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Junior Polina Malykh claimed BYU's lone victory in its match against WCC foe Loyola Marymount.

Despite winning the No. 3 singles match, the BYU women's tennis team was defeated 1-4 by West Coast Conference foe Loyola Marymount.

Junior Polina Malykh highlighted the match with a dominant victory, 6-2, 6-3, over LMU’s Siobhan Anderson in No. 3 singles. Malykh’s win extended her season winning streak to 13 in a row. The Cougars are now 10-8, 3-3 WCC on the season.

The Lions came out swinging in doubles, winning two matches to claim the first point. BYU’s Anastasia Abramyan and Kate Cusick fell to Eva Marie Voracek and Vero Miroshnichenko, 2-6, in the No. 1 position. The Cougars’ Taylah Beckman and Samantha Smith battled to even out the match, but ultimately lost 2-6 to LMU’s Camila Tumosa and Elvira Juravliova in No. 3.

LMU collected three additional wins in singles despite the Cougars’ efforts to regain the lead. BYU’s Cusick dropped a 3-6, 2-6 match in No. 1 singles to Miroshnichenko. The Cougars’ Almeida then fell in a 1-6, 2-6 matchup at the No. 4 position to the Lion’s Elvira Juraliova. Despite rallying back in the second set, BYU’s Abramyan was bested in a No. 2 match, 1-6, 4-6, versus Voracek.

The Cougars host their final home match of the season against No. 8 Pepperdine on Saturday, April 13, at 12 p.m. MDT at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts. During the match, lone senior Taylah Beckman will be honored for her contributions and achievements to the team over the past four years. Live stats will be available on the women’s tennis schedule page.

Doubles

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  1. Eva Marie Voracek/Vero Miroschnichenko (LMU) def. Anastasia Abramyan/Kate Cusick (BYU) 6-2
  2. Madeline Almeida/Polina Malykh (BYU) vs. Siobhan Anderson/Lillian Gabrielsen (BYU) 4-4, unfinished
  3. Elvira Juravliova/Camila Tumosa (LMU) def. Taylah Beckman/Samantha Smith (BYU) 6-2

Singles

  1. Vero Miroshnichenko (LMU) def. Kate Cusick (BYU) 6-3, 6-2
  2. Eva Marie Voracek (LMU) def. Anastasia Abramyan (BYU) 6-1, 6-4
  3. Polina Malykh (BYU) def. Siobhan Anderson (LMU) 6-2, 6-3
  4. Elvira Juravliova (LMU) def. Madeline Almeida (BYU) 6-1, 6-2
  5. Taylah Beckman (BYU) vs. Yesica De Lucas (LMU), unfinished
  6. Samantha Smith (BYU) vs. Camila Tumosa (LMU), unfinished