Four Cougar Wins Highlhight BYU Invitational
PROVO -- At the end of the three-day Invitational, the BYU women's tennis team came away with some tough wins and sense of confidence early in the season.
"This was a great competition for our girls," head coach Craig Manning said. "Overall, it was a great week. I thought our girls did a great job and had some good wins. We had some disappointing losses, but they all played hard, especially against some tough competition."
The first two days brought much success with difficult wins for the women's singles players as each Cougar went undefeated for the first two rounds.
The three doubles teams held strong in the first day of play. The second round brought some tough losses as only team advanced to the final draw. BYU's Rebecca Pike and Lauren Jones defeated Nelly Dvornicka and Zorana Roganovic of Washington State 8-1.
The three singles winners of the tournament were Barbora Zahnova, Lauren Jones and Hadley McFarlane. The lone doubles team to come off with a win was Lauren Jones and Rebecca Pike.
For the second consecutive year, Jemima Haywood and Erin Polowski of Boise State have walked away with the doubles final win. BYU's Barbora Zohnova and Sofia Holden fell to the Boise State duo 8-2.
In the Invitational of 2002, the BYU women's tennis team only had one player make it to the finals, Dominique Reynolds who lost to Sanja Hansson of Colorado State in a hard fought match. This year, with three singles wins and a doubles win, coach Manning is pleased with the effort of each girl.
Barbora Zahnova (BYU) def. Jemima Haywood (BSU) 6-0, 6-2
Sofia Holden (BYU) def. Lauren Jones (BYU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
Hadley McFarlane (BYU) def. Alyssa Ayling (BSU) 7-5, 6-3
Chris Martinez (WSU) def. Rebecca Pike (BYU) 6-4. 6-3
Zorana Roganovic (WSU) def. Nicole Schneider (BYU) 6-2, 6-2
Telena Koprivieu (BSU) def. Tatyana Ugorich (CSU) 6-2, 7-3
Jasmin Signh (CSU) def. Dina Naffa (BYU) 6-2, 6-2
Jones/Pike (BYU) def. Dvormicka/Roganovic (WSU) 8-1
Haywood/Polowski (BSU) def. Holden/Zahnova (BYU) 8-2
Fodor/Gaal (WSU) def. McFarlane/Schneider (BYU) 8-5
BYU Women's Tennis Team to Host Invitational
PROVO -- The BYU women's tennis team will host the BYU Invitational this week beginning on Thursday and playing the final draws on Saturday.
The Cougars will host teams from Washington State, Boise State, Weber State, Colorado State, Utah and Utah State.
"These are all tough teams and I'm just really looking forward to see what the girls can do," head coach Craig Manning said. "They've worked really hard and this will be a great test."
All matches will be played on the BYU outdoor courts located south of the Smith Fieldhouse. In case of inclement weather, matches will be moved to the indoor courts.
Play will begin on Thursday at 10 a.m. with the first singles draw. The invitational will feature both a singles and doubles main draw with consolations brackets for those who get beat.
The final singles draw will be played Saturday at 11:30 a.m. with the final doubles being played Friday at 4:30 p.m.
This year's team will be backed by experience and strength with six returning players and four new recruits. The three new players include freshman Lauren Jones from Mission Viejo, Calif., freshman Sofia Holden from Mexico City, Mexico and senior Barbora Zahnova from Tranava, Slovakia.
The Invitational will be the first tournament for the women's tennis team this season. With the three new recruits, head coach Craig Manning is eager to see how they will do in actual match play.
"We haven't played a lot yet, so this will be a great chance to see the team in competition," Manning said. "The girls are ready for this week. We just need to play."
Manning said attitude is so important for them to do well this early in the season.
"It's a great opportunity for our team to get some early experience," Manning said. "It will be great to see them play together as a team. If they are positive and play hard, they will do well."
Senior Lu Oswald will not play in this week's Invitational as she is still recovering from shoulder surgery. Oswald suffered a tear to her rotator cuff last season and underwent surgery to repair the damage. Coach Manning hopes Oswald will be ready for Regionals in October.