Cougars Earn Fourth Straight Conference Win
FORT COLLINS -- The winning streak continued on Friday as the No. 39 BYU women's tennis team defeated Colorado State 5-2, improving its record to 12-8 overall and a perfect 4-0 in Mountain West Conference play.
"Today was a tough match," said BYU head coach Craig Manning. "[CSU's] a good team. We are struggling to find our rhythm right now. Today was our first time playing outside so far this season, so it was good to get a feel for it."
The Cougars jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after winning doubles matches on the first and second courts. Anastasia Surkova and Jocelyn Jensen posted an 8-6 win over Laura Neal and Anette Pohjalainen. Dolly Chang and Kristina Doerr clinched the point for BYU when they pulled out a close 9-8 (3) win against CSU's Hilary Tyler and Lauren Strasburger.
In singles, No. 65 Surkova defeated Tyler in straight sets (6-3, 6-2), which No. 87 Doerr soon mimicked in her own match against Neal. Freshman Elle Carney guaranteed the win for BYU with her 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 win over the Rams' Caitlin Fluegge.
The Cougars' Chie Hayasaka continued the outstanding play she's exemplified all week, recording a 7-5, 6-3 win over Strasburger at the No. 3 position.
With the outcome of the match already decided, CSU earned two points after Pohjalainen defeated Chang 7-5, 6-3, and Elizaveta Ezhova retired from her match on court six.
BYU will compete again tomorrow against Wyoming at 10 a.m. PT
No. 39 BYU def. Colorado St, 5-2
April 4, 2008 - Fort Collins, Colo.
No. 1: Chang/Doerr (BYU) def. Neal/Tyler (CSU); 9-8 (3)
No. 2: Surkova/Jensen (BYU) def. Neal/Pohjalainen (CSU); 8-6
No. 3: Seltsam/Stople (CSU) def. Hayasaka/Carney (BYU); 8-4
No. 1: Anastasia Surkova (BYU) def. Hilary Tyler (CSU); 6-3, 6-2
No. 2: Kristina Doerr (BYU) def. Laura Neal (CSU); 6-3, 6-3
No. 3: Chie Hayasaka (BYU) def. Lauren Strasburger (CSU); 7-5, 6-3
No. 4: Anette Pojjalainen (CSU) def. Dolly Chang (BYU); 7-5, 6-3
No. 5: Elle Carney (BYU) def. Caitlin Fluegge (CSU); 6-4, 2-6, 6-1
No. 6: Greer Satherlie (CSU) def. Elizaveta Ezhova (BYU); 3-5, ret.
Women Visit Three Conference Foes
PROVO -- The No. 39 BYU women's tennis team takes its show on the road this week as it travels to meet three Mountain West Conference foes in Air Force, Colorado State and Wyoming. The Cougars hope to improve upon their 2-0 conference record (10-8 overall) in their quest to duplicate last season's undefeated record against conference opponents in regular-season competition.
Air Force is 5-15 overall this season and 0-3 in the Mountain West Conference after suffering losses to #53 New Mexico and #22 TCU in Fort Worth, Texas last weekend. The Falcons have had impressive seasons by several freshmen, including Sarah Cassman and Christen Monreal, who are tied for the team-lead with 18 overall singles wins.
On Wednesday, the Rams of CSU took a break from conference play, falling 7-0 to No. 27 Denver. With the loss the Rams fall to 6-6 on the season and remain 0-2 in MWC play.
The Wyoming Cowgirl tennis team (10-7 overall, 1-2 in the MWC) closed out the weekend with a 5-2 loss against the 22nd-ranked TCU Frogs, on Sunday morning, in Ft. Worth. This weekend will mark the last home matches for Wyoming this season.
BYU will take on Air Force at 10 a.m. on Thursday, with the match against CSU scheduled for 12 p.m. on Friday. The Cougars will conclude the trip with a 10 a.m. match against Wyoming on Saturday.