Cougars Fall in First Conference Match


FORT WORTH, Texas -- The BYU women’s tennis team suffered a 6-1 loss to No. 65 TCU Friday and now prepares for Saturday’s match against New Mexico.

“The conditions were pretty tough today,” BYU interim head coach Lauren Jones Spencer said. “But I was really proud of the way Elle, Callie, Elizaveta played. They all had long matches and they played with a lot of heart.”

Elizaveta Ezhova came through for the Cougars (5-8, 0-1) in singles, defeating Idunn Hertzberg 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. Freshman Callie Craig of Orem, Utah, dropped a hard-fought match in the tiebreaker to Frederica Denti 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, (10-3). Elle Carney fell in a set tiebreaker 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).

In doubles, TCU (6-6, 1-0) took all matches. On Court 1 Horned Frogs Denti and Katariina Tuohimaa defeated Craig and Megan Price 8-6, while Ezhova and Desiree Tran fell 8-5 and Carney and Aubrey Paul fell 8-5 to their respective opponents.

"Tomorrow we're going to come out with lots of energy and keep it going the whole match and show we want to win," Spencer said.

Saturday, the Cougars will face New Mexico at 2 p.m. on TCU’s courts.

BYU vs. No. 65 TCU


1. Katariina Tuohimaa (TCU) def. Megan Price (BYU) 6-3, 6-1

2. Federica Denti (TCU) def. Callie Craig (BYU) 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 1-0 (10-3)

3. Gaby Mastromarino (TCU) def. Elle Carney (BYU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)

4. Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Desiree Tran (BYU) 6-2, 6-4

5. Elizaveta Ezhova (BYU) def. Idunn Hertzberg (TCU) 5-7, 6-1, 6-4

6. Shalini Sahoo (TCU) def. Aubrey Paul (BYU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-0

Order of finish: 1, 4, 6, 2, 3, 5


1. Federica Denti/Katariina Tuohimaa (TCU) def. Callie Craig/Megan Price (BYU) 8-6

2. Gaby Mastromarino/Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Elizaveta Ezhova/Desiree Tran (BYU) 8-5

3. Maria Babanova/Idunn Hertzberg (TCU) def. Elle Carney/Aubrey Paul (BYU) 8-5

Order of finish: 3, 2, 1