Ezhova Clinches Win Over Nevada
PROVO -- Playing in the last match of the night, freshman Elizaveta Ezhova's singles win ensured BYU's 4-3 victory over Nevada on Friday night. With the win, the No. 56 Cougars improve to 6-6 on the season.
With the overall match score tied at 3-3, BYU's hope for a victory rested on the shoulders of Ezhova, a native of Moscow, Russia. After dropping the first set 2-6, and with the cheers of her teammates behind her, Ezhova managed to pull out tough 6-2, 6-4 wins in the final two sets.
"[Ezhova] fought hard under pressure," said BYU head coach Craig Manning. "We're just trying to play one match at a time, and trying to learn and get better as we go."
Anastasia Surkova and Kristina Doerr also recorded singles wins for the Cougars at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. Doerr's 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 win came over the Wolfpack's No. 47 Maria Mizyuk.
In doubles action, everything went BYU's way, as the Cougars swept all three matches. Doerr and Dolly Chang maintained their perfect record with an 8-2 win over Caroline Bailly and Ly-Huong Dinh. Surkova and Jennifer Miccoli, along with Chie Hayasaka and Elle Carney soon followed with wins of their own.
The Cougars will face Kansas tomorrow at 12 p.m. MT at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts and admission is free. All BYU parking is open to the public on Saturdays.
Nevada - 3
No. 56 BYU - 4
February 29, 2008
1. A. Surkova (BYU) def. C. Bailly (Nevada) 6-3, 6-0
2. K. Doerr (BYU) def. M. Mizyuk (Nevada) 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
3. F. Devrye (Nevada) def. D. Chang (BYU) 6-1, 6-3
4. A. Hall (Nevada) def. C. Hayasaka (BYU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
5. E. Ezhova (BYU) def. L. Ogata (Nevada) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. L. Tan (Nevada) def. E. Carney (BYU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
1. Sukova/Miccoli (BYU) def. Mizyuk/Ogata (Nevada) 8-4
2. Chang/Doerr (BYU) def. Bailly/Dinh (Nevada) 8-2
3. Hayasaka/Carney (BYU) def. Hall/ Devrye (Nevada) 9-7
Nevada and Kansas Visit Provo
PROVO -- After splitting its two home matches last weekend, the No. 58 BYU women's tennis team returns to action, taking on Nevada and Kansas on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Cougars (5-6) are coming off a 6-1 win over Kansas State.
Nevada (1-4) dropped a grueling 4-3 match at No. 37 UC Irvine on Monday. The Wolf Pack won the doubles point, but went on to win only two of the six singles matches. The No. 47-ranked Maria Mizyuk leads Nevada in singles play.
Against Kansas (3-4), BYU currently leads the series 15-6, including a 4-3 win in its matchup last season. The Cougars have won the last three meetings between these two teams.
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. Come and enjoy popcorn, pizza and prizes.