|Vandal pairing wins at BSU|
BOISE, Idaho – Belen Barcenilla and Sophie Vickers claimed the Orange Flight doubles championship while Galina Bykvoa fell in the Blue Flight singles championship match as the Idaho women’s tennis team wrapped up the Boise State Jack Taylor Classic on Sunday.
“Galina has been practicing very hard and doing very well since the beginning of the year,” Idaho coach Myriam Sopel said. “She put herself in a position to win and fought hard from the very first to the very last point. She is very responsive and she tried new things, so I'm very happy with this performance. This final is a positive match she will learn from. We will build on the great skills she showed in her matches, and we will work on developing new strategies to take her game to the next level.”
Barcenilla and Vickers beat Boise State’s duo of Anissa Bryant-Swift and Sammie Watson 8-3 in the championship match Sunday to cap a 3-0 run in the tournament. Also in doubles play, Victoria Lozano and Bety Flores won the second-round-loss consolation draw in the blue flight with an 8-3 win Sunday.
“Overall, this is a very positive first tournament with great results throughout the weekend,” Sopel said. “The girls were very supportive of each other. Every one of them fought really hard and competed very well. I am extremely pleased with the effort both in singles and doubles. It was an intense and fun tournament where we applied what we've been working on at practice, and we showed intensity, effort, and hard work.”
After four consecutive singles wins to open the tournament, the first of her collegiate career, Bykova fell 7-5, 6-2 in the championship match to BSU’s Morgan Basil.
“She played smart tennis and showed great determination,” Sopel added of Bykova. “She rose her level as the tournament went, and beat some top players from WSU and BSU, which are teams we will play this season.”
The Vandal women will return to action Sept. 27-29 at the Cougar Classic in Pullman, Wash.