After getting its first West Coast Conference win against San Francisco earlier this week, the BYU women’s tennis team fell to Portland, 6-1, on Friday afternoon.
"Portland is tough to play on their courts and we didn't get the doubles point that we needed to start the match," BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. "The girls fought hard in singles but we just weren't able to convert the big points today."
Portland (2-5, 1-0 WCC) started the match by winning the doubles point. The Pilots’ Tatiana Grigoryan and Radin Dimitrova quickly knocked off the Cougar duo of Natella Nabieva and Erica Chichoni, 6-1. However, strong doubles play by Savannah Ware and Nicolette Poulsen led to a 6-3 victory for the Cougars over Portland’s Emily Gould and Maja Mladenovic. Portland claimed the doubles point when Lucia Butkovska and Jelena Lazarevic defeated BYU’s Mayci Jones and Toby Miclat, 6-3.
BYU (2-8, 1-1 WCC) failed to win the first three singles matches played. Jones dropped her match, 2-6, 0-6, to Portland’s Butkovska, who is ranked No. 100 in the country for singles. Miclat lost to Dimintrova, 5-7, 2-6, to give Portland the 3-0 lead.
Mladenovic sealed the match for the Pilots, defeating Poulsen, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. Ware lost to Grigoryan in three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 0-1, and Beckman dropped her match as well. Nabieva put up the only points for the Cougars on the night, defeating Tori Troesch, 6-2, 6-3.
The Cougars head to Boise next weekend for a doubleheader against Boise State and UNLV.
Michelle Wood is a public relations student at Brigham Young University with a dream of making it to the Super Bowl one day. While she isn't studying for tests and classes, you can find her in the offices of BYU Athletics, working on media relations.