|Women's tennis wins two|
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Idaho women's tennis team won for the seventh time in its last nine matches and improved to 9-4 overall as it beat BYU 4-2 and Lewis-Clark State 7-0 on Saturday
Idaho stole the doubles point against BYU as Sophie Vickers and Molly Knox teamed up to win 8-5 at No. 2 doubles, and Alejandra Lozano and Beatriz Flores won 9-7 at No. 3 to overcome Idaho's loss at the top spot.
"The doubles point was huge for us," Idaho coach Dan Pollock said. "Molly and Sophie played excellent aggressive doubles and Ale and Bety made a huge comeback with the point tied at 1-1 - that was a really gutsy performance."
In singles play, the Vandals got wins at the top three spots from Vicky Lozano, Almudena Sanz and Molly Knox. Vickers fell at No. 4 and Alejandra Lozano lost by retirement at No. 5. No. 6 singles was not played.
"In singles our top three girls did a great job of starting quickly and never letting go of the momentum in their matches," Pollock said. "The BYU win is a huge win for our program. They are a perennial powerhouse in the region and have been a top national team in recent years. To pick a win in such convincing fashion against a team like that should give the girls a lot of confidence moving forward."
Idaho made the short trip from Pullman to Lewiston in the afternoon to face LCSC. In that match the Vandals won at the top two doubles spots to seal the doubles point, and swept through singles with five straight-set wins to pick up the 7-0 victory.
"The LCSC match was tougher than the score suggests," Pollock said. "We had a couple of really strong performances in the middle of the lineup and Almu played a really smart match at number 1 to beat a very strong player. It was also really nice to see Annamaria step in at number 6 and battle through for a good win against a tough competitor."
The Vandals will head south for their next action, as they also begin Western Athletic Conference play as they face UTEP on March 3 in El Paso, Texas, before facing New Mexico and WAC foe New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M., on March 3 and 4.
"We have to really focus on getting healthy over the next few days as we have several issues right now that need taking care of, and we have a very short week before heading on the road again," Pollock said.
Idaho 4 BYU 2
1) M. Price/M. Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) bt A. Sanz/V.Lozano 8-1 (UI)
2) S. Vickers/M. Knox (UI) bt M. Anderson/D. Tran (BYU) 8-5
3) A. Lozano/B. Flores (UI) bt A. Paul/L. Waldron (BYU) 9-7
1) V. Lozano (UI) bt Tran (BYU) 6-2, 7-5
2) Sanz (UI) bt Price (BYU) 6-0, 6-4
3) Knox (UI) bt Anderson (BYU) 6-2, 6-4
4) Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) bt S. Vickers (UI) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
5) Paul (BYU) bt A. Lozano 2-1 ret.
Idaho 7 LCSC 0
1) A. Sanz/V.Lozano (UI) bt D. Jasova/B. Snecker (LCSC) 8-5
2) S. Vickers/M. Knox (UI) bt S. Teigen/F. Martina (LCSC) 8-3
3) D. Chong/M. Duggan (LCSC) bt A. Gould/B. Flores (UI) 8-6
1) Sanz (UI) bt Jasova (LCSC) 7-5, 6-2
2) V. Lozano (UI) bt Chong (LCSC) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
3) Knox (UI) bt Teigen (LCSC) 6-1, 6-0
4) S. Vickers (UI) bt Snecker (LCSC) 6-0, 6-2
5) Flores (UI) bt Duggan (LCSC) 6-3, 6-1
6) Gould (UI) bt M. Wold (LCSC) 6-4, 6-2