Utah Women's Tennis Prevails In Provo, Beats BYU For 12th-Straight Time
PROVO, Utah – The Utah women's tennis team continued its winning ways over in-state rival BYU on Wednesday night after the Utes picked up their 12th straight victory over the Cougars in Provo. Utah battled for the doubles point and in a match that saw four courts battle in third sets, the Utes ultimately prevailed and picked up a 4-2 victory to keep the winning streak going.
The Utes had a strong start and picked up the valuable doubles point to take the 1-0 lead. On court one, Madeline Lamoreaux and Emily Dush downed BYU's Anastasia Abramyan and Helen Jiao 6-3. Following their teammates' lead, Anya Lamoreaux and Jasmine Rich defeated their opponents, 6-4, awarding the Utes with their first point. On court two, Anastasia Goncharova and Lindsay Hung held on to a the lead, 5-3, but their match remained unfinished.
During singles play, the Utes and Cougars went back and forth in all but one match. On court three, Dush downed her opponent early on, finishing 6-1, 6-2 and granting Utah their second point in the quick victory against Kara Lin. The score sat at 2-0 for an extended period of time as the matches on courts one, two and four headed to third sets.
Utah's third point came on court two, where after a long and challenging match Hung bounced back after dropping the first set and defeated BYU's Heimuli 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
BYU was able to secure their first point shortly after, when the Cougars' Abramyan defeated Utah's M. Lamoreaux on court one, 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-1. BYU tried to gain steam after another point on court four, where Astle downed Goncharova 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 6-4, and left courts five and six as the deciders.
A. Lamoreaux picked up a first-set victory on court six, while Madison Tattini saw her first singles action of the year after juggling an elbow injury, but fell in her first set. The game point eventually came on court six, where Lamoreaux defeated Xenia de Luna, 6-4, 6-2, clinching the match and the 12th straight win over BYU for the Utes. On court five, Tattini turned things around and was taking the lead in her match, 4-6, 6-4, 5-1 but the match was left unfinished.
The Utes will begin conference play on Friday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m. MT against Stanford at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center, and will finish off the week hosting California for a match on Sunday morning, Mar. 7 at 11 a.m. MT.
UTAH 4, BYU 2
1. Anastasia Abramyan (BYU) def. Madeline Lamoreaux (UTAH), 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-1
2. Lindsay Hung (UTAH) def. Leah Heimuli (BYU), 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. Emily Dush (UTAH) def. Kara Lin (BYU), 6-1, 6-2
4. Emilee Astle (BYU) def. Anastasia Goncharova (UTAH), 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 6-4
5. Madison Tattini (UTAH) vs Helen Jiao (BYU), 4-6, 6-4, 5-1 unf.
6. Anya Lamoreaux (UTAH) def. Xenia de Luna (BYU), 6-4, 6-2
1. Madeline Lamoreaux/Emily Dush (UTAH) def. Anastasia Abramyan/Helen Jiao (BYU), 6-3
2. Anastasia Goncharova/Lindsay Hung (UTAH) vs Leah Heimuli/Emilee Astle (BYU), 5-3 unf.
3. Anya Lamoreaux/Jasmine Rich (UTAH) def. Kara Lin/Elizabeth Tullis (BYU), 6-4