BYU tennis: No. 40 Pepperdine defeats No. 51 BYU women's tennis

By McKay Perry

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, March 29 2014 7:32 p.m. MDT

No. 51 BYU women’s tennis was handed its first conference loss at the hands of No. 40 Pepperdine, 5-2, in a showdown between the top two West Coast Conference teams Saturday.

The Cougars (8-7, 4-1 WCC) had won four straight matches prior to the meeting with the Waves (10-4, 4-0 WCC).

“We had our opportunities in doubles but weren’t able to capitalize,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “We didn’t compete as well as we needed to today. We are going to learn from this match and keep moving forward.”

BYU built some early momentum with a win at third doubles. Juniors Meghan Sheehan-Dizon and Morgan Anderson-Littlewood closed out the victory over Matea Cutura and Yuki Chang, 8-5.

Pepperdine evened the match with a win at No. 1 doubles as freshmen Mayci Jones and Toby Miclat fell, 8-5. The Waves then secured the point when Ale Granillo and Michaela Capannolo proved to be too much for Nicolette Tran and Savannah Ware as they fell, 8-6.

BYU attempted to right the ship, but Pepperdine clinched the match as it took the next four singles matches.

Freshman Jones fell to No. 25 Lorraine Guillermo in straight sets, and Tran fell to No. 96 Granillo, 6-2, 6-4.

The Cougars’ Sheehan-Dizon and Ware picked up singles wins at the No. 2 and No. 5 spots, respectively. The Waves retired both the matches.

BYU continues WCC play at home against Santa Clara on Friday at noon MDT.

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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