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Louisiana-Pacific Tennis Center
5000 North Willamette Blvd Portland OR 97203
mperry | Posted: 17 Apr 2014 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Anderson-Littlewood, team effort lead No. 57 BYU to third straight win
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Junior Morgan Anderson-Littlewood clinched the victory for No. 57 BYU women’s tennis over Portland in it’s third consecutive 4-3 win in the West Coast Conference, Thursday.
"We didn't perform our best today, but it was good enough to pull out a win," BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. "We are looking to perform better tomorrow against Gonzaga."
With the match 3-2, junior Littlewood cruised in straight sets over Marina Reimers, 6-3, 6-3.
The Cougars (11-7, 7-1 WCC ) began the match by gaining the victory at No. 3 doubles as Nicolette Tran and Savannah Ware served up the 8-2 defeat of Emily Gould and Saroop Dhatt.
BYU then fell at first and second doubles, ceding the first point to the Pilots (5-10, 1-7 WCC). The Cougars are now 3-5 after falling in doubles.
Tran took the momentum from clinching last weekend's final home match into her contest with Sophie van den Aarssen at second singles, cruising to the 6-1, 6-2 win to put BYU on the board.
Portland pulled ahead again as third singles player Meghan Sheehan-Dizon fell in two to Jelena Lazarevic.
The Cougars evened the score at 2-2 as freshman Mayci Jones proved tougher than her opponent, ousting Maja Mladenovic for the 7-6, 7-5 win at No. 1 singles.
Following Jones' performance, fellow freshman Toby Miclat overcame Tori Troesch for the win at No. 4 singles. The Southern California native took the first set 6-3, suffered a 6-7(7-5) setback in the second before closing out the third, 6-1.
The freshman Ware fell at the fifth slot,1-6, 7-5, 6-4, snapping an eight-match winning streak and marking only her fourth dual match loss of the season.
BYU will play its final WCC regular season match against Gonzaga Friday at 2 p.m. PDT. Live video streaming of the match will be available on the BYU Athletics website, BYUCougars.com.
#57 Brigham Young University 4, Portland 3
1. JONES, Mayci (BYU) def. MLADENOVIC, Maja (POR) 7-6, 7-5
2. TRAN, Nicolette (BYU) def. VAN DEN AARSSEN, S. (POR) 6-1, 6-2
3. LAZAREVIC, Jelena (POR) def. SHEEHAN-DIZON, Meg. (BYU) 6-2, 6-3
4. MICLAT, Toby (BYU) def. TROESCH, Tori (POR) 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1
5. DHATT, Saroop (POR) def. WARE, Savannah (BYU) 1-6, 7-5, 6-4
6. ANDERSON, Morgan (BYU) def. REIMERS, Marina (POR) 6-3, 6-3
1. LAZAREVIC, Jelena/VAN DEN AARSSEN, S. (POR) def. JONES, Mayci/MICLAT, Toby (BYU) 8-4
2. MLADENOVIC, Maja/TROESCH, Tori (POR) def. ANDERSON, Morgan/SHEEHAN-DIZON, Meg. (BYU) 8-6
3. TRAN, Nicolette/WARE, Savannah (BYU) def. DHATT, Saroop/GOULD, Emily (POR) 8-2
Brigham Young University 11-7, 7-1 WCC; National ranking #57
Portland 5-10, 1-7 WCC
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,3,1,4,6,5)
mperry | Posted: 15 Apr 2014 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
57th-ranked Cougars to finish regular season in Pacific Northwest
PROVO, Utah -- After capping an undefeated home slate, No. 57 BYU women’s tennis looks to finish out the West Coast Conference regular season on the road as it faces Portland Thursday at 10 a.m. PDT and Gonzaga Friday at 2 p.m.
“The girls are feeling confident,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “In school we’re in finals, so we just have to stay focused in tennis and play one match at a time. We’re looking forward to finishing it off against Portland and Gonzaga.”
The Cougars (10-7, 6-1 WCC) are coming off of their first unbeaten home schedule since the 1998 season. Sophomore Nicolette Tran clinched the 4-3 win over San Diego with her comeback win at No. 2 singles.
BYU looks to maintain its hold on second place in the WCC, first facing the Pilots (5-9, 1-6 WCC). The Cougars own the head-to-head historical record with a 4-0 mark.
Against the Bulldogs (8-8, 3-4 WCC), the team has a 2-0 all-time advantage.
“The more matches we play, I think the better we get,” Jones-Spencer said. “It will be a good opportunity for us to work on a few things we need to fine tune for the conference tournament.”
Live coverage will be available for the matches on the BYU Athletics website, BYUCougars.com.
Next week the Cougars look to impress in the WCC Championships April 23-26.