SAN FRANCISCO – No. 1 BYU-Hawaii women's tennis earned a 6-3 victory over No. 25 Academy of Art on Thursday at the San Francisco Tennis Club.
"We played in unusual circumstances and against a very balanced team," BYU-Hawaii head coach Dave Porter said. "Playing against Academy of Art helped us gain the extra experience necessary for next week when we face two top-10 teams."
No. 2 doubles partners Nannan (Dallas) Zhang and Xin (Summer) Wen overcame Alma and Klara Thell-Lenntorp in an 8-6 competition on court one. The No. 16 pair Min (Karen) Liu and Shu-Ying (Suzie) Hsieh defeated Urban Knights (6-9) Annika Schneider and Taisiia Andrieieva 8-2.
BYU-Hawaii's (10-0) Jade Griffin and Kanela Adamson and Academy of Arts' Michelle Dandik and Paula Alcantara fought back and forth in No. 3 doubles. The pairs were evenly matched and continued to trade sets to an 8-8 tie. Dandik and Alcantara were able to capitalize on their chances in the tiebreaker, winning 7-4 and giving the Seasiders their first loss in a doubles match this season.
The Seasiders capitalized on its 2-1 lead after doubles as No. 1 Zhang took a 6-0, 6-1 match against Andrieieva and No. 47 Wen dispatched Dandrik 6-2, 6-2 to put the Seasiders within a point of clinching the match. No. 7 Liu sealed the victory moment later with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Alcantara.
A. Thell-Lenntorp was the next to record a point with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Griffin in No. 6 singles, the first point for the Urban Knights in singles. Hsieh responded for the Seasiders with a 7-5, 6-1 win against Schneider. K. Thell-Lenntorp grabbed the final point of the match for Academy of Art with a 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 win against Jeong-Min Jeon.
BYU-Hawaii will face Dominican on Friday at 11 a.m. PDT.