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Women get first league win of the year
PROVO, Utah—Seniors Meghan Sheehan-Dizon and Morgan Anderson-Littlewood led No. 65 BYU women’s tennis to a 5-2 win over Portland Friday in Provo with dominating straight-set wins.
“We did a great job in doubles today being aggressive and playing with confidence,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “We were able to carry that over to our singles matches. I am really proud of the way the girls stepped up today.”
The Cougars (4-4, 1-0 West Coast Conference) seized control of the match early when they captured the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead. Sophomores Mayci Jones and Toby Miclat were quick off the court at No. 1 doubles beating Portland’s Sophie van den Aarssen and Maja Mladenovic 6-3. Sheehan-Dizon and Anderson-Littlewood clinched the doubles point after a victory over Amanda Zuidema and Emily Gould 6-3.
BYU carried the momentum into singles play but fell at No. 1 and 2 singles. Jones fell first to the No. 70 singles player, Lucia Butkovska 6-0, 6-2. The Cougars regained the lead when Sheehan-Dizon outplayed Saroop Dhatt to a 6-4, 6-2 victory. The Pilots (4-2, 0-1) bounced back at No. 2 singles to tie the match at two. Mladenovic beat Nicolette Tran 6-3, 7-5.
Despite the tie, BYU would go on to win the final three matches to seal the win. Savannah Ware kept her singles unbeaten streak alive and pulled out a three-set thriller over van den Aarssen 7-5, 3-6, 6-4. Toby Miclat and Anderson-Littlewood both won convincingly in straight sets against Tori Troesch (6-1, 6-4) and Amanda Zuidema (6-0, 6-2), respectively.
The Cougar women return to action next Sat. Feb. 28, when they host former MWC foe New Mexico at 10 a.m., at the indoor tennis courts.
First conference match for Cougars
PROVO, Utah – No. 65 BYU women’s tennis opens up conference play Friday at home when they host Portland at 10 a.m. MST in the indoor tennis courts.
“We have played some good, tough matches heading into conference play this year,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “Conference play is what we look forward to each season and we think the matches we have played so far will help us moving forward. We are looking forward to Friday.”
The Cougars (3-4) return home after two tough losses in Arizona over the weekend to No. 37 Arizona and No. 29 Arizona State. Sophomore Savannah Ware continued her stellar play winning both her singles matches on the weekend and applying pressure to the Sun Devils Saturday with a doubles win with teammate Nicolette Tran.
Portland (4-1) comes to Provo after sweeping a doubleheader at Lews and Clark College and having only lost one match on the season against No. 34 Oklahoma in a close match. The Pilots are lead by Lucia Butkovska who is ranked No. 70 nationally in singles play.
Live stats and video will be available at match time through the BYU women’s tennis schedule page.