"Today was a big day. We talked about coming back strong after a tough loss and the girls did just that," said BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer. "To win five out of six singles matches on the road is tough to do, but my girls wanted it and fought hard. It was a great ending to our first road trip of the season."
Doubles partners Cusick and Jones brought the Cougars (3-1) their first match victory of the day against the Aztecs (5-2). In No. 2 doubles, the duo beat Jana Buth and Paola Dias of San Diego State, 6-4. However, the Aztecs fought back to secure the first point of the match. In No. 3 doubles, sophomores Samantha Smith and Polina Malykh were just edged out by San Diego State's Magda Aubets and Nnena Nadozie, 6-4.
Freshman Anastasia Abramyan and junior Taylah Beckman in No. 1 doubles were defeated by San Diego State's Jenny Moinard and Mia Smith, 6-4, to give the Aztecs the 1-0 lead to start the match.
Down a point, Abramyan helped the Cougars get on the board with a convincing win over Aubets in No. 2 singles, winning 6-0, 6-3. Malykh, who remains undefeated in regular season singles play (4-0), in No. 5 singles gave BYU its first lead of the day taking down the Aztecs' Abbie Mulbarger, 6-2, 6-3, and making it 2-1. Freshman Hermehr Kaur at No. 6 singles extended the Cougars' lead with a victory over SDSU's Mia Smith, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, to put the Cougars up 3-1.
The Aztecs cut the lead to one in No. 3 singles as Moinard defeated freshman Madeline Almeida, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, giving the true freshman her first loss of the season in singles play. With the score 3-2 for BYU, Cusick clinched the dual match in No. 4 singles in a battle against Nadozie. The two traded sets throughout the match, including a tiebreaker in the first set, but Cusick overcame Nadozie, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5, 6-2, keeping Cusick's regular season singles play perfect (4-0) and making it 4-2 for BYU.
In the final match of the day in No. 1 singles, Jones competed against Buth in an intense match that ended with a tiebreaker in the first set. After losing the tiebreaker, Jones came back to beat Buth, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4, and give the Cougars the 5-2 victory over the Aztecs.
BYU returns to Provo to compete against Denver at home on Friday, Feb. 16, at 12 p.m. MST. Live streaming and stats will be available on the team's online schedule.