Tennis Breezes Past Wichita State
WICHITA -- Rebounding from a tough loss to Arkansas Friday, the No. 44 BYU women’s tennis team downed No. 71 Wichita State 6-1. Strong play across the board gave the Cougars their third win of the season and the Shockers their first loss.
BYU (3-3) continued to find a way to win in doubles, sweeping all three matches to earn the first point. Identical 8-6 scorelines on every court gave the squad the upper hand going into singles play.
Wichita State quickly evened the score, earning its only point of the match in a victory on court three. The Cougars responded with straight-set wins by junior Kristina Doerr and freshman McCall Jones at the No. 2 and No. 1 positions, respectively.
Freshman Megan Price secured the win for BYU after overcoming a second-set tiebreak to get the victory. The Cougars’ final two points came from Chie Hayasaka and Elle Carney, who both split sets before eventually clinching their respective matches in tiebreaks.
The team will be back in action in two weeks when it hosts No. 14 Notre Dame Feb. 21 at noon.
No. 44 Brigham Young- 6
No. 71 Wichita State 1
1. Price/Jones (BYU) def. Dalmacio/Egorova (WSU) 8-6
2. Doerr/Nedakovic (BYU) def. Lazaroiu/Budiharto (WSU) 8-6
3. Carney/Hayasaka (BYU) def. Hanisch/Ferreira (WSU) 8-6
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
1. McCall Jones (BYU) def. Anna Egorova (WSU) 6-1, 6-1
2. Kristina Doerr (BYU) def. Stephanie Dalmacio (WSU) 6-0, 6-2
3. Lutfiana Budiharto (WSU) def. Romina Nedakovic (BYU) 6-0, 6-0
4. Chie Hayasaka (BYU) def. Florentina Hanisch (WSU) 7-6 (10-3), 2-6, 10-3
5. Megan Price (BYU) def. Lenore Lazaroiu (WSU) 6-2, 7-6 (10-4)*
6. Elle Carney (BYU) def. Laryssa Ferreira (WSU) 6-4, 3-6, 10-6
* denotes clinching the match-Order of Finish:3, 2, 1, 5, 4, 6
Midwest Foes Loom for BYU
PROVO -- A trip to the Midwest will bring stiff competition for the No. 43 women’s tennis team this weekend. The Cougars (2-2) will play No. 14 Arkansas Friday before heading to No. 71 Wichita State Saturday.
Arkansas is 3-1 on the season after losing to No. 17 Notre Dame last week. The Razorbacks lone point came from senior Aurelija Miseviciute, who is currently the No. 2 singles player in the country. Arkansas also has a player ranked No. 33 and the No. 8 doubles team.
The Cougars and Razorbacks met last season with Arkansas claiming the 5-2 victory. BYU earned its two points after winning two of three doubles matches and a three-set victory by Liza Ezhova.
Saturday will bring BYU head-to-head with Wichita State for the first time in the team’s history. The Shockers are 2-0 on the season after back-to-back sweeps last weekend.
Friday’s match against Arkansas begins at 5 p.m. CT and Saturday’s match starts at 6 p.m. CT.