Top-20 Arizona State Knocks Off Netters
TEMPE -- An Arizona road trip ended with a 7-0 loss for the BYU women's tennis team Saturday. WIth the result against No. 18 Arizona State, the Cougars drop to 4-9 on the season.
The Sun Devils struck quickly, collecting wins on all three courts to earn the doubles point. Liza Ezhova and Romina Nedakovic dropped an 8-3 decision at the No. 3 position. At the No. 1 spot, the No. 69 pair from ASU defeated McCall Jones and Kristina Doerr 8-4. Arizona State closed things out in pairs play by beating Elle Carney and Chie Hayasaka on court two.
In singles, Ezhova was the first victim of the Sun Devils' momentum. The junior fell 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 6 position. Classmate Carney followed with a 6-1, 6-2 loss on court five. ASU clinched the match with Nadia Abdala's straight-set win over Nedakovic.
The Sun Devils kept hammering away, securing victories on the remaining three courts. Jones was the only Cougar able to capture a set. The sophomore won the first set 6-4 but lost the second 4-6. She and Micaela Hein played a 10-point tiebreak rather than a full set because the match result was already set. Jones fell 10-4 in the tiebreak and Hein tallied another point for Arizona State. No. 78 Kelcy McKenna completed the sweep with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Doerr on court two.
BYU will finish its three-week road trip and open conference play next week in Salt Lake. The Cougars will face No. 48 Utah Saturday at noon.
No. 18 ASU- 7
1. No. 69 Abdala/Hein (ASU) def. Jones/Doerr (BYU) 8-4
2. Brown/McKenna (ASU) def. Carney/Hayasaka 8-5
3. Brycki/Smith (ASU) def. Ezhova/Nedakovic 8-3
1. Micaela Hein (ASU) def. No. 53 McCall Jones (BYU) 4-6, 6-4, 10-4
2. No. 78 Kelcy McKenna (ASU) def. Kristina Doerr (BYU) 6-4, 6-2
3. Nadia Abdala (ASU) def. Romina Nedakovic (BYU) 6-2, 6-1
4. Hannah James (ASU) def. Chie Hayasaka (BYU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Michelle Brycki (ASU) def. Elle Carney (BYU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Sianna Simmons (ASU) def. Liza Ezhova (BYU) 6-2, 6-3
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 3, 4, 1, 2
Cougars Remain on the Road
PROVO -- After traveling to Idaho last week, the BYU women’s tennis team will head south to take on Louisville and No. 18 Arizona State this weekend. The Cougars will play both matches in Tempe, Ariz.
“What we’re working toward is more consistency from the lineup, top to bottom,” BYU coach Joey Johnson said. “We want everybody playing to their potential.”
Last week, BYU fell to No. 46 Boise State 5-2. McCall Jones and Megan Price were the only players to get wins on the day, recording a pairs victory together and a singles win apiece. The sophomore duo moved to No. 26 in the rankings and Jones now sits at the No. 53 spot in singles.
“We’re on the cusp,” Johnson said. “Our challenge is to show we can compete at every position on a deeper level.”
Louisville will challenge BYU Friday in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The 7-4 Cardinals are coming off a 6-1 win over Cincinnati and have no players currently in the rankings.
Saturday the Cougars will face 9-2 Arizona State. The Sun Devils shot to No. 18 in the rankings after a 4-3 upset of then-No. 13 USC. BYU and ASU last played in 1992 when the Sun Devils came out on the winning end of a 9-0 decision. Kelcy McKenna is the only ranked ASU player, coming in at No. 78. The Sun Devils also have two ranked doubles teams at No. 68 and No. 69.
“Arizona State is a great team, and it will be a tough match,” Johnson said. “I’m excited to see if we can rise to the occasion. We have the skill if we can put it together as a group.”
In the fall, Cougars Kristina Doerr and Jones faced opponents from Arizona State at the Cal Berkeley Invitational. Doerr fell to McKenna in the first round and Jones defeated Ashlee Brown 6-4, 6-0. Jones and partner Megan Price also beat Brown and Sianna Simmons 8-2 in doubles at the same tournament.
First serve Friday is set for 1: 30 p.m. and Saturday’s match begins at 10 a.m. Both matches will take place at the Whiteman Tennis Center.