Cougars Sack USF in First Season Victory
HONOLULU -- Starting competition in Hawai’i with its first season win, the No. 73 BYU women’s tennis team took down the University of San Francisco 7-0 Friday.
The day started with a strong round of doubles for the Cougars (1-1), with No. 53 Callie Craig and Megan Price sweeping their match against USF’s Melinda Akerbraut and Julia Wartenburger 8-0 on court No. 1 and senior duo Elle Carney and Elizaveta Ezhova defeating Cecilia Gratian and Blair Reed 8-0. The win was Carney and Ezhova’s second-straight doubles win.
Sophomores Aubrey Paul and Andie Young dropped a hard-fought match to Cecile Duriez and Yurie Hashiguchi 8-5.
The Cougars didn’t let up in singles play. Five of the six singles matches were won in straight sets. Price led on court No. 1, with a victory over Wartenburg 6-2, 6-3. On court No. 2, Carney had a tough run with Duriez, but pulled away in the tiebreaker for a 2-6, 6-2, 11-9 win.
Freshman Craig only allowed her opponent one game, taking the match 6-1, 6-0 and fellow freshman Desiree Tran won 6-2, 6-4.
After coming off wins against No. 23 Washington, Ezhova and Paul kept their success rolling, each recording their second singles victory of the season. Ezhova won her match 6-2, 6-2 and Aubrey won 6-4, 6-1.
The Cougars have one day to practice and relax in the 80-degree Honolulu weather before taking on Hawai’i Saturday at 5 MT.
No. 73 BYU vs. USF
1. No. 53 Price/Craig (BYU) def. Akerbraut/Wartenburger (USF) 8-0
2. Carney/Ezhova (BYU) def. Gratian/Reed (USF) 8-0
3. Duriez/Hashiguchi (USF) def. Paul/Young (BYU) 8-5
1. M. Price (BYU) def. J. Wartenburger (USF) 6-2, 6-3
2. E. Carney (BYU) def. C. Duriez (USF) 2-6, 6-2 (11-9)
3. C. Craig (BYU) def. Y. Hashiguchi (USF) 6-1, 6-0
4. D. Tran (BYU) def. C. Gratian (USF) 6-2, 6-4
5. E. Ezhova (BYU) def. A. McMahon (USF) 6-2, 6-2
6. A. Paul (BYU) def. J. Mekpoh (USF) 6-4, 6-1
Netters Hit Hawai'i For Doubleheader
PROVO -- After a tough weekend at home, the No. 73 BYU women’s tennis team is ready to bounce back with a weekend doubleheader in Honolulu.
Thursday, the Cougars (0-1) will face future West Coast Conference opponent the University of San Francisco (1-0) at 2 p.m. MT. USF swept its home opener against Cal. State Bakerfield.
To finish off the competition, Cougars will face host Hawai’i (0-1) Saturday at 5 p.m. MT. Hawai’i lost its first match of the season 1-6 to No. 7 Duke.
In last Saturday’s match, BYU’s Elizaveta Ezhova went undefeated, with a win against No. 23 Washington’s Lina Xu in singles (6-3, 6-3) and an 8-5 doubles win with Elle Carney against Andjela Nemcevic and Samantha Smith.
Freshman Callie Craig leads the Cougars in singles, with an 11-5 record, followed by team captain Megan Price with a 10-6 record. In doubles, Craig and Price team up to dominate with an 11-3 record.
The Cougars’ will be home next weekend with another doubleheader, playing Washington State Friday and Boise State Saturday.