By Amy Young
After a split decision in South Carolina, the BYU women?s tennis team returns to Provo to face their first MWC challenger, taking on the University of Utah today at the Indoor Tennis Courts at 4 p.m.
?It will be a tough match, and we?ll have to be ready to go,? BYU head coach Craig Manning said.
The No. 24 Cougars, 4-0 when playing an unranked opponent and 5-1 at home this season, will need to start out strong and play hard throughout the lineup. The Utes? Emily Kwok, a former No.1 player in British Columbia, will be a challenge for BYU?s Lauren Jones, but the biggest challenge will be the Cougars themselves.
?A match is a match,? Manning said. ?When we step out on the court we?re not worried about conference rivalries. It comes down to us; we?re competing with ourselves.?
BYU will also face Notre Dame at home Saturday at noon. The Irish may be a tight matchup for the Cougars as they currently rank 22nd in national polls. While BYU has its rackets full with two tough opponents coming to town, they still have home court advantage.