BYU Defeats Kansas State, 6-1
PROVO -- Just one day after falling to No. 39 Denver, the No. 56 BYU women's tennis team bounced back to record a 6-1 victory over Kansas State on Saturday. The Cougars improve to 5-6 on the season.
"We have a very, very talented team," said BYU head coach Craig Manning. "We have a lot of young players and right now we're trying to teach them to be accountable for what they're doing on the court. We did a much better job of that today than we did yesterday."
The Cougars gained an early lead after winning the doubles point. The No. 37 duo of Jennifer Miccoli and Anastasia Surkova contributed by recording a strong 8-2 win over K-State's Katerina Kudlackova and Olga Klimova.
In singles play, Surkova and Kristina Doerr defeated their respective Wildcat opponents in straight sets at the No.1 and No. 2 positions, respectively. After winning her first set 6-0, Dolly Chang edged out K-State's Vanessa Cottin for the 6-0, 7-6 (5) win.
BYU's only loss came at the No. 4 position with Chie Hayasaka dropping a tough three-set match to Antea Huljev.
Freshmen Elizaveta Ezhova and Elle Carney both notched wins for the Cougars, with Ezhova fighting her way to a close 7-6, 7-5 finish.
Up next BYU will next host Nevada and Kansas on Feb. 29 and March 1, respectively.
No. 68 Kansas State - 1
No. 56 Brigham Young University - 6
Feburary 23, 2008
1. Miccoli/Surkova (BYU) def. Kudlackova/Klimova (KSU) 8-2
2. Chang/Doerr (BYU) def. Yrureta/Huljev (KSU) 8-1
3. Chang/Hayasaka (BYU) def. Cottin/Guemas (KSU) 8-2
1. A. Surkova (BYU) def. V. Yrureta (KSU) 6-3, 6-2
2. K. Doerr (BYU) def. K. Kudlackova (KSU) 6-2, 6-1
3. D. Chang (BYU) def. V. Cottin (KSU) 6-0, 7-6(5)
4. A. Huljev (KSU) def. C. Hayasaka (BYU) 2-6, 6-1, 2-6
5. E. Ezhova (BYU) def. N. Vieira (KSU) 7-6, 7-5
6. E. Carney (BYU) P. Guemas (KSU) 6-1, 6-4
Two Ranked Foes Visit Provo
PROVO -- The No. 56 BYU women' tennis team continues its play at home this weekend when it hosts No, 39 Denver and No. 68 Kansas State on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Cougars are 4-5 on the season and 3-1 at home.
BYU's newly ranked doubles teams of No. 37 Jennifer Miccoli and Anastasia Surkova, and No. 46 Dolly Chang and Kristina Doerr will help lead the Cougars this weekend.
The 2007 season for BYU opened with a 5-2 win over Denver and the team looks to duplicate those results. The Pioneers currently have a perfect 7-0 record on the season after defeating Arkansas State last weekend.
The Cougars posted a 6-1 victory in their meeting with Kansas State last season. BYU leads the series 15-2, with its most recent loss to the Wildcats coming in 2003. K-State is coming off its first loss of the season, dropping a 6-1 match to No. 41 Tulsa.
Friday's match is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. MT with Saturday's set for 12 p.m. MT. Both matches will be played at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts and admission 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.