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BYU Falls in First Conference Match
PROVO, Utah – The BYU women’s tennis team dropped its first West Coast Conference match of the season Monday, falling to No. 72 San Diego, 5-2, at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts.
“We not only hung with them, but we had our chances to take the match,” BYU coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “We’ll use that in our matches going forward. We had our opportunities and I think we’ll get there and continue to improve. We just need to stay focused and keep going.”
The Toreros (4-7) took the doubles point, claiming two of the three doubles wins. BYU’s No. 1 duo of senior Megan Price and sophomore Desiree Tran won the lone doubles victory for the Cougars (4-10, 0-1 WCC), topping Juliette Coupez and Idil Haciraifoglu 8-5.
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BYU jumped out ahead in singles competition, taking the first two singles wins. Playing at the No. 1 singles position, Tran was down 4-6 in the second set tiebreaker before winning four consecutive points to take the second set and match, 6-1, 7-6(8-6), over Coupez. Shortly after, freshman Meghan Sheehan-Dizon recorded a 6-4, 6-4 win over Marite Raygada on Court 4.
San Diego answered with wins on courts 2 and 3. Freshman Morgan Anderson dropped a 7-5, 7-5 decision on Court 2 before Price narrowly fell 3-6, 7-6, 7-5.
The Toreros secured the match win with Cara Brown’s 6-3, 6-3 victory on Court 6 over BYU freshman Lisa Waldron. San Diego extended the lead with a close 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over junior Aubrey Paul at the No. 5 position.
Competing in the WCC for its first year, BYU continues conference play Saturday against San Francisco. The match kicks off at 11 a.m. MDT at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts, weather pending.
#72 USD – 5
BYU – 2
1. Megan Price/Desiree Tran (BYU) def. J. Coupez/I. Haciraifoglu (USD), 8-5
2. A. Depenau/M. Sujica (USD) def. Morgan Anderson/Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU), 8-3
3. C. Brown/S. Hoffpauir (USD) def. Aubrey Paul/Andie Young (BYU), 8-3
1. Desiree Tran (BYU) def. Juliette Coupez (USD), 6-1, 7-6(8-6)
2. Stephanie Hoffpauir (USD) def. Morgan Anderson (BYU), 7-5, 7-5
3. Anna Depenau (USD) def. Megan Price (BYU), 3-6, 7-6, 7-5
4. Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) def. Marite Raygada (USD), 6-4, 6-4
5. Idil Haciraifoglu (USD) def. Aubrey Paul (BYU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
6. Cara Brown (USD) def. Lisa Waldron (BYU), 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 1, 2); Singles (1, 4, 2, 3, 6, 5)
BYU kicks off WCC action after challenging Utah
PROVO, Utah – The BYU women’s tennis team travels to Salt Lake Saturday to challenge in-state rival No. 33 University of Utah in the Deseret Duel before returning home to kick off conference play against No. 72 University of San Diego Monday.
The match between the Cougars (4-8) and the Utes (7-5) is slated to start at 11 a.m. MT. The match will be held at either the Eccles Tennis Center (temperature below 50°F) or Coach Mike's Tennis Academy, 1216 S. Wasatch Drive (temperature above 50°F). BYU’s first West Coast Conference match, against San Diego (3-6), starts at 11 a.m. MT at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts. The match is the Cougars’ first at home since Feb. 18.
BYU split its matches last weekend, dropping a 5-2 decision to the University of Texas-Arlington, before besting Boise State 5-2. Senior Megan Price went undefeated during the weekend at the No. 3 singles position and No. 1 doubles position, alongside sophomore Desiree Tran. The BYU pair is 3-0 this spring.
After injuring her foot in the fall, junior Andie Young made her first appearance this spring, against UT Arlington. Young went 1-1 over the weekend at the No. 3 doubles position with junior Aubrey Paul.
No. 33 Utah has one ranked player in No. 62 Anastasia Putilina. The Utes are coming off losses to No. 5 Stanford, 7-0, and No. 10 Cal, 6-1. Sophomore Sarah Pham scored Utah’s lone point against the Bears, upsetting No. 44 Tayler Davies at the No. 2 singles spot. The win was Pham’s fifth upset over a ranked opponent this year.
Last year, Utah captured a 4-3 victory over BYU in Provo.
No .97 Anna Depenau represents No. 72 San Diego in the national singles rankings. Juliette Coupez leads the Toreros in singles with a 15-5 overall record while going 7-2 this spring. Depenau and Maja Sujica are undefeated in dual matches in doubles and own an eight-match win streak.
The Toreros are coming off a 5-2 win over Sacramento State. San Diego will face UC Irvine Friday in Calif. before traveling to Provo.