The match between the Gaels and Cougars is scheduled for Friday, March 30 at 11:00 p.m. (PT) at the Outdoor Tennis Courts on the BYU campus.
No. 34 Saint Mary's enters the week with five-straight wins, including sweeping three WCC opponents in the past few weeks in San Francisco, Gonzaga and Portland. The Gaels hosted the Pacific Northwest WCC teams last weekend and made quick work of both the Bulldogs and Pilots to improve to 10-5 this season and 3-0 in conference play.
Multiple Saint Mary's players are on quite a roll as of late, including sophomore Jenny Jullien. Jullien is ranked No. 82 in the ITA singles poll released Monday and has won nine straight matches. The Perpignan, France native is 12-2 overall this spring, including a 2-0 mark on court one and a 10-2 record at the No. 2 spot.
Senior Anna Chkhikvishvili and sophomore Jade Frampton are second on the team with a 10-4 record this spring and have each won their last five straight matches. Junior Catherine Isip and freshman Catherine Leduc have also won their last five consecutive singles matches.
Frampton and Jullien have also teamed up in doubles play to go 5-2 at the No. 1 spot and have won their last five straight matches. Chkhikvishvili and Isip have also had some success this season in doubles play, teaming up to go 4-0 this season on court two.
BYU enters the match with a 5-10 overall record and a 1-1 mark in conference play. Most recently, the Cougars dropped a 5-2 match to No. 72 San Diego and then defeated San Francisco, 4-3. Meghan Sheehan-Dizon leads the team with a 10-5 record this spring, while Desiree Tran is 3-12 at the No. 1 spot this season for BYU. This will mark the first ever match-up between the two women's tennis programs.
The Gaels will return to action next week on the road against LMU (April 4) and Pepperdine (April 5).