PROVO, Utah –
continued to cement their place in school history, but it wasn’t enough as BYU defeated the No. 63 Oregon women’s tennis team , 4-1, on Friday.
The Ducks’ (7-9) top doubles team picked up their 20th victory of the season, moving them into sole possession of fourth on the school’s single season list, by upsetting BYU’s 75th-ranked pairing of Megan Price and Callie Craig, 8-5. It was their second win against a ranked duo this season.
Despite the win, BYU managed to take the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and 3. The No. 2 match was swung the point as the Cougars’ Elizabeth Ezhova and Desiree Tran outlasted Trudie du Toit and Julia Metzger in a tiebreaker, 9-8.
Smatova accounted for the Ducks’ lone point with her 17th win of the year. The No. 79 singles player in the nation downed Megan Price (6-4, 6-0) in straight sets.
The Cougars clinched the match on the strength of a straight-set win at No. 4 singles and three-set victories at No. 2 and 3. Callie Craig held off Skowronski (6-4, 3-6, 6-3) at the second spot and Elle Carney rallied past Metzger (6-7, 6-3, 6-2) at No. 3.
The No. 5 and 6 matches were abandoned with the dual clinched for BYU.
Oregon returns to action on April 1 when it hosts USC.
2011 Oregon Women's Tennis
BYU 4, #63 Oregon 1
Oregon vs BYU (3/25/2011)
3/25/2011 at Provo, Utah
|1. #79 SMATOVA, Pavlina (ORE) def. PRICE, Megan (BYU) 6-4, 6-0|
|2. CRAIG, Callie (BYU) def. SKOWRONSKI, Patricia (ORE) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3|
|3. CARNEY, Elle (BYU) def. METZGER, Julia (ORE) 6-7, 6-3, 6-2|
|4. TRAN, Desiree (BYU) def. NEUBERT, Pascale (ORE) 6-4, 6-2|
|5. EZHOVA, Elizabeth (BYU) vs. DU TOIT, Trudie (ORE) 6-2, 4-0, unfinished|
|6. PAUL, Aubrey (BYU) vs. BUTTNER, Lana (ORE) 6-7, 1-0, unfinished|
|1. SKOWRONSKI, Patricia/SMATOVA, Pavlina (ORE) def. #75 CRAIG, Callie/PRICE, Megan (BYU) 8-5|
|2. EZHOVA, Elizabeth/TRAN, Desiree (BYU) def. DU TOIT, Trudie/METZGER, Julia (ORE) 9-8|
|3. CARNEY, Elle/PAUL, Aubrey (BYU) def. NEUBERT, Pascale/BUTTNER, Lana (ORE) 8-3|
|Oregon 7-9 (0-1 Pac-10); National ranking #63|
|Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,4,2,3)|