Freshmen Push Netters to First Conference Win


FORT WORTH, Texas -- Freshmen Callie Craig and Desiree Tran put up key wins for the BYU women’s tennis team, giving the Cougars their first win in conference play against New Mexico 6-1 Saturday.

"Today was a great day for the team," BYU head coach Lauren Jones Spencer said. "The girls came out and played their game from the start. They all played with a lot of heart."

Tran recorded the first point for BYU (6-8) with a straight-set win against Nikolina Grbac (6-4, 6-2). Craig, an Orem, Utah native, took down Anya Villannueva 6-2, 6-1, followed by Senior Elle Carney’s win against Laura Richardson (6-0, 6-1).

Elizaveta Ezhova finished the win for the Cougars with her second singles win of the weekend, going 7-5, 6-2 against Michaela Oldani. After the match was won, Aubrey Paul of Sandy, Utah pulled off a win in the tiebreaker on Court 6 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5). Megan Price fought hard on Court 1, but fell 6-4, 6-4 to Michaela Bezdickova.

The Cougars swept in doubles action, with Craig and Price pulling off the quick win against Ashley Bonner and Anya Vilannueva 8-2. Carney and Paul teamed up for a Court 3 win against Lobos Kristin Eggleston and Richardson 8-5 and Ezhova and Tran completed the sweep by defeating Bezdickova and Grbac 8-5.

Up next for the Cougars, another weekend doubleheader, this time at home. BYU takes on Air Force Thursday at noon and Colorado State Friday at noon.

BYU vs. New Mexico



1. Michaela Bezdickova (UNM) def. Megan Price (BYU) 6-4, 6-4

2. Callie Craig (BYU) def. Anya Villannueva (UNM) 6-2, 6-1

3. Elle Carney (BYU) def. Laura Richardson (UNM) 6-0, 6-1

4. Desiree Tran (BYU) def. Nikolina Grbac (UNM) 6-4, 6-2

5. Elizaveta Ezhova (BYU) def. Michaela Oldani (UNM) 7-5, 6-2

6. Aubrey Paul (BYU) def. Kristin Eggleston (UNM) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5)

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


1. Callie Craig/Megan Price (BYU) def. Ashley Bonner/Anya Villannueva (UNM) 8-2

2. Elizaveta Ezhova/Desiree Tran (BYU) def. Michaela Bezdickova/Nikolina Grbac (UNM) 8-5

3. Elle Carney/Aubrey Paul (BYU) def. Kristin Eggleston/Laura Richardson (UNM) 8-5

Order of finish: 1, 3, 2