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No. 64 Cougars pull out a win at San Diego
SAN DIEGO – Toby Miclat delivered a thrilling three-set win to give the No. 64 BYU women’s tennis team a come-from-behind, 4-3 win on the road over San Diego in its final West Coast Conference match of the regular season Saturday.
The Toreros (3-14, 2-7) were first on the board after winning the doubles point. Nicolette Tran and Savannah Ware lost their No. 2 doubles matchup 6-4 and San Diego clinched the point at No. 3 doubles by beating seniors Meghan Sheehan-Dizon and Morgan Anderson-Littlewood 6-4.
The Cougars (10-12, 5-4) battled back in singles play, winning at Nos. 3-6 to take four of the six matchups. Ware tied the match up at one at No. 4 singles with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Mikayla Morkel-Brink. The Toreros recaptured and extended the lead 3-1 in the top two singles spots where Drew Spinosa beat Tran 6-2, 6-2, and Marta Stojanovic recorded a 7-6 (7-2), 6-0 win over Sheehan-Dizon.
Erica Valimaki came up big for BYU with the team’s back against the wall at No. 6 singles, bringing the Cougars back to within one with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 triumph over Janine Koleta. Anderson-Littlewood tied it up at three, beating Shani Blecher 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
With the match tied, the result came down to No. 3 singles where Toby Miclat battled Dana Oppinger into a third set tiebreak. With the match in the balance, Miclat proved victorious, winning her matchup 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5) to give the Cougars the overall victory.
BYU returns to San Diego, the site of the WCC Conference tournament, next week as the fifth seed and one of five ranked teams in the conference. The tournament begins next Wednesday.
No. 64 Cougars finish season on the road
PROVO, Utah – No. 64 BYU women’s tennis hits the road for its final matches of the regular season at No. 41 Long Beach State and at West Coast Conference foe, San Diego.
The Cougars (9-11, 4-4) visit Long Beach to complete a rigorous non-conference schedule that included eight ranked opponents. With wins in both matches, BYU can finish the regular season at .500 overall and 5-4 in WCC play headed into the conference tournament. Morgan Anderson-Littlewood, Toby Miclat and Savannah Ware will look to continue their stellar conference play in improve on their combined 19-5 combined singles record in WCC play.
The Beach (13-5, 7-0) clinched at least a share of the Big West title last week with a victory over UC Santa Barbara and will look to use a competitive matchup with the Cougars as a tune-up for the final couple weeks of the season. The Toreros (2-12, 1-6) have endured a tough season in the WCC but boast the No. 80 doubles duo in the country made up of Sana Oppinger and Drew Spinosa.
The match on Friday at Long Beach State will begin at 2 p.m. PDT and Saturday’s visit to San Diego starts at 10 a.m. Live stats for both matches will be available through the BYU women's tennis schedule page.