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BYU falls on road in season opener
TULSA, Okla. -- In the season opening match, the BYU women’s tennis team fell on the road to No. 28 Tulsa, 7-0, Saturday at Tulsa.
“We had our opportunities today but didn’t capitalize,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “We need to play with more confidence moving forward because we have the talent.”
The Cougars (0-1) played three freshmen in their season opening defeat to the Golden Hurricane (1-0).
In doubles action, BYU had some realistic chances to take the point, but couldn’t sway the momentum. Junior Meghan Sheehan-Dizon paired up with freshman Toby Miclat and lost 6-2 to Samantha Vickers and Isaura Enrique. Junior Morgan Anderson-Littlewood and sophomore Mackenna Maddox narrowly lost to Renata Kuricova and Yelena Nemchen, 7-5.
The match of freshman Mayci Jones and Nicolette Tran versus Maria Sant'Anna and Dobby Leenabanchong went unfinished, but was tied up at 6-6 (1-1) before Tulsa locked up the doubles point.
The underclassmen had a strong showing in singles, but ultimately fell down the stretch. Sophomore Tran took the first set against No. 47 nationally ranked Nemchen, but eventually lost the match in tiebreakers, 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7).
Miclat’s match ended in similar fashion as she took the first set and lost to her opponent in the eventual tiebreakers, 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-4).
The first two singles matches saw the Cougars each go down 6-3, 6-0. Jones lost to No. 48 nationally ranked Vickers and Sheehan-Dizon was defeated by Enrique.
BYU will have a chance to rebound when it travels to Seattle to face No. 45 Washington on January 31 at 1:30 p.m. PST.
#28 Tulsa 7, Brigham Young University 0
1. #48 Samantha Vickers (TULSA) def. JONES, Mayci (BYU) 6-3, 6-0
2. Isaura Enrique (TULSA) def. SHEEHAN-DIZON, Meg. (BYU) 6-3, 6-0
3. #47 Yelena Nemchen (TULSA) def. TRAN, Nicolette (BYU) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7)
4. Maria Sant'Anna (TULSA) def. ANDERSON-LITTLEWOOD, Morgan (BYU) 6-4, 6-3
5. Saana Saarteinen (TULSA) def. MICLAT, Toby (BYU) 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-4)
6. Marcelina Cichon (TULSA) def. WARE, Savannah (BYU) 6-4, 6-2
1. Samantha Vickers/Isaura Enrique (TULSA) def. SHEEHAN-DIZON, Meg./MICLAT, Toby (BYU) 6-2
2. Maria Sant'Anna/Dobby Leenabanchong (TULSA) vs. JONES, Mayci/TRAN, Nicolette (BYU) 6-6 (1-1), unfinished
3. Renata Kuricova/Yelena Nemchen (TULSA) def. ANDERSON-LITTLEWOOD, Morgan/MADDOX, Mackenna (BYU) 7-5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,2,1,5,4,3)
BYU opens season on road against Tulsa
PROVO, Utah--With the promise of a new season and new outlook, the BYU women’s tennis team plays its first match of the season on the road at Tulsa this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. CST.
“We’re eager to get started this season,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “The girls have worked hard over the break and are excited to start competing. It’s great to see such a hard-working group of girls.”
The Cougars aim to improve upon their 2013 season which saw them go 10-11 and post a 3-5 record in West Coast Conference play.
This season the team will be reinvigorated with the addition of five freshmen, but balanced with the poise of the upperclassmen. Garnering a No.7 Mountain Region ranking in singles, freshman Mayci Jones highlights the class of newcomers which was ranked in the top 15 in the nation.
Junior Meghan Sheehan-Dizon is ranked in the Mountain Region in singles, coming in at No. 14. During the fall she compiled a 7-3 record while winning the singles and doubles in the BYU Invitational in September.
BYU is 2-0 all-time against Tulsa.
The Cougars will be on the road for their first four matches of the season, before returning for the home opener Saturday, Feb. 15, against No. 62 Denver at the Indoor Tennis Courts.