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Pepperdine Defeats BYU, 4-2 in NCAA First Round
By: UCLA Athletics

May 14, 2004

LOS ANGELES - The Pepperdine women's tennis team earned a spot in the NCAA Second Round Friday, defeating BYU, 4-2 in an NCAA First Round matchup at UCLA's Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the victory, Pepperdine improves to 15-9 overall and will face the winner of ninth-seeded UCLA and Long Beach State in the second round on Saturday. With the loss, BYU ends its season 22-6 overall.

Pepperdine took an early 1-0 lead in the match after winning a very tight doubles point. After splitting on court Nos. 1 and 3, the point was decided at the No. 2 position, where Merve Asimgil and Natalie Braverman outlasted BYU's Lauren Jones/Hadley MacFarlane, 9-8(4).

Following the doubles, Pepperdine quickly went ahead 2-0 in the match when Lise Sissler posted a 6-3, 6-2 decision over MacFarlane at the No. 6 spot. The Cougars would eventually answer, as Rebecca Pike (court No. 5) and Jones (court No. 3) each posted a pair of wins to tie the match at 2-2.

That was as close as BYU would get however, as Pepperdine won the next two matches to clinch the victory. The match was decided at the No. 1 position, where Braverman defeated BYU's Barbara Zahnova, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.

Doubles

Pos.OpponentsScore
1. (18) Holden/Zahnova (BYU) def. Raba/Vernaz (Pepp)8-1
2.Merve Asimgil/Braverman (Pepp) def. Jones/MacFarlane (BYU)9-8(4)
3.Dickes/Schlapbach (Pepp) def. Boulytcheva/Oswald (BYU)8-5
Pepperdine Wins Doubles Point

Singles

Pos.OpponentsScore
1.(27) Natalie Braverman (Pepp) def. (36) Barbara Zahnova (BYU)7-5, 3-6, 6-4*
2.Caroline Raba (Pepp) def. Sofia Holden (BYU)6-3, 6-4
3.Lauren Jones (BYU) def. (100) Charlotte Vernaz (Pepp)6-3, 7-6(4)
4.Olga Boulytcheva (BYU) vs. Karin Schlapbach (Pepp)Susp.
5.Rebecca Pike (BYU) def. Eva Dickes (Pepperdine)6-4, 6-2
6.Lise Sissler (Pepp) def. Hadley MacFarlane (BYU)6-3, 6-2
Singles Order of Finish: 6, 5, 3, 2, 1 - * Denotes Clinching Match
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