Anonymous | Posted: 6 Mar 2010 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Focused Play Earns Win

main image
Image


Click to watch the video.

PROVO -- The BYU women’s tennis team improved to 4-6 on the season Saturday after defeating Fresno State 4-1.

“This was the most focused the team has been in a match this season,” BYU coach Joey Johnson said. “The consistency and focus from top to bottom is great to see. This is a step in the right direction for us.”

In doubles play, Elle Carney and Chie Hayasaka made quick work of their opponents on court three to earn the first win of the day. Kristina Doerr and Romina Nedakovic clinched the point for BYU with an 8-4 win over Melissa McQueen and Julia Gragera-Cano.

At the No. 1 spot, No. 26 McCall Jones and Megan Price trailed their challengers 6-1. The sophomores couldn’t seem to settle into the match but winning two straight games was all it took to put them back on track. The Cougars tied things up at seven-all and played a tiebreak because the point was already decided. Despite getting ahead 6-4, the pair eventually fell 10-8 to give Fresno State its only doubles win.

Jones put the doubles match behind her as she overpowered Renata Kucerkova 6-1, 6-0 on court one. Hayasaka and Nedakovic picked up wins at the Nos. 4 and 3 positions, respectively, to secure the victory for BYU. The Bulldogs were able to get a win on court two where Laura Pola defeated Doerr.

Price and Carney both won their respective first sets but the matches were called due to time constraints and the final score stood at 4-1.

“I feel good about where we can go from here,” Johnson said. “We’re excited about Boise State next week, and we know that will be a big opportunity for the team.”

BYU will leave for a three-week road trip that begins next week in Idaho against No. 57 Boise State.

Results

BYU-4

Fresno State-1

Doubles

1. Kucerkova/Pola (FSU) def. No. 26 Jones/Price (BYU) 8-7 (10)

2. Doerr/Nedakovic (BYU) def. McQueen/Gragera-Cano (FSU) 8-4

3. Carney/Hayasaka (BYU) def. Mikhaylova/Modoc (FSU) 8-2

Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1

Singles

1. No. 52 M. Jones (BYU) def. R. Kucerkova (FSU) 6-1, 6-0

2. L. Pola (FSU) def. K. Doerr (BYU) 6-4, 6-2

3. R. Nedakovic (BYU) def. B. Modoc (FSU) 6-2, 6-4

4. C. Hayasaka (BYU) def. M. McQueen (FSU) 6-2, 6-3

5. M. Price (BYU) vs. J. Gragera-Cano (FSU) 6-1, 5-6 unfinished

6. E. Carney (BYU) vs. A. Mikhaylova 7-5 unfinished

Order of Finish: 1, 4, 3, 2

Recent Stories

Image
WTEN All-Academic Honors
Four Cougars receive WCC All-Academic Honors

Four BYU women’s tennis student-athletes were recognized for their academic success by the West Coast Conference on…

Image
BYU wten WCC honors
Abramyan, Heimuli, Jiao receive All-WCC honors

Seniors Anastasia Abramyan and Leah Heimuli along with sophomore Helen Jiao each received All-WCC honors, as voted on…

Image
BYU wten team
BYU Women’s Tennis 2020-21 Season Review

The BYU women’s tennis team ended the 2020-21 season with a 15-9, 4-4 West Coast Conference record and a fifth-place…

Image
Helen Jiao hits at the net against Pepperdine
Cougars fall to Waves in Senior Day finale

BYU women’s tennis (15-9, 4-4 WCC) was defeated by No. 7 Pepperdine, 7-0, on Senior Day at the Outdoor Tennis Courts…