Sydney Zenger | Posted: 16 Mar 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

The Cougars fall in heartbreaking Deseret First Duel matchup, 4-3

main image
Image

PROVO, Utah –  The BYU women’s tennis team fell 4-3 to Utah in the Deseret First Duel at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts on Saturday.

Polina Malykh continued her winning streak, taking her ninth win in a row. Her 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 win over Emily Dush in No. 3 singles increased her season record to 10-2.

Kate Cusick and Anastasia Abramyan started doubles strong for the Cougars with a 6-3 victory in the No. 1 position over Utah’s Brianna Chisholm and Madison Tattini. After a tough battle in No. 2, BYU’s Madeline Almeida and Malykh fell to the Ute’s Whitney Hekking and Leah Heimuli 6-4. With doubles tied up, the point came down to the No. 3 position; the Cougars’ Taylah Beckman and Samantha Smith pulled through in a close 7-6 (7-5) match against Utah’s Dush and Lindsay Hung.

In the No. 2 singles matchup, BYU’s Cusick fell to Utah’s Tattini 3-6, 2-6. The Utes then took the lead after the Cougars’ Almeida suffered a tight three-set loss, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 4-6 to Hung in the No. 4 position.

After Malykh’s win in No. 3 singles, BYU’s Abramyan defeated Chisholm in a No. 1 singles 3-5, 7-5, 6-4 match win. Then BYU’s Katie Fitt suffered a loss in another long match, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 1-6, to Utah’s Hekking in No. 5 singles. The Utes earned the narrow victory in No. 6 singles when Heimuli defeated BYU's Smith in the third three-set match of the day, 3-6, 6-3, 1-6.

The Cougars continue WCC play against Gonzaga on Friday, March 22, at 12 p.m. MDT at the BYU Outdoor Courts. A live stream and live stats will be available on the women’s tennis schedule page.

Doubles

  1. Anastasia Abramyan/Kate Cusick (BYU) def. Brianna Chisholm/Madison Tattini (UTAH) 6-3
  2. Whitney Hekking/Leah Heimuli (UTAH) def. Madeline Almeida/Polina Malykh (BYU) 6-4
  3. Taylah Beckman/Samantha Smith (BYU) def. Emily Dush/Lindsay Hung (UTAH) 7-6 (7-5)

Singles

  1. Anastasia Abramyan (BYU) def. Brianna Chisholm (UTAH) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
  2. Madison Tattini (UTAH) def. Kate Cusick (BYU) 6-3, 6-2
  3. Polina Malykh (BYU) def. Emily Dush (UTAH) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
  4. Lindsay Hung (UTAH) def. Madeline Almeida (BYU) 6-2, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4
  5. Whitney Hekking (UTAH) def. Katie Fitt (BYU) 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-1
  6. Leah Heimuli (UTAH) def. Samantha Smith (BYU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

Follow the Cougars

Instagram: @byuwtennis

Twitter: @BYUWTennis

Facebook: BYU Women's Tennis

Recent Stories

Image
Jacque Dunyon and Kara Wheatley
BYU defeats Washington State 5-2 in Home Opener

BYU women's tennis defeated Washington State 5-2 in its home opener Saturday. The Cougars swept the doubles matches,…

Image
Avery Pope Up Next
BYU to Host Washington State for Home Opener on Saturday

BYU women's tennis is set to host Washington State for its home opener on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 12:00 p.m. MST on the…