Cougars Sweep Aggies in Home Opener
PROVO -- The BYU women's tennis team pulled out a 7-0 sweep over in-state rival Utah State on Friday. With the win the Cougars improve to 2-1 on the season.
"It was good for us to get out there and just work through some things," said BYU head coach Craig Manning. "We played really well in both singles and doubles today and we're excited to play tomorrow."
The Cougars came out strong from the start, winning all three doubles matches. Seniors Anastasia Surkova and Jennifer Miccoli competed together for the first time since the 2007 season, easily defeating the Utah State duo of Brianna Harris and Bridgette Strickland (8-2).
Surkova continued her success, scoring BYU's first singles point after a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Hailey Swenson. The remaining Cougar players quickly followed suit, as Elizaveta Ezhova, Kristina Doerr, Chie Hayasaka, Elle Carney and Jocelyn Jensen all came away victorious.
The Cougars have a quick turnaround, as they prepare to face a tough No. 53 Arkansas team tomorrow, which includes the country's No.1 ranked singles player, Aurelija Miseviciute.
"We just need to focus a little bit in preparation for tomorrow," said Manning. "Focus is the biggest thing for us. If we can concentrate tomorrow that would be good."
The match is set to begin at noon at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts, followed by a 5:30 p.m. match between the BYU men's tennis team and Eastern Washington. Admission to both matches is free and all parking is open to the public on Saturdays.
No. 28 BYU-7
1. Surkova/Miccoli (BYU) def. Harris/Strickland (USU), 8-2
2. Chang/Doerr (BYU) def. Swenson/Watts (USU), 8-1
3. Ezhova/Hayasaka (BYU) def. AJohnson/Perry (USU), 8-0
1. K. Doerr (BYU) def. B. Harris (USU), 6-4, 6-0
2. A. Surkova (BYU) def. H. Swenson (USU), 6-0, 6-0
3. E. Ezhova (BYU) def. B. Strickland (USU), 6-1, 6-0
4. C. Hayasaka (BYU) def. B. Watts (USU), 6-3, 6-2
5. E. Carney (BYU) def. T. Perry (USU), 6-0, 6-0
6. J. Jensen (BYU) def. J. Johnson (USU), 6-1, 6-0
Women's Tennis Home Opener on Friday
PROVO -- The No. 28 BYU women's tennis team will host its first home matches of the season this weekend when it takes on Utah State and No. 53 Arkansas on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Several Cougars faced Utah State opponents at the BYU Invitational earlier in the fall season. Sophomore Kristina Doerr defeated Brianna Harris (6-3, 6-4) in the first round of singles, eventually going on to win the tournament.
The Cougars will have their hands full when they face Arkansas' Aurelija Miseviciute, who is currently ranked as the No. 1 singles player in the country. Miseviciute and doubles partner Ela Kaluder are nationally ranked No. 12, along with No. 45 Maryori Franco and Nanar Airapetian.
BYU's match against Utah State will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and the match against Arkansas will start at noon on Saturday. Admission to both matches is free. BYU "Y Lot" parking is available to visitors after 4 p.m. on Fridays and all BYU parking is open to the public on Saturdays.