Jan. 29, 1998
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah women's tennis team lost to No. 14 ranked Brigham Young 6-3 in dual match play Thursday night. The contest lasted nearly five hours as several matches were marked by heated battles for points and games.
In singles action No. 11 ranked Holly Parkinson of BYU defeated the Utes No. 33 ranked Anna Svedenhov 6-1, 6-4. At the No. 2 position No. 106 ranked Utah's Megan Payne dropped her match to No. 18 ranked Eline Chiew 6-2, 6-3. The Cougars No. 67 ranked Adrien Jenkins defeated Linda Engblom 6-4, 6-3 from the No. 3 position.
In the longest and closest singles match of the day the Utes Angie Olson dropped a three setter to Kim Kelly 6-7 (12-10 in the tie breaker), 7-5, 6-3. Rebecca Foulger-Rushforth also took her Cougar opponent into a tie breaker in the first set but then lost to Tara Ferguson 7-6 (9- 7), 6-2. Utahs sole winner in the singles portion of the contest was freshman Heidi Thomas as she defeated Brooke Leavens 6-3, 6-4.
The doubles part of the match was marked by two big upsets. The unranked duo of Anna Svedenhov and Linda Engblom upset the No. 10 ranked doubles team in the country, Eline Chiew and Adrien Jenkins by the count of 8-5.
In another hottly contest battle, another unranked Utah team of Molly Sanderson and Megan Payne defeated No.17 ranked Holly Parkinson and Kim Kelly 9-8 (7-5).
In the final contest in doubles Utah's freshman tandem of Heidi Thomas and Linda Petersson lost to Brooke Leavens and Shari Smith from the No. 3 postion 6-2.
The loss moves Utah's dual match record to 2-4 on the year. The Utes next host Colorado State on Sat., Jan. 31 at 6:00 p.m. in the George S. Eccles Tennis Center.
Final Team Score Brigham Young 6 Utah 3
Holly Parkinson (BYU) def. Anna Svedenhov (UU) 6-1, 6-4 Eline Chiew (BYU) def. Megan Payne (UU) 6-2, 6-3 Adrien Jenkins (BYU) def. Linda Engblom (UU) 6-4, 6-3 Kim Kelly (BYU) def. Angie Olson (UU) 6-7 (12-10), 7-5, 6-3 Tara Ferguson (BYU) def. Rebecca Foulger-Rushforth (UU) 7-6 (9-7) Heidi Thomas (UU) def. Brooke Leavins (BYU) 6-3, 6-4
Svedenhov/Engblom (UU) def. Chiew/Jenkins (BYU) 8-5 Sanderson/Payne (UU) def. Parkinson/Kelly (BYU) 9-8 (7-5) Leavins/Smith (BYU) def. Thomas/Petersson (UU) 6-2