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Women’s tennis focused on improvement

Photo by Luke Hansen. A BYU women’s tennis team member prepares in a recent practice for its upcoming match against Washington.

BYU women’s tennis looks to take advantage of high altitude and a home crowd as it faces No. 23 Washington at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts Saturday at 11 a.m.

Attitude is everything to the Cougars this season, and BYU interim coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said it will be during this match as well.

“We’re focusing on one match at a time this season,” Spencer said. “We want to play with heart this weekend. We’re going to play our best every single point.”

Spencer said another key for Saturday’s match will be doubles play.

“We’re focusing on doubles a lot right now,” Spencer said. “We’re trying to get the right combinations together so we can be successful in doubles as well as singles.”

Senior Elle Carney, from Wollongong, Australia, said she is pleased with how the team is playing.

“I think we’re doing quite well,” Carney said. “I think everyone played some really good tennis last weekend. I think the most important thing is that everyone is believing in themselves.”

Spencer expanded on that and said she thinks confidence is important.

“They’re a tough team,” Spencer said, referring to Washington. “It will be a challenge. I tell the girls every day, though, that you have to believe that you can beat them, otherwise there is no point in playing. We’re working on confidence.”

Spencer expressed the team’s excitement to play as a team on Saturday at home.

“It’s always an advantage to us because of the high altitude and home crowd,” Spencer said. “We hope a lot of people will come out and watch us.”

Carney agreed the high altitude works to the team’s advantage.

“In high altitude tennis the ball flies more than in low altitude,” Carney said. “So when people come up from low altitude they have to stay low on the ball because their balls fly more. We have to capitalize and take advantage of that and play how we know how to play.”