Women’s Tennis Grabs 4-2 Win Over BYU
Feb. 24, 2018
SPOKANE, Wash. — No. 41 Gonzaga women’s tennis took over the match in singles on the way to a 4-2 victory over BYU on Saturday afternoon.
After dropping the doubles point, Gonzaga won four singles matches to move its winning streak to five in a row and an 8-2 mark overall. The West Coast Conference opener also moves GU to 1-0 in the league.
“This was a great win against a really gritty team,” head coach D.J. Gurule said. “BYU is going to be tough in our league, so we are glad the WCC schedule started off on right foot. We started slow, but I was happy with way we responded in singles. With Nevada and Haruna getting those two quick points and Kate adding the third put the momentum back on our side. Grace and Sophie really played smart tennis in the third set. We are looking forward to a great opportunity next weekend against Wichita State and Kansas.”
GU fell in a tightly-contested doubles point. After BYU took a win on No. 2, GU’s 47th-ranked duo at No. 1 of Sophie Whittle and Graciela Rosas battled back from down a game to win 6-3 and even it at one match each. Meanwhile, a tight battle was brewing on No. 3 between GU’s Haruna Tsuruta and Alex Bourguignon and BYU’s Samantha Smith and Taylah Beckman. That match came down to a tiebreak and BYU was able to take to win 7-6(2).
GU fought back in singles with three straight-set wins in the first four courts that finished. At No. 3, Nevada Apollo cruised in a 6-3, 6-3 win, her 12th straight singles victory. On No. 5, Tsuruta dominated her match 6-4, 6-2 to put GU up 2-1 in the dual.
After BYU tied it at 2-2 with a win on No. 4, Kate Ketels put the Zags back on top 3-2 win her victory on No. 6, 6-1, 6-4.
That set up a pair of third sets on Nos. 1 and 2 to decide the match.
Both Whittle on No. 1 and Rosas on No. 2 fought back from down a set to take the second set and force the third set. Both got out to a 5-1 lead and Whittle was able to finish first to clinch the match.
The Zags will be back on the court on in the Sunflower State, heading south take on No. 30 Wichita State on Saturday March 3, and No. 15 Kansas on Sunday March 4. Check GoZags.com for available links to live coverage.
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