TUCSON, Ariz. – No. 65 BYU women’s tennis dropped a close one 4-3 against No. 38 Arizona at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center in Tucson Friday night.
“We didn’t come out in doubles with enough energy and Arizona capitalized on that,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “We were able to pull out three singles matches so we definitely saw how important doubles is today.”
The Wildcats came out strong in doubles to earn the doubles point. Arizona’s Lauren Marker and Inge Hendrikx outplayed Nicolette Tran and Savannah Ware to an 8-2 victory. The Wildcats clinched the point when Laura Oldham and Devin Chypyha defeated Meghan Sheehan-Dizon and Morgan Anderson-Littlewood 8-6. Sophomores Mayci Jones and Toby Miclat were down 7-3 when their match was called.
Tran, Miclat and Ware were all able to earn points for the Cougars by beating Oldham (5-7, 6-4, 10-6), Shayne Austin (6-4, 6-4) and Hendrickx (6-2, 6-4), respectively. Jones fell at No. 1 singles 6-3, 6-0 to No. 96 ranked Marker and Sheehan-Dizon also fell in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 to ranked opponent, No. 113 Briar Preston. Chypyha clinched the match for Arizona with her 6-4, 6-3 victory over Anderson-Littlewood.
BYU travels to Tempe, Ariz. tomorrow to face No. 27 Arizona State at 12 p.m. MST.
PROVO, Utah – No. 65 BYU women’s tennis (3-2) hits the road this weekend for matchups against No. 38 University of Arizona (3-0) and No. 29 Arizona State (2-2).
The Cougars were last on the court February 6 against Boise State and won 6-1. The squad will look to carry that momentum into the weekend’s matchups with an opportunity to climb up in the rankings.
Arizona puts its unbeaten record on the line against the Cougars as they have won all three of their matches by a combined score of 19-0 thus far. Lauren Marker and Briar Preston lead the Wildcat attack and are both ranked nationally at No. 96 and No. 113, respectively.
Arizona State looks to bounce back with BYU in town, having lost their last match against No. 27 Ohio State. The Sun Devils are also led by two ranked players: Desirae Krawczyk (No. 37) and Ebony Panoho (No. 123). Krawczyk also teams up with Stephanie Vlad as the No. 42 ranked doubles duo in the nation.
The Cougars face off against Arizona Friday, February 13, at 1:30 p.m. MST and visit the Arizona State Saturday, February 14, at noon MST.