With the win the Huskies improved to 2-1 while the Cougars dropped to 2-3.
After going down an early break Chan rallied
to win the first set. In the second set she smacked
numerous winners en route to a 5-1 lead. She dominated
the set to such an extent that during one point it
appeared as if Surkova had had enough, not even
attempting to play a shot that easily seemed within
reach. With Chan serving for the match at 5-1 Surkova
managed to break for 2-5, but Chan returned the break,
closing out the match with a pair of winners and an
errant volley by Surkova.
BYU opened the match by winning the doubles
point, prevailing in two of three matches. At second
doubles, Dolly Chang and Kristina Doerr beat Chan and
Kelsey Anonsen 8-5, but the Huskies' Aleksandra
Malovic and Vanya Radunovic held on to beat Elizaveta
Ezhova and Chie Hayasaka at the third position 8-6
after almost squandering a 7-4 lead. That brought the
doubles point down to the featured match between the
Huskies' Joyce Ardies and Tara Simpson and the
Cougars' Surkova and Jennifer Miccoli, with BYU
When play shifted to singles, Malovic tied the
match at 1-1 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Doerr at the
second position. Simpson put the Huskies up 2-1 with
a 6-0, 6-3 win over Ezhova at third singles. It did
not look like Simpson would win the first set so
easily , as in the opening game of the match, on her
serve, she had to overcome four break points and five
deuces before finally winning the game on one of
numerous unforced errors by Ezhova. Ezhova really did
not make Simpson work in the first set, spraying error
Appropriately enough the set went to Simpson on
an errant backhand by Ezhova.
The second set looked like it might mirror the
first when Simpson held at love for a 1-0 lead, but at
that point it looked like Ezhova finally showed up. On
her serve in the second game she battled through five
deuces and four break points before winning her first
game of the match when a forehand by Simpson landed
beyond the baseline. After holds by both players
brought the score to 3-2, Simpson broke Ezhova for 4-2
and it looked like the match would end quickly. Two
more breaks of serve made it 5-3, with Simpson then
holding serve to close out the match.
Allison Rainey beat Elle Carney 6-3, 6-4 at
sixth singles to put the Huskies ahead 3-1. Once
Chan's win assured the Husky victory BYU earned two
points with wins at fourth and fifth singles. Chang
beat Radunovic 5-7, 6-1, 1-0 (10-6) and Hayasaka
defeated Ardies 7-6(7-3), 6-3.
The Huskies return to action on Sunday, January
27 when they host Eastern Washington at 11 a.m. at the
Nordstrom Tennis Center.
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