BYU tennis: Cougar tennis teams begin the WCC Championships

By McKay Perry

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, April 21 2014 6:28 p.m. MDT

The BYU women’s and men’s tennis teams begin their pursuits of the tournament title in the West Coast Conference Championships with the women seeded No. 2 and the men seeded No. 6 at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

Women’s tennis

After it’s first undefeated home schedule in 16 years, the 57th-ranked Cougars (12-7, 8-1 WCC) are the No. 2 seed and get an automatic bye to the semifinals of the WCC tournament Friday at 12:30 p.m. PDT. BYU will face either Gonzaga, Pacific, Saint Mary’s or San Francisco.

The Cougars defeated Gonzaga and San Francisco by the score of 4-3 and Pacific with a 6-1 mark. The team’s 5-2 upset win over then No. 38 Saint Mary’s was the first win over a top-40 team since 2007, when coach Lauren Jones-Spencer was a senior on the team.

The team is led by three newcomers — freshmen Mayci Jones, Toby Miclat and Savannah Ware.

Jones plays at the No. 1 spot and is coming off two straight wins last weekend. Miclat posted a 12-7 dual match record from fourth and fifth singles, while Ware saw time at No. 5 and No. 6, compiling a 14-5 dual mark.

Men’s tennis

Coming off two dominating home wins, the Cougars (10-14, 4-5 WCC) will face seventh-seeded Pacific on Wednesday at 9 a.m. PDT.

During the regular season matchup in Stockton, Calif., BYU topped the Tigers, 4-3, after rallying from a 3-0 deficit.

The team is led by Francis Sargeant at first singles. The junior compiled a 28-11 record overall and 17-6 in dual match play.

Women's and men's action can be followed on the BYU Athletics website.

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

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