Loss on the Road for Women's Tennis
MINNEAPOLIS -- After its first road loss of the season to No. 75 Minnesota 6-1, the BYU women’s tennis team gears up to face No. 39 North Carolina State Saturday.
Elizaveta Ezhova and Desiree Tran pulled off the only doubles win for the Cougars (4-4), going 8-6 against Alexa Palen and Doron Muravnik on Court 2. No.77 Callie Craig and Megan Price fell to Natallia Pintusava and Alessandra Ferrazzi 8-6, while Elle Carney and Aubrey Paul fell to Magdalena Wiecha and Mariana Spilca 8-5.
Aubrey Paul, now 7-1 in singles for the season, put up the Cougars’ only point with her straight-set victory against Peta Forsyth 6-3, 6-0. Carney lost her singles match to Ferrazzi 6-2, 6-2 and Price fell to No. 74 Pintusava on Court 1 7-5, 6-3. Palen defeated Ezhova 7-6 (1), 6-1 to seal the win for Minnesota (4-3).
Tran put up a hard fight on Court 4, going to three sets before ending 6-0, 1-6, 7-5 for a Minnesota win. Craig also came back to tie the match in the second set 6-3, 5-7, but lost 1-0 (5) in the tiebreaker.
The Cougars play North Carolina State at 1 p.m. Saturday in Minneapolis.
BYU vs. No. 75 Minnesota
1. Pintusava/Ferrazzi (MINN) def. No. 77 Craig/Price (BYU) 8-6
2. Ezhova/Tran (BYU) def. Palen/Muravnik (MINN) 8-6
3. Wiecha/Spilca (MINN) def. Carney/Paul (BYU) 8-5
Order of finish: 3,1,2
1. No. 74 Natallia Pintusava (MINN) def. Megan Price (BYU) 7-5, 6-3
2. Alessandra Ferrazzi (MINN) def. Elle Carney (BYU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Yuliana Umanets (MINN) def. Callie Craig (BYU) 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (5)
4. Magdalena Wiecha (MINN) def. Desiree Tran (BYU) 6-0, 1-6, 7-5
5. Alexa Palen (MINN) def. Elizaveta Ezhova (BYU) 7-6 (1), 6-1
6. Aubrey Paul (BYU) def. Peta Forsyth (MINN) 6-3, 6-0
Order of finish: 6,2,1,5,3,4
Cougars Head to Minnesota
PROVO -- Back on the road after a successful weekend at Denver, the BYU women’s tennis team is gearing up for matchups with Minnesota and No. 55 North Carolina State this weekend.
The Cougars (4-3) will face Minnesota Friday at 6 p.m. in Minneapolis and North Carolina State Saturday at 1 p.m.
BYU (4-3) is undefeated on the road, holding a 4-0 road record.
In the lead for Minnesota is Natallia Pintusava with a 14-8 record. Pintusava and Magdalena Wiecha are 7-5 in doubles and Alessandra Ferrazzi and Alexa Palen are 8-9 for Minnesota.
North Carolina State boasts two ranked singles players, with Sanaa Bhambri ranked No. 23 and Sandhya Nagaraj ranked No. 76. The pair is also ranked in doubles at No. 7.
The Cougars will be on the road once more next week for matches against Fresno State and UC Irvine.