Cougars boast 11 victories in UCSB Classic
SANTA BARBARA -- The BYU women’s tennis team pulled off a triumphant finish in the UCSB Classic Saturday, recording 11 wins including the bracket A doubles title.
“I thought that we did really well today,” said Lauren Spencer, interim head coach for the Cougars. “We came up more focused. I think these wins gave us confidence and are helping us get a rhythm going.”
Success started with No. 2 seed Callie Craig and Megan Price pulling off a victory in doubles bracket A, beating Michelle Murphy and Erica Cano of UCSB 8-1. The pair went on to claim the title after an 8-5 match against No. 1 seed Ali Walters and Khunpak Issara of Pepperdine.
In singles, No. 4 seed Price swept UCSB’s Jill Damion 6-0, 6-1, but fell to No. 2 seed Walters of Pepperdine in the quarterfinals of bracket A 6-3, 6-1.
Huish lost to Ane McPike of Cal Poly and Alex McIntosh of UCSB in singles flight C.
The consolation rounds saw more success for the Cougars, with Craig coming out on top in her duels with Andrea Oates of Pepperdine and Sophia Bergner of Denver in flight A.
In the round-robin style consolation rounds for bracket B, Carney, Ezhova and Paul each put up a win—Carney defeating Kelsey Knight of Eastern Washington 6-4, 6-2, Ezhova defeating Chelsea Patton of Eastern Washington 6-3, 7-5 and Paul defeating Casey Reede of UCSB 6-1, 6-3.
Ezhova went on to beat Knight (3-6, 6-1, 6-0) and Paul beat Patton (6-3, 6-0) in the next round of consolation bracket B. Carney lost to Dunn of Denver after a grueling 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (4) match.
The Cougars now look ahead to the ITA Region VII Tournament, which runs from Oct. 13 to Oct. 17 and will be held in Las Vegas.
Cougars gear up for UCSB Classic
PROVO -- Competing in its third tournament of fall play, the BYU women’s tennis team heads to Santa Barbara, Calif., to take on athletes from around the West Coast in the UCSB Classic.
The tournament continues in singles play at 11:30 a.m., with freshman Craig taking on Kiersten Meehan of UCSB and No. 4 seed Price facing Khunpak Issara of Pepperdine in bracket A.
Carney, No. 1 seed for bracket B, also plays at 11:30 a.m., going up against Cal Poly’s Payne. At the same time, teammate Ezhova will face Amy Markhoff and teammate Paul will face Gabrielle Gatewood, both of Cal Poly.
Freshman Huish represents BYU in bracket C, which is a round robin style tournament. Huish will take on Eastern Washington’s Judy Liening Friday, and then will compete in matches against the other three players in bracket C.
Price and Carney won their last matches in the Cal Berkeley Invitational, both in the consolation quarterfinals of their respective brackets. The Cougars did not advance further in the tournament due to the BYU policy of not playing on Sunday.
Teams included in the UCSB Classic are Arizona, BYU, Cal Poly, Denver, Eastern Washington, Pepperdine and UCSB.
The tournament runs from Friday to Sunday.