BYU tennis: No. 64 BYU falls against No. 28 Arizona State

By McKay Perry

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, March 15 2014 10:12 p.m. MDT

Facing its second opponent ranked in the top 30 this season, No. 64 BYU women’s tennis gave No. 28 Arizona State a scare in a 4-3 loss Saturday.

“We had another great start today with doubles,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “ASU came out ready in singles and took the early lead on almost every court. We fought, but it’s very difficult to play from behind and pull out a big match. Savannah (Ware) and Mo (Anderson-Littlewood) did a great job today. They both performed well.”

The Cougars (4-6) fell to the Sun Devils (13-2) despite taking the doubles point for a second consecutive match.

After falling behind with a loss at first doubles, BYU knotted the score by winning at the third slot as Anderson-Littlewood and Meghan Sheehan-Dizon finished off Stephanie Vlad and Joanna Smith, 8-6.

The point came down to the matchup at second doubles as freshmen Mayci Jones and Toby Miclat topped Leighann Sahagun and Ebonie Panoho, 8-4, for the 1-0 Cougar lead.

The Sun Devils evened the match as they swung momentum their way in singles action.

Miclat fell to her opponent in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0, but Anderson-Littlewood put the Cougars ahead with a two-set victory of her own, defeating Joanna Smith, 6-3, 6-3, at the sixth spot.

ASU took the lead again as Jones and Sheehan-Dizon both lost in two sets, bringing the match to 3-2.

Sophomore Nicolette Tran attempted to knot the match at third singles. After falling 6-1 in the first set, she countered with a 6-2 win but fell 6-0 in the third.

Soon after the Cougar loss at third singles, Savannah Ware finished off her opponent with the comeback victory. After being blanked in the first set, she forced her way back into control, taking the match 0-6, 6-4, 6-4.

BYU opens up a three-match home stand beginning with No. 65 Marshall on Thursday at noon MDT, followed by two West Coast Conference matches against Pacific on Friday at noon and No. 34 Saint Mary's on Saturday at noon.

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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