BYU women’s tennis falls in Lubbock

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Ari Davis
Natella Nabieva celebrates after a point at home earlier this season. After dropping the first set 6-2, Natella Nabieva battled back to win the next two sets, 6-3, 6-1 on Saturday against William & Mary. (Ari Davis)

The BYU women’s tennis team lost this weekend in Lubbock, Texas against Texas Tech and William & Mary, despite wins in the singles play.

Nicolette Poulsen fought in the singles play, winning the first Cougar point of the night. Savannah Ware also won her match with a three set tie break victory.

Mayci Jones lost in a closely contested match, tying the score at two a piece, followed by losses from Toby Miclat and Natella Nabieva and Beckman to give Texas Tech the victory.

BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said despite the loss, the team played solid.

“I’m proud of the way we fought in this match. Texas Tech is a great team and we were right there the whole match,” she said. “We definitely took a step in the right direction and played some really solid tennis.”

Despite coming back from a 0-3 deficit, the Cougars fell  4-3 against the College of William & Mary.

The Griffins came out strong by winning all of the doubles matches They continued to dominate, beating Jones and Beckman in two sets.

However, Miclat rallied and began the Cougar comeback with a  7-6, 6-3, victory. Nabieva followed her lead and come back to win in three sets. Poulsen tied up the match with a 7-6, 1-6, 6-0, finish, but Ware fell in a three-set match, resulting in a William & Mary victory.

The Cougars head home to take on the University of Utah in Salt Lake City at 5 P.M. on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

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