#21 BYU Out Hits Huskies, 6-1, in Season-Opener

Jan. 21, 2006

SEATTLE, Wash. - Taking the doubles point and the top five singles matches, the 21st-ranked Cougars of BYU defeated the 25th-ranked Washington women's tennis team by a 6-1 count today in the first dual match of the year for the Huskies (0-1). Melinda Wong, a freshman from West Seattle High School, scored UW's lone point with a straight set win at No. 6 singles.

It was Washington's first dual match under the supervision of Husky Head Coach Jill Hultquist, a former assistant with the program. Despite the loss it was still a good feeling for the new top Dawg.

'It was exciting, but a little nerve-wracking too,' Hultquist says. 'I was having fun and it was a good experience.'

In recent years, winning the doubles point has been a major hurdle for the women, and although the Huskies looked on track to reverse that trend early, BYU eventually came through to take the early 1-0 lead. Senior Dinka Hadzic and freshman Tory Brymer were victorious at No. 1 doubles, 8-3, but BYU responded by taking No. 3 doubles by an 8-2 margin. At the second doubles spot, sophomore Allison Rainey and junior Monika Kolbovic held a 5-3 edge, but the Cougar team of Olga Boulytcheva and Sofia Holden rallied to take the next five games to win 8-5 and give BYU the point.

In singles play, three of the first sets went to the Huskies while three were won by BYU, as a close finish looked likely. But the only Husky who held her momentum was Wong, playing in her first collegiate dual match. Wong controlled most of the match against Rana El Derwy, moving her opponent side to side before finishing many points with clean baseline winners. Wong evened the match at 1-1 with her 6-3, 6-2 win. From that point the Cougars took control, winning in straight sets at first, third, and fifth singles to clinch the win. 33rd-ranked Olga Boulytcheva defeated Hadzic, 6-2, 6-3 in the top singles spot. Sophomores Tara Simpson and Rainey each were up a set in their matches at second and fourth singles, but both ended up falling in third sets.

'I thought we'd come away with the doubles point finally, but we didn't. I thought the doubles looked pretty good and I don't feel like they really beat us,' says Hultquist. 'I think our girls were a lot sharper in the fall. They all fought hard, there were a lot of close matches, but I think we lost a lot of the matches from our own errors.'

Friday, February 3, the Huskies will look for their first win of the year against the Portland Pilots.

Washington Women's Tennis vs. BYU
1/21/06 - Nordstrom Tennis Center - Seattle, Wash.
No. 21 BYU 6, No. 25 Washington 1

1) Hadzic/Brymer (UW) def. Jones/Chang (BYU), 8-3
2) Boulytcheva/Holden (BYU) def. Rainey/Kolbovic (UW), 8-5
3) Sourkova/Miccoli (BYU) def. Svanfeldt/Simpson (UW), 8-2
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

1) (33) Olga Boulytcheva (BYU) def. Dinka Hadzic (UW), 6-2, 6-3
2) Lauren Jones (BYU) def. Tara Simpson (UW), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
3) Anastasia Sourkova (BYU) def. Tori Brymer (UW), 7-5, 6-2
4) Sofia Holden (BYU) def. Allison Rainey (UW), 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
5) Dolly Chang (BYU) def. Stephanie Svanfeldt (UW), 6-4, 6-3
6) Melinda Wong (UW) def. Rana El Derwy (BYU), 6-3, 6-2
Order of finish: 6, 1, 5, 3, 2, 4

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