Tournament Ends with Disappointment
PACIFIC -- Despite a strong effort by McCall Jones and Megan Price, the sophomore duo fell 9-7 to the No. 8 pair from Baylor in the quarterfinals at the ITA All-American Championships.
“In this tournament, our players saw that they are as good as the best teams in the nation,” BYU assistant coach Lauren Jones Spencer said. “They saw that they belong at the top.”
Jones and Price, who are ranked No. 29 in the preseason poll, got ahead of Lenka Broosova and Csilla Borsanyi to begin the match. But the seniors showed their strength, coming back to clinch the 9-7 win.
In the consolation round of the singles qualifying draw, Jones handily defeated TCU’s Kayla Duncan 6-2, 6-0 to earn a place in the finals. The match-worn Cougar fought hard but fell 7-6, 6-4.
Spencer noted that Jones endured many physical ailments during the match, her 14th in the last week.
The tournament will continue through Sunday. To see updated results and completed draws, click here.
Sophomores to Feature in All-American Championships
PROVO -- Sophomores McCall Jones and Megan Price will represent BYU at the 2009 ITA Riviera Women’s All-American Championships. The No. 29 tandem was invited to the doubles main draw at the tournament and will begin play Thursday.
Jones and Price will begin competition against preseason No. 4 Andrea Remynse and Yasmin Schnack of UCLA. The Bruin duo defeated BYU’s Kristina Doerr and Romina Nedakovic 8-3 at last week’s Cal Nike Invitational before going on to win the doubles title.
No. 97 Jones was also chosen to represent BYU in singles action. She began competition in the qualifying draw Tuesday, losing a close three-set match to Baylor’s Nina Secerbegovic in the first round. She will not advance to the main draw, as players must win three matches to move on. Jones did compete in the consolation round later Tuesday where she defeated her Akron opponent 6-0, 6-2.
Matches are played at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. For updated draws and results, click here.