Cougars Lose Opener to No. 23 Huskies.
PROVO -- Senior Elizaveta Ezhova found success on the tennis court, despite the No. 73 BYU women’s tennis team losing 5-2 to No. 23 Washington Saturday.
"I thought the girls played really well," BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. "We were right there on all the courts."
In doubles, Ezhova and Elle Carney kept the match close as they battled Andjela Nemcevic and Samantha Smith on court No. 2. After tying 4-4, the Cougars took off to lead 7-4. Undeterred after losing the next set, the pair took the match 8-5.
Ezhova continued to shine with a straight-set win against Xu in singles, taking the match 6-3, 6-3 for BYU’s first point of the day.
"Liza has been playing really well," Spencer said. "She fought hard. Aubrey also played really well, coming through with a win for us."
Aubrey Paul gave the Cougars their last point with her win against Krsljanin 7-6, 6-3.
Price lost to No. 55 Chan in singles, 6-2, 6-1, followed by Carney losing to No. 6 Dy 6-2, 6-3. Craig fell in the tiebreaker, losing to Smith 7-5, 5-7, 10. Desiree Tran, who began playing with the Cougars in January, lost to Nemcevic 7-5, 7-6.
The Cougars will play USF Thursday in Hawaii at 2 p.m. MT, followed by a match with Hawaii Saturday at 5 p.m. MT.
No. 73 BYU vs. No. 23 Washington
1. Chan/Dy (UW) def. No. 53 Craig/Price (BYU) 8-1
2. Carney/Ezhova (BYU) def. Nemcevic/Smith (UW) 8-5
3. Krsljanin/Xu (UW) def. Paul/Young (BYU) 8-6
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
1. No. 55 V. Chan (UW) def. M. Price (BYU) 6-2, 6-1
2. No. 6 D. Dy (UW) def. E. Carney (BYU) 6-2, 6-3
3. S. Smith (UW) def. C. Craig (BYU) 7-5, 5-7, (10)
4. A. Nemcevic (UW) def. D. Tran (BYU) 7-5, 7-6
5. E. Ezhova (BYU) def. L. Xu (UW) 6-3, 6-3
6. A. Paul (BYU) def. A. Krsljanin (UW) 7-6, 6-3
Order of finish: 1, 2, 4, 5, 3, 6
Netters Play Home Opener Against Washington
PROVO -- The No. 73 BYU women’s tennis team is gearing up to take on No. 23 Washington Saturday at 11 a.m. at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts.
BYU is coming off a strong finish in the Memphis Winter Invitational, with nine singles wins and six doubles wins.
Team captain Megan Price received MWC honors for her two singles and three doubles victories. Freshman Callie Craig went undefeated with three singles wins and three doubles wins. Together, the No. 53 duo defeated No. 22 Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie of Ole Miss. Price also defeated No. 51 Kaitlyn Ritchie and Mallory Weber of Mizzou with Elle Carney.
Washington last played in the Michigan Invitational, which ended Tuesday, posting six singles wins and three doubles wins. Washington has two nationally ranked players, No. 6 junior Denise Dy and No. 55 senior Venise Chan.
The BYU Indoor Tennis Courts are located south of the Smith Fieldhouse. Spectators may park in the “Y Lot” parking lots northwest and southwest of the indoor courts.