BYU Women’s Tennis gets convincing victory over Colorado State

BYU came away with the win over Colorado State on Saturday after an exceptional performance saw the Cougars beat the Rams 6-1.

This was BYU’s second straight victory, and they now improve to 6-1 on the early season.

Where BYU really shined was, once again, their dominance in doubles. BYU has yet to lose a point in doubles play this season and Saturday was no different.

The two doubles tandems of Tina Li and Kara Wheatley, and Bobo Huang and Kaavya Sawhney, won their matches 6-2 and 6-1 respectively. This left all eyes on Emilee Astle and Kendall Kovick, who quickly fell to a 4-1 deficit.

“We both came out a little bit nervous,” Kovick said. “We lost this match last year, so we wanted to come out and play good doubles play, and I think it took us a little bit to settle in,”.

But once the duo got the momentum they needed, it was game over for the Rams.

Astle and Kovick fought their way back to force a tie breaker at 6-6, in an impressive display of athleticism and competitiveness. With teammates and fans cheering loudly the whole way through, the duo seemed to squeeze the tennis ball into the gaps that Colorado just couldn’t reach.

“The other two doubles matches having already won also kept our momentum going,” Kovick said. “It feels so much better with people cheering you on.”

The two utilized the extra help from spectators to win the tie breaker, giving BYU the 3-0 sweep in doubles.

“The reason we were able to win was because of our energy,” teammate, Bobo Huang, said. “We were able to fire each other up and cheer each other on.”

Results:

Doubles:

Astle/Kovick (BYU) def. Buzkova/Zhadzinskaya (CSU), 7-6 (4)
Huang/Sawhney (BYU) def. Lennon/Weekley (CSU), 6-3
Li/Wheatley (BYU) def. Richterova/Voeks (CSU), 6-2

Singles:

No. 100 Bobo Huang (BYU) def. Radka Buzkova (CSU), 6-2, 6-1
Zara Lennon (CSU) def. Tina Li (BYU), 6-2, 6-3
Kendall Kovick (BYU) def. Sarah Weekley (CSU), 6-1, 5-7, 6-1
Kara Wheatley (BYU) def. Sarka Richterova (CSU), 6-4, 6-0
Emilee Astle (BYU) def. Luana Avelar (CSU), 6-0, 6-2
Maddy Smith (BYU) def. Logan Voeks (CSU), 0-6, 6-3, 10-7

Up next:

BYU travels to California next weekend for matches against Fresno State on Friday, and Cal Poly on Saturday.

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