Owls Scoreless Against Cougars
BOISE -- For the second consecutive day the No. 17 BYU women's tennis team (16-4, 3-0) blanked its opponent in the Barbara Chandler Classic, hosted by Boise State, as it shut out Rice in a 7-0 finish today.
"We struggled at the beginning and got down in doubles," head coach Craig Manning said. "But, the girls battled back, from being down, and won every match. Today was a great team effort."
The Cougars won all three doubles matches, taking the doubles point from Rice. Following the doubles matches, BYU had to fight to win all six singles spots.
No. 1 seed Barbora Zahnova got the Cougars started off well in singles as she toppled Rice's top seed Blair Disesa 6-1, 6-2. Following Zahnova, freshman Sofia Holden pushed past Lauren Archer in the third set tiebreaker to win 7-5, 4-6, 10-7.
Winning equally tough three-set matches for the Cougars were Lauren Jones, Rebecca Pike and Hadley Macfarlane. Sophomore Olga Boulytcheva finished her opponent in two sets 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 4 spot to help the Cougars seal the deal.
The Cougars will return home next week to face conference foes New Mexico on April 9th and Air Force the following day.
BYU 7, Rice 0
1. Zahnova/Holden (BYU) def. Disesa/Archer (Rice) 8-2
2. MacFarlane/Boulytcheva (BYU)def. Chong/Chao (Rice) 9-8
3. Pike/Oswald (BYU) def. Goodrich/Fisher (Rice) 8-5
1. Barbora Zahnova (BYU) def. Blair Disesa (Rice) 6-1 6-2
2. Sofia Holden (BYU) def. Lauren Archer (Rice) 7-5 4-6 10-7
3. Lauren Jones (BYU) def. Tracie Chong (Rice) 7-6 5-7 6-4
4. Olga Boulytcheva (BYU) def. Karen Chao (Rice) 6-4 6-3
5. Rebecca Pike (BYU) def. Yasmin Fisher (Rice) 5-7 7-5 10-3
6. Hadley MacFarlane (BYU) def. Annie Goodrich (Rice) 2-6 6-3 6-1
Cougars on the Road Against Broncos and Owls
PROVO -- The No. 17 BYU women's tennis team (14-4, 3-0) will be in Idaho this week to face Boise State Friday and No. 66 Rice University on Saturday in the Barbara Chandler Classic hosted by Boise State University.
In their last meeting with Boise State (11-5) on January 21, the Cougars tallied a 6-1 win over the Broncos. The Cougars were led by senior Barbora Zahnova as she and Hadley Macfarlane ousted Boise's top doubles seed in a come from behind 9-8 win. Zahnova later blanked Jamima Hayward in singles.
The Broncos are coming off three big wins in Hawaii where they recently defeated Kansas in a 6-1 decision and blasted Hawaii 5-2 on March 22nd.
The 8-8 Rice Owls picked up their last win two weeks ago over Central Florida. Rice dropped its last two matches to Houston and TCU in 5-2 and 6-1 outcomes. The Owls have played 11 of 16 matches at home with seven of their eight wins coming from home-court advantage.
The Cougars begin play in the Barbara Chandler Classic on Friday at 3 p.m. against host Boise State and finish up on Saturday at 1 p.m. as they face Rice respectively.