Women's Tennis: Lobos Beat BYU For Only The Second Time In School History
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. For only the second time in UNM womens tennis program history, the No. 49 Lobos defeated the No. 57 Cougars of BYU. After securing the doubles point at No. 1 and 3 doubles spots, New Mexico captured wins at three of six singles positions to earn the exciting 4-3 victory this afternoon. Maja Kovacek and Sandy Lukowski were a perfect 2-0, getting wins in both singles and doubles competition. The Lobos improve to 11-8, 3-2 in the MWC.
For the third straight match, the doubles team of Kovacek and Lukowski has come away from the Lobo Tennis Center with a win. This time the duo slipped past Liza Klempner and Dominique Reynolds of BYU, 9-7. At No. 3, Tiffany Robertson and Michelle Heidbrink also played to a close win, edging the pair of Rebecca Pike and Olga Bulytcheva, 9-8. Maria Ruiz-Fabrega and Rachel Hatley lost a tight 8-5 match to Hadley Macfarlane and Tara Porter.
The Lobos clinched two decisive wins at the top two singles spots. Maja Kovacek moved back to No. 1 after two wins at No. 2 against Air Force and Utah. The move was a beneficial one, as she defeated Liza Klempner in two sets, 6-4, 6-3. Sandy Lukowski played the final match of the day for New Mexico at No. 2. After winning the first set 7-5, Lukowski battled to a 5-4 lead in the second with Dominique Reynolds. She closed out the win after an almost five minute rally to end the match at 7-5, 6-4. Tiffany Robertson had the final win for the Lobos at No. 4. She beat Tara Porter, 6-3, 6-2.
Tjasa Suvak, Michelle Heidbrink and Maria Ruiz-Fabrega dropped their matches at the No. 3, 4 and 6 positions. Suvak fell to Olga Bulytcheva, 6-1, 6-1 while Heidbrink was defeated, 6-3, 6-0 by the Cougars Rebecca Pike. After winning her previous two conference games, Ruiz-Fabrega was unable to get past Hadley Macfarlane, losing 6-1, 6-1.
No. 49 New Mexico 4, BYU 3
SINGLES 1. Maja Kovacek def. Liza Klempner, 6-4, 6-3 2. Sandy Lukowski def. Dominique Reynolds, 7-5, 6-4 3. Olga Bulytcheva def. Tjasa Suvak, 6-1, 6-1 4. Rebecca Pike def. Michelle Heidbrink, 6-3, 6-0 5. Tiffany Robertson def. Tara Porter, 6-3, 6-2 6. Hadley Macfarlane def. Maria Ruiz-Fabrega, 6-1, 6-1
DOUBLES 1. Kovacek/Lukowski def. Klempner/Reynolds, 9-7 2. Macfarlane/Porter def. Ruiz-Fabrega/Hatley, 8-5 3. Robertson/Heidbrink def. Pike/Bulytcheva, 9-8