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acook | Posted: 24 Feb 2016 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Cougars fall in Deseret Duel at No. 66 Utah


SALT LAKE CITY – BYU women's tennis fell 7-0 to No. 66 Utah on Wednesday at the Eccles Tennis Center in the Deseret First Credit Union Duel. 

"We just didn't step up or play our best tennis today," BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. "Utah came out hungry and they played to win. We're going to have to turn it around and play harder in our next match."

In doubles competition, the Utes (6-3) overpowered BYU (1-7) to win the first point of the match. BYU's No. 1 doubles duo, Mayci Jones and Toby Miclat, fell 6-1 to Margo Pletcher and Brianna Turley and Natella Nabieva and Erica Chichoni were defeated at No. 3 doubles, 6-3, by Utah's Luisa De Rosa and Jena Cheng. 

Utah continued to hold the upper hand in singles with Sarah Richter defeating Miclat at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-3. Playing at No. 3 singles for BYU, Nicolette Poulsen fell 6-1, 6-4, before Utah's Cheng defeated Savannah Ware at the No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-3, to clinch the match for the Utes.

At the No.1 spot for the Cougars, Jones fell 6-2, 6-2, to Utah's Pletcher and Nabieva lost at No. 5 singles, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4). In her first match of the season for the Cougars, Chichoni fell 2-6, 6-4, 10-6, to the Utes' Alexia Petrovic at the No. 6 spot. 

The Cougars return home to host San Francisco on Tuesday, March 1, at 11 a.m. MST. Admission is free to the public and free pizza will be provided.

Fans can also follow the matches live


acook | Posted: 22 Feb 2016 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

BYU at No. 51 Utah in Deseret Duel on Wednesday


PROVO, Utah – BYU women's tennis visits in-state rival No. 51 Utah, Wednesday in the Deseret First Credit Union Duel. The match begins at 5 p.m. and will be played at the Eccles Tennis Center on the University of Utah campus.

"This rivalry match is something we look forward to every year," BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. "Regardless of where we are or how we've done, this match is always a tough and exciting one. It's more than just about tennis, it's a big rivalry between both schools." 

BYU (1-6) will be led by senior Nicolette Poulsen, who went 2-0 last weekend, winning singles matches against players from No. 10 Texas Tech and No. 42 William & Mary. 

"Going into the match we just need to focus on playing to win and being positive and believing in ourselves," Jones said. 'We've had a tough schedule so far this year but this is a great opportunity for us to get going on the right track."

Utah (5-2) looks to rebound after a 5-2 loss at New Mexico. The Cougars lead the rivalry with an all-time 36-12 record against the Utes. 

Fans can follow the match live.