PROVO, Utah -
The Cowgirl tennis team won five matches on the opening day at the BYU Invitational, on Thursday, in Provo.
"It was good to get out and knock off the rust today," head coach Dean Clower said. "We won a lot of good matches and lost a few. The good thing about today is we get to see where we are as a team and things look good for a first day. Most of the mistakes we made are fixable and that's the great thing for the future."
It was a tough day in doubles action as the Cowgirls recorded a 1-3 mark on the day. The team of Dorottya Jonas and Magdalena Stencel won their opening match against Erin Freeman and Meghan Lyall, 8-5, but fell to Nini Guensler and Lexi Turley of Utah State, 8-3. Cecilia Mercier and Silviya Zhelyazkova lost against Nicolette Tran and Savannah Ware of BYU, 8-0, while Christa Gecheva and Nastya Tokareva fell to the duo of Amber Stuhlmann and Katie Sweet of Utah State, 8-4.
Four Cowgirls won their opening round matches in singles action. Gecheva defeated Brittanie Eraso, 6-1, 6-3 followed by Tokareva over Stuhlmann (Utah State), 6-3, 7-5, and Zhelyazkova in three sets, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, against Meghan Lyall. Unfortunately, they each fell in the following round and will play in consolation action tomorrow. The other Cowgirl to win on the day was Stencel who defeated Katie Fitt, 6-4, 6-4. She will face Nicolette Tran of BYU in the main draw. Jonas lost in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, to Morgan Littlewood of BYU and will take on Lyall tomorrow, while Mercier fell to Sabrina Demerath, 6-7, 6-2, 7-5.
Singles action will continue tomorrow with the consolation and main draw matches beginning at 1:00 p.m.