No. 38 Cougars fall at Pacific
STOCKTON, Calif. – Senior Morgan Anderson-Littlewood led No. 38 BYU women’s tennis in a 4-3 losing effort Saturday at Pacific.
“Today was disappointing,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “We were able to pull out the doubles point but we didn’t want it enough in singles. We had opportunities but didn’t have enough heart and Pacific wanted it more. We are going to work harder this week and bounce back.”
The Cougars got on the board first by pulling out the doubles point. Anderson-Littlewood teamed up with Meghan Sheehan-Dizon to beat Pacific’s Regina Suarez and Antonella Santeusanio 6-4. Savannah Ware and Nicolette Tran secured the doubles point with a win of their own at No. 2 doubles against the Tiger’s duo Gergana Boncheva and Christiana Ferrari 6-3.
Pacific grabbed the momentum of the match when singles began winning at Nos. 1-3 in straight sets to take a 3-1 lead. Iveta Masarova defeated Sheehan-Dizon 6-3, 6-4, Hana Ritterova beat Tran 7-6(7-5), 6-3 and Ferrari outplayed Ware to a 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 win.
Toby Miclat and Anderson-Littlewood evened the score at three with victories at No. 4 and 5 singles, respectively. Miclat won quickly over Francis Dean 6-3, 6-1 while Anderson-Littlewood beat Boncheva in three sets, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6. The Tigers clinched the match when Santeusanio beat Erica Valimaki 7-6, 6-4.
BYU returns home for a conference matchup with LMU on Friday and will battle Oregon Saturday. Live video and stats will be available through the BYU women’s schedule page.
Final Score: Pacific 4, BYU 3
DOUBLESâ€¨1 – Masarova/Ritterova (PAC) def. Miclat/Brittanie Eraso (BYU), 6-1â€¨2 – Tran/Ware (BYU) def. Boncheva/Ferrari (PAC), 6-3â€¨3 – Anderson/Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) def. Regina Suarez/Santeusanio (PAC) 6-4
SINGLESâ€¨1 – Iveta Masarova (PAC) def. Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) 6-3, 6-4â€¨2 – Hana Ritterova (PAC) def. Nicolette Tran (BYU) 7-6 (5), 6-3â€¨3 – Christiana Ferrari (PAC) def. Savannah Ware (BYU) 7-6 (1), 6-4â€¨4 – Toby Miclat (BYU) def. Francis Dean (PAC) 6-3, 6-1â€¨5 – Morgan Anderson (BYU) def. Gergana Boncheva (PAC) 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4)â€¨6 – Antonella Santeusanio (PAC) def. Erica Valimaki (BYU) 7-6, 6-4
No. 38 Cougars hit the road
PROVO, Utah – After beating No. 37 New Mexico, BYU women’s tennis climbed the rankings to No. 38 heading into two conference matches this weekend against No. 72 San Francisco and Pacific.
“Our main focus for this season is to play better each match we play,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “We are going to build off the momentum from the New Mexico match and continue to focus on improvement.”
The Cougars (5-4, 1-0) moved up further in the rankings this week than any other team, enjoying a 29 spot jump from No. 67 to No. 38, thanks to a dominating team effort in their victory of No. 37 New Mexico last Friday. Senior Meghan Sheehan-Dizon and junior Nicolette Tran led from the top of the lineup, winning in straight sets at the No. 1 and 2 singles spots.
San Francisco (5-4, 0-0) returns home after visiting Arizona State over the weekend where they fell in Tempe 7-0. The Dons are led by junior Andrea Ka who is ranked No. 72 nationally in singles.
Pacific (5-3, 0-0) will look to bounce back from a loss at UC Irvine last week when the Cougars come into town on Saturday. The Tigers are led by senior captain, Iveta Masarova who won in straight sets against Irvine.
Friday’s match at San Francisco will begin at 10 a.m. PST in San Francisco and Saturday’s match against Pacific is at 12 p.m. PST in Stockton.