BYU women's tennis opened its 2018 season in perfect fashion at home Friday, defeating Weber State, 7-0, at the Indoor Tennis Courts.
“I'm happy that we were able to go out and perform,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. "The girls worked hard the last two weeks in practice and I think it paid off today. We are making great progress and I'm looking forward to continue to improve each match."
The Cougars (1-0) started off hot, earning two quick doubles victories over the Wildcats (0-3). Senior Mayci Jones and sophomore Kate Cusick took on Weber State’s McKenna Lloyd and Sara Parker to earn BYU’s first victory of the day, 6-1. Sophomores Samantha Smith and Polina Malykh also won 6-1, defeating Morgan Dickason and Tereza Pilzova of the Wildcats.
In her first match home match back from injury, Jones came out strong in No. 1 singles. She faced Weber State’s Caitlin Herb and earned a decisive 6-2, 6-1 victory. Playing second singles, freshman Anastasia Abramyan battled Pei-Hsuan Kuo of Weber State in the closest match of the day. The two went back and forth, but Abramyan came out on top, 6-4, 2-6, 10-6 (tiebreaker), and won her first match at home.
Freshman Madeline Almeida (third singles) helped BYU keep the advantage by defeating Weber State’s Pilzova, 6-1, 6-4. Cusick continued from her strong, earlier play and defeated Dominque Beauvais of Weber State, 6-2, 6-3. Smith earned a quick victory in the first set against Dickason in No. 5 singles, then fought hard to pull out the win, 6-1, 7-5. Sophomore Malykh topped off the Cougars' perfect record for the day, winning 6-2, 6-3 over Lloyd.
BYU will travel to Long Beach State to take on the 49ers on Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. PST.