Rick Parker, USU Staff Photographer
Utah State tennis player Lucy Octave in a match against Southern Utah.

LOGAN —Utah State women's tennis (4-6, 0-0 MW) is set to return to the courts for its first match in almost two weeks when it travels to Provo to face BYU (5-4, 0-0 WCC) on Friday, March 8, at 10 a.m. This will be the start of an eight-match road trip for the Aggies.

"Ever since I have taken over the program at USU, we have had tremendous matches against BYU," said head coach Sean McInerney. "They are a very talented program and have had a great spring thus far. This is a great opportunity for our team to go on the road against one of the best teams on our schedule and see how we matchup. We are looking forward to it."

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Utah State is led by freshman Sidnee Lavatai with a 6-2 mark in dual matches, playing mostly at the No. 6 spot. Sophomore Alexandra Pisareva is 3-2, while junior Lucy Octave is 4-4, as she has gone 3-0 at the No. 4 spot. In doubles, the duo of Lavatai and Pisareva are 5-0, playing in the bottom two doubles positions, while Octave and freshman Annaliese County are 6-2 in dual matches, and are 3-1 in both the second and third spot. Overall, the Aggies have used six different doubles pairs in dual matches this season.

Overall, BYU leads the all-time series 9-1. The Cougars are coming off a five-match road trip, most recently falling to Fresno State, 4-3. The Cougars are led by Polina Malykh with a 7-2 mark in dual matches, while Madeline Almedia is 5-3, while the duo of Samantha Smith and Kate Cusick have three wins apiece. In doubles, the duo of Smith and Taylah Beckham are 6-2, while Almedia and Malykh are 4-2 playing together.