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Illini tennis picks up first win of the season in Vegas

LAS VEGAS -– The Illinois women's tennis team earned its first win of the 2022 season with a 5-2 victory over Brigham Young University on Monday, January 17.

"I am really happy for our team today," said head coach Evan Clark. "We had a really tough match to start our season yesterday and for them to bounce back today and beat a very good BYU team tells me a lot about the squad we have. These matches will really help us down the road with our tough non-conference and Big Ten schedule. We are excited to be back at Atkins on Thursday night for our home opener vs. Harvard."

The Illini lost their season opener to #11-ranked Baylor on Sunday, 6-1.

Illinois secured the doubles point with a 6-1 victory from Josie Frazier and Ashley Yeah, who are 2-0 together at No. 2 doubles. Emily Casati and Illinois newcomer Kasia Treiber also won their match over BYU's Emilee Astle and Kara Lin, 6-1.

The Illini dominated the #1 and #2 positions in singles with Kate Duong and Ashley Yeah noticing relatively easy wins.

Back on the court again after her doubles bout, Treiber then sealed the Illinois win with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Emilee Astle at No. 5 singles.

Heuser, who fell 5-2 with Doung at #1 doubles, turned around and posted a come-from-behind win on court four, 1-6, 6-2, 6-0.


Box Score

Illinois 5, BYU 2

Doubles
1. Anastasia Abramyan/Yujia Huang (BYU) def. Kate Duong/Megan Heuser (ILL) 5-2
2. Josie Frazier/Ashley Yeah (ILL) def. Leah Heimuli/Jacque Dunyon (BYU) 6-1
3. Kasia Treiber/Emily Casati (ILL) def. Emilee Astle/Kara Lin (BYU) 6-1

Singles
1. Kate Duong (ILL) def. Leah Heimuli (BYU) 6-3, 6-1
2. Ashley Yeah (ILL) def. Jacque Dunyon (BYU) 6-3, 6-3
3. Anastasia Abramyan (BYU) def. Josie Frazier (ILL) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
4. Megan Heuser (ILL) def. Yujia Huang (BYU) 1-6, 6-2, 6-0
5. Kasia Treiber (ILL) def. Emilee Astle (BYU) 7-5, 6-3
6. Madison Smith (BYU) def. Kida Ferrari (ILL) 7-5, 1-6, 6-0

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