BYU tennis: BYU falls on road in season opener

By McKay Perry

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Jan. 18 2014 10:44 p.m. MST

In the season opening match, the BYU women’s tennis team fell on the road to No. 28 Tulsa, 7-0, on Saturday at Tulsa.

“We had our opportunities today but didn’t capitalize,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “We need to play with more confidence moving forward because we have the talent.”

The Cougars (0-1) played three freshmen in their season opening defeat to the Golden Hurricane (1-0).

In doubles action, BYU had some realistic chances to take the point but couldn’t sway the momentum. Junior Meghan Sheehan-Dizon paired up with freshman Toby Miclat and lost 6-2 to Samantha Vickers and Isaura Enrique. Junior Morgan Anderson-Littlewood and sophomore Mackenna Maddox narrowly lost to Renata Kuricova and Yelena Nemchen, 7-5.

The match of freshman Mayci Jones and Nicolette Tran versus Maria Sant'Anna and Dobby Leenabanchong went unfinished but was tied up at 6-6 (1-1) before Tulsa locked up the doubles point.

The underclassmen had a strong showing in singles but ultimately fell down the stretch. Sophomore Tran took the first set against No. 47 nationally ranked Nemchen but eventually lost the match in tiebreakers, 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7).

Miclat’s match ended in similar fashion as she took the first set and lost to her opponent in the eventual tiebreakers, 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-4).

The first two singles matches saw the Cougars each go down, 6-3, 6-0. Jones lost to No. 48 nationally ranked Vickers and Sheehan-Dizon was defeated by Enrique.

BYU will have a chance to rebound when it travels to Seattle to face No. 45 Washington on Jan. 31 at 1:30 p.m. PST.

McKay Perry is the sports information director for BYU men's and women's tennis. Contact him at tennis_sid@byu.edu

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