Another Day, Another Win for Cougars
LAWRENCE -- The No. 61 BYU women’s tennis team earned its second win in as many matches Friday. The Cougars edged out Kansas 4-3 on the road, handing the Jayhawks their first home loss of the season.
“Things are going well,” BYU coach Craig Manning said. “We’re trying to push the girls to improve their performances and take it to the next level.”
Price quickly added to the Cougars’ total with a straight-set win on court five. McCall Jones continued BYU’s success with a win at No. 1. Junior Chie Hayasaka clinched the match for the team in a 7-6, 6-1 victory.
“Everybody’s fighting hard, has good attitudes and are doing everything they can,” Manning said.
Kansas came back to take the three remaining singles matches. Nedakovic and Ezhova both split sets before falling to their respective Jayhawk opponents in tiebreakers.
“When you’re trying to get people out of their comfort zones, they react differently. There have been mixed results,” Manning said.
The Cougars will continue their road trip with a match against No. 73 Oklahoma State Saturday. Play against the Cowgirls begins at 1 p.m.
1. Morozova/Horvath def. Doerr/Jones 8-4
2. Nedakovic/Price def. Svistun/Dorn 4-8
3. Carney/Ehzova def. Wilbert/Dzuba 4-8
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
1. McCall Jones def. Edina Horvath 1-6, 4-6
2. Ekaterina Morozova def. Kristina Doerr 6-4, 6-4
3. Chie Hayasaka def. Kunigunda Dorn 6-7 (5), 1-6
4. Yuliana Svistun def. Romina Nedakovic 4-6, 6-2, 10-5
5. Megan Price def. Maria Martinez 4-6, 3-6
6. Erin Wilbert def. Elizaveta Ehzova 6-3, 5-7, 10-4
Order of Finish: 5, 1, 3, 2, 6, 4
Women's Tennis Hits the Road for Three Matches
PROVO -- BYU will look to build on last week’s 4-3 win over Nevada with three road matches this week. The No. 61 women’s tennis team will face Kansas, Kansas State and No. 73 Oklahoma State.
BYU will begin the weekend against Kansas State Thursday. The Wildcats are coming off a 6-1 win over UALR that improved them to 3-2 on the season. The Cougars dropped only one singles match in last year’s 6-1 victory against KSU at home.
The squad will have a quick turnaround, facing Kansas Friday. The Jayhawks currently own a 5-3 record. They earned their fifth win of the season last week in a 7-0 sweep of UMKC. The Cougars defeated Kansas 7-0 last year in what Manning called one of the best performances of the year up to that point.
Saturday will bring another match, this one against No. 73 Oklahoma State. The Cowgirls most recent result was a 7-0 sweep of Abilene Christian, and they are now 5-4. BYU last met Oklahoma State in 2007, and the Cougars took the match 6-1.
The match against Kansas begins at 11 a.m. Thursday. Friday’s and Saturday’s matches both start at 1 p.m.