Women’s tennis breaks losing streak

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    By Reed A. Peterson

    The BYU women”s tennis team had a great weekend. BYU won both of its matches this week defeating the University of New Mexico, 5-2, and Air Force Academy, 7-0.

    The Cougar victories come after nearly three weeks of rest from matches.

    The rest did the Cougars well. BYU broke a four-match losing streak with the victory over the Lobos on March 23.

    The Cougars dominated doubles play, winning all three matches by at least four points.

    Jodi Richardson and Brooke Ferney won at the number one spot, 8-2. Dominique Reynolds and Liza Khoudoiarova won at the number two spot and Lu Oswald and Lindsay Ferrell won at the number three spot.

    In singles, the Cougars continued strong play posting wins at the first three spots. Richardson defeated Natalia Alekhova, 6-1, 6-2. At the number two spot, Reynolds defeated Tjasa Suvak in three sets, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1). Ferney defeated Sandy Lukowski, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

    “It was a good team effort,” said BYU coach Craig Manning. “Everyone played very well. We fought hard.”

    Completing the two-game road sweep in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Cougars defeated the Air Force Academy, 7-0, on Saturday afternoon, March 24.

    BYU again dominated doubles by winning all three matches. BYU won all matches by five points or more.

    Richardson and Ferney won at the number one spot defeating Gina Black and Crystal Chuntraruk, 8-3. Dominique Reynolds and Liza Khoudoiarova won at the number two spot by defeating Laura Nigro and Brooke Parsons 8-3. Lu Oswald and Lindsay Ferrell finished the doubles dominance sweeping Heather Shelby and Ashlie Gee, 8-0.

    “Everyone played well,” said BYU coach Craig Manning. “We played really good in doubles today. It was good to have Lindsay Ferrell back and healthy.”

    In singles, the Cougars won in straight sets at every position. Air Force”s Heather Shelby took Lindsay Ferrell to a tie-breaker in the second set, but Ferrell came back to win the match 7-5, 7-6, (7-4).

    With the wins in Albuquerque, the Cougars improve to 8-6 on the season and 3-0 in the Mountain West Conference.

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