles pairings and a different singles lineup.
Leeza Klempner of BYU stepped in at the No. 2 singles spot and was able to come away with an impressive 6-1, 6-1 victory over Carolyn Larsen. Freshman Olga Boulytcheva won her first match as a Cougar by beating Lindsey Bennion 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3 singles.
"I knew that we were playing well but I just didn't know how we were going to come out after all that happened this week with Lu," Manning said. "But we came out a really hit out today. Our goal this year is to prove to everyone that we have depth on this team. I think we were able to show that today."
The Cougars will next be in action next week when the host Weber St. on Friday, Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. and in-state rival Utah on Saturday, Feb. 8 at noon in Provo.
1. Reynolds/Klempner (BYU) def. Pollock/Bennion (USU) 8-5
2. Schneider/MacFarlane (BYU) def. Larsen/Holly Anderson (USU) 8-1
3. Pike/Boulytcheva (BYU) def. Smith/Hansen (USU) 8-0
1. Dominique Reynolds (BYU) def. Caroline Pollock (USU) 6-2, 6-3
2. Leeza Klempner (BYU) def. Carolyn Larsen (USU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Olga Boulytcheva (BYU) def. Lindsey Bennion (USU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Rebecca Pike (BYU) def. Richelle Ferguson (USU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Nicole Schneider (BYU) def. Jill Smith (USU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Hadley MacFarlane (BYU) def. Andrea Hansen (USU) 6-3, 6-2
Cougars to Host Utah State
PROVO -- The No. 57 BYU women's tennis team (0-2) will be looking to win its first match of the season when they host Utah State (1-0) this Friday at 1 p.m. in Provo.
The Cougars dropped the first two matches of the season last week when they lost to No. 61 Kansas State 4-3 and to No. 44 Kansas by the same score. The two losses dropped the Cougars in the national rankings from No. 48 to No. 57.
The Cougars returned home from Kansas with key injuries to Lu Oswald and Rebecca Pike. BYU head coach Craig Manning didn't know if they would be able to play this weekend
"We're playing well right now," Manning said. "We played two really good teams on the road last week and gave them a really good run. The injuries some of the girls are dealing with are a bit of a setback, but we're just trying to work things out. We just need to focus on this week's match with Utah State."
The Aggies of Utah State come into this week's match with a 1-0 record. They defeated Montana State 6-1 last weekend at home.
"Utah State is a tough team, especially at the top of the lineup," Manning said. "I think we should have enough depth to overcome them though."
This week's match will be held at 1 p.m. this Friday at the BYU tennis courts or the indoor courts in case of inclement weather.