PROVO -- The No. 66 BYU women's team won their second straight at home with a 5-2 win over No. 38 South Carolina, Saturday afternoon. The win improved the team to 6-8 on the season as it gains momentum heading into conference play.
"I'm very happy with the girls effort," head coach Craig Manning said. "The girls are starting to get confidence at the most important time of the year."
BYU won the doubles matches 2-1 to claim the doubles point. Despite a loss by top-seed seniors Dominique Reynolds and Liza Klempner, freshman Hadley MacFarlane and senior Tara Porter won a tight 9-8 match over Danielle Wiggins and Judi Kenoyar. Sophomore Rebecca Pike and freshman Olga Boulytcheva then defeated USC's Catherine Brown and Justine Walsh to secure the doubles point.
In singles, the Cougars won four of six matches over the Gamecocks with two close matches going to three sets. Tara Porter won 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 over Catherine Brown and Rebecca Pike came back to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 over Magda Wojdylo to secure the team victory.
"Tara (Porter) played very well today," Manning said.
Liza Klempner came through again with a solid 6-3, 6-3 win over Kathy Boyenick. Klempner was the key to yesterday's win over Boise State with a win over the No. 66 ranked singles player in the country.
Freshman Hadley Macfarlane won her match easily 6-0, 6-3.
The Cougars hopes to improve to .500 on the season at Albuquerque, N.M. next weekend as they face Air Force on Friday and host New Mexico on Saturday.
No. 66 BYU def. No. 28 Boise State 5-2
1. Boyanovich/Wojdylo (USC) def. Reynolds/Klempner (BYU) 8-3
2. MacFarlane/Porter (BYU) def. Wiggins/Kenoyer (USC) 9-5 (5)
3. Pike/Boulytcheva (BYU) def. Brown/Walsh (USC) 9-7
1. Liza Klempner (BYU) def. Kathy Boyanovich (USC) 6-3, 6-3
2. Jodi Kenoyer (USC) def. Dominique Reynolds (BYU) 7-6, 7-6
3. Danielle Wiggins (USC) def. Olga Boulytcheva (BYU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Rebecca Pike (BYU) def. Magda Wojdylo (USC) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
5. Tara Porter (BYU) def. Catherine Brown (USC) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
6. Hadley MacFarlane (BYU) def. Justine Walsh (USC) 6-0, 6-3
No. 38 South Carolina Next Team to Come to Provo
PROVO -- After a big win over No. 58 Boise State, the No. 66 BYU women's tennis team is looking to keep the winning streak alive as they face No. 38 South Carolina on Saturday at noon in Provo.
"The win over Boise State was really big for us because it helped build our confidence," said BYU head coach Craig Manning. "We have been playing well, we just haven't seen that in the final results. We hope the good play will continue against South Carolina."
The Gamecocks of USC come into Saturday's match with a 10-4 dual match record. USC improved to that record with a 6-1 win over Utah State on Friday afternoon in Logan, Utah. The match was the second straight win for the Gamecocks since losing three straight matches to nationally ranked opponents.
"South Carolina always has a tough team," Manning said. "They have had some big wins over some great teams and I expect them to come here ready to play us. We need to make sure we are ready to play and stay focused."
After the Boise State match, Manning was very pleased with the way his team is playing. Liza Klempner came up with a big win for the Cougars at the No. 1 singles spot and freshman Hadley MacFarlane continued her brilliant play against the Broncos with a win at the No. 6 position that clinched the victory for the Cougars.
"We are facing another ranked opponent in South Carolina, but I know that playing good teams is only going to make our team that much better," Manning said. "We need to be playing our best once conference play starts and playing ranked teams will help us play better."
After the Cougars face USC, they will begin conference play next weekend when they face Air Force on Friday and New Mexico on Saturday. Both matches will be played in Albuquerque, N.M.