Brigham Young University
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Saint Mary's College of California
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150 E. Provo UT 84602

mperry | Posted: 22 Mar 2014 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

No. 71 BYU clinches convincing upset win over No. 38 Saint Mary’s


PROVO, Utah -- For the first time since 2007, BYU women’s tennis knocked off a top-40 team with an impressive 5-2 win over No. 38 Saint Mary’s in West Coast Conference action, Saturday.

“This should give us some confidence because they’re one of the top contenders in the conference and the fact that we were able to beat them 5-2 is huge for us,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “This is a good breakthrough for our program.”

The win over the Gaels (6-6, 1-1 WCC) is the first for the 71st-ranked Cougars (7-6, 3-0 WCC) over a team ranked in the ITA top 40 since a 4-3 win over No. 32 TCU in 2007 during coach Jones-Spencer’s senior season. The win is also BYU’s first against Saint Mary’s all-time.

With the match score 3-2 in favor of the Cougars, freshman Savannah Ware clinched the upset, downing Jade Frampton at No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-3.

At sixth singles junior Morgan Anderson-Littlewood assembled a comeback in the first set and dominated in the second to top Parminder Kaur, 7-6, 6-1, adding an exclamation point to the already-secured win.

“One through six, everyone played really well,” Jones-Spencer said. “It’s the first match we’ve played where everyone came out, really wanted it and played to win--start to finish. I’m really proud of the girls, and it’s just a great feeling to pull out this win today.”

In doubles action, Nicolette Tran teamed with Ware in the No. 2 slot to help BYU jump out ahead with the one-sided victory over Frampton and Catherine Leduc, 8-1.

Saint Mary’s countered at No. 1 doubles when the freshmen duo of Mayci Jones and Toby Miclat fell to Jenny Jullien and Kaur, 8-3.

Third doubles team Meghan Sheehan-Dizon and Littlewood regained momentum for the Cougars, topping their opponents 8-5.

In singles, junior Sheehan-Dizon gave BYU the 2-0 advantage with a win at the No. 2 spot against Danielle Flores, 6-3, 6-0. The Gaels clawed back into the match when Jones fell to 11th-ranked Jullien, 6-3, 6-3.

Freshman Miclat came up with the two-set victory over No. 82 Leduc, 6-4, 6-4, to stretch the match score to 3-1, before Tran fell to No. 77 Jamie Pawid in three sets, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.

Next week the Cougars hit the road for matchups against Loyola Marymount Friday at 10:30 a.m. PDT and No. 36 Pepperdine Saturday at 11 a.m.


#71 Brigham Young University 5, #38 Saint Mary's 2

Singles competition
1. No. 11 Jenny Jullien (SMC) def. JONES, Mayci (BYU) 6-3, 6-3
2. SHEEHAN-DIZON, Meg. (BYU) def. Danielle Flores (SMC) 6-3, 6-0
3. No. 77 Jamie Pawid (SMC) def. TRAN, Nicolette (BYU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
4. MICLAT, Toby (BYU) def. No. 82 Catherine Leduc (SMC) 6-4, 6-4
5. WARE, Savannah (BYU) def. Jade Frampton (SMC) 6-2, 6-3
6. ANDERSON-LITTLEWOOD, Morgan (BYU) def. Parminder Kaur (SMC) 7-6, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Jenny Jullien/Parminder Kaur (SMC) def. JONES, Mayci/MICLAT, Toby (BYU) 8-3
2. TRAN, Nicolette/WARE, Savannah (BYU) def. Jade Frampton/Catherine Leduc (SMC) 8-1
3. SHEEHAN-DIZON, Meg./ANDERSON-LITTLEWOOD, Morgan (BYU) def. Danielle Flores/Jamie Pawid (SMC) 8-5

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,1,4,3,5,6) 


mperry | Posted: 18 Mar 2014 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

No. 71 BYU host No. 62 Marshall, Pacific and No. 38 Saint Mary’s

PROVO, Utah -- No. 71 BYU women’s tennis opens a three-match homestand beginning Thursday against No. 62 Marshall at noon MDT. Friday the Cougars face Pacific at noon and then round out the weekend’s action against No. 38 Saint Mary’s Saturday at noon at the Outdoor Tennis Courts. 
“We’re excited to be back at home,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “We had a good match against ASU and hope to play more disciplined tennis this weekend.”
Last weekend against No. 50 Yale, the Cougars (4-6, 1-0 West Coast Conference) secured the doubles point and took four singles matches to three sets before losing 6-1. The next day against No. 28 Arizona State, the netters took the doubles point again, but faltered in singles in a narrow 4-3 defeat. 
Strong doubles performances came from freshmen Mayci Jones and Toby Miclat who went 2-0 at second doubles, defeating Yale and ASU 8-1 and 8-5, respectively. 
In the third slot, juniors Morgan Anderson-Littlewood and Meghan Sheehan-Dizon also claimed two consecutive wins, beating their opponents 8-7(4) and 8-6.
Thursday is the first time BYU will face Marshall (10-3, 0-0 Conference USA) who has won seven of its last eight matches. The Cougars have a 2-0 all-time record against Pacific. Friday’s match will be the first meeting between the two schools as members of the WCC.
BYU will also be looking for its first win against Saint Mary’s as the Gaels own the head-to-head record with an 2-0 advantage.
Live statistics for each match will be available on the BYU athletics website.
Conference play continues on the road next week against Loyola Marymount March 28 and No. 36 Pepperdine March 29.