Aggies down Weber State
Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 21, 2013 12:02
Utah State jumped out to an early lead against Weber State on Wednesday and held on to defeat the Wildcats 5-2. The Aggies improved to 2-2 on the season while the Wildcats fell to 2-8.
Utah State jumped on Weber State, sweeping doubles each by a score of 8-3 to take the point. Mckenzie Davis then exerted her force in the No. 1 singles spot, going up five games to none in the first set before her opponent forfeited due to injury. Jaci West, playing in the No. 2 spot, put Weber’s Kristi Elmer away in straight sets. With the pair of wins, Davis stayed perfect at 4-0 on the season and West improved to 3-1.
The Aggies cooled off a bit at the No. 3 position as Julie Tukuafu lost the match after winning the first set, while the same thing happened in the No. 5 spot with Kallie Sperry.
“Sometimes the lead can be a distraction,” co-head coach Bryan Marchant said. “For both Tukuafu and Sperry, they had a lead in their personal match by a set and the team overall had a large lead. The energy dropped off a little and Weber State kept fighting.”
Ultimately, senior Kristina Voytsekhovich clinched the match in the No. 4 singles spot. Voytsekhovich and her Weber State counterpart, Thais Kurer, battled back and forth in the first set until Voytsekhovich squeaked out a 7-5 win.
“My doubles match was slow so I continued to play like that in my singles, but towards the end of the first set I pumped myself up, listened to coach and played way more aggressive,” Voytsekhovich said.
She powered through the second set, winning 6-1.
Hillary Hays finished the day by putting down Weber State’s Carly Lloyd 6-0, 6-2.
Utah State has a tough road trip coming where they will take on Arizona State and Arizona back-to-back on March 1-2.
“We can play better and deserve to play well with the work they put in,” Marchant said. “This should fire them up for the trip to Arizona.”
1. McKenzie Davis(USU) def. Ashley Tanner (WSU) 5-0 Wd Inj
2. Jaci West (USU) def. Kristi Elmer (WSU) 6-3, 6-3
3. Nittaya Phonharatu (WSU) def. Julie Tukuafu (USU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. Kristina Voystekhovich (USU) def. Thais Kurer (WSU) 7-5, 6-1
5. Michelle Warwick (WSU) def. Kallie Sperry(USU) 3-6, 6-1, 10-6
6. Hillary Hays (USU) def. Carly Lloyd (WSU) 6-0, 6-2
1. Davis/West (USU) def. Kurer/Elmer (WSU) 8-3
2. Tukuafu/Voytsekhovich (USU) def. Tanner/Warwick (WSU) 8-3
(USU) def. Lloyd/Phonnarath (WSU) 8-3