April 3, 2015
Natalie Beazant moved into sole possession of third on the Rice career win list to lead the Rice Owls to a 5-2 win over No. 60 BYU in Provo, Utah on Saturday. The win for the Owls (11-8) was their seventh in the last eight matches and their 10th in the last 12 heading into a Saturday encounter with No. 53 Utah on Saturday in Salt Lake City.
Beazant raced to a 6-2, 6-0 win over the Cougars' Meghan Sheehan-Dizon to post her 109th career victory, one more than Susan Rudd. She improved her season record to 14-1.
The Owls opened the match by grabbing the doubles point and Beazant's win in singles upped the margin to 2-0. After BYU grabbed a win on court four, Savannah Durkin and Katherine Ip closed out matches on five and two to clinch the match.
The Owls will be back on the courts against another ranked team on Saturday when they take on No. 53 Utah in Salt Lake City. They will return home to close out the 2015 regular season schedule next Saturday, when they host Louisiana Tech while saluting departing seniors Beazant, Liat Zimmermann and Stephanie Nguyen.
Tennis Match Results
Rice vs Brigham Young
4/5/2015 at Provo, Utah
(BYU outdoor courts)
#45 Rice 5, #60 Brigham Young 2
1. #21 Natalie Beazant (RICE) def. SHEEHAN-DIZON, Meg. (BYU-W) 6-2, 6-0
2. Katherine Ip (RICE) def. TRAN, Nicolette (BYU-W) 5-7, 6-0, 6-1
3. MICLAT, Toby (BYU-W) def. Liat Zimmermann (RICE) 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-6)
4. WARE, Savannah (BYU-W) def. Lindsey Hodge (RICE) 6-2, 6-4
5. Savannah Durkin (RICE) def. ANDERSON, Morgan (BYU-W) 6-1, 7-6 (8-6)
6. Solomiya Zinko (RICE) def. VALIMAKI, Erica (BYU-W) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-2)
1. Natalie Beazant/Liat Zimmermann (RICE) def. MICLAT, Toby/ERASO, Brittanie (BYU-W) 6-2
2. Alison Ho/Lindsey Hodge (RICE) def. WARE, Savannah/TRAN, Nicolette (BYU-W) 6-2
3. SHEEHAN-DIZON, Meg./ANDERSON, Morgan (BYU-W) def. Savannah Durkin/Solomiya Zinko (RICE) 5-3
Rice 11-8; National ranking #45
Brigham Young 8-10; National ranking #60
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,4,5,2,6,3)