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BYU tennis: women get first league win of the year

Seniors Meghan Sheehan-Dizon and Morgan Anderson-Littlewood led No. 65 BYU women’s tennis to a 5-2 win over Portland on Friday in Provo with dominating straight-set wins.

“We did a great job in doubles today being aggressive and playing with confidence,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “We were able to carry that over to our singles matches. I am really proud of the way the girls stepped up today.”

The Cougars (4-4, 1-0 West Coast Conference) seized control of the match early when they captured the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead. Sophomores Mayci Jones and Toby Miclat were quick off the court at No. 1 doubles beating Portland’s Sophie van den Aarssen and Maja Mladenovic, 6-3. Sheehan-Dizon and Anderson-Littlewood clinched the doubles point after a victory over Amanda Zuidema and Emily Gould, 6-3.

BYU carried the momentum into singles play but fell at No. 1 and 2 singles. Jones fell first to the No. 70 singles player Lucia Butkovska, 6-0, 6-2. The Cougars regained the lead when Sheehan-Dizon outplayed Saroop Dhatt to a 6-4, 6-2 victory. The Pilots (4-2, 0-1) bounced back at No. 2 singles to tie the match at two. Mladenovic beat Nicolette Tran, 6-3, 7-5.

Despite the tie, BYU went on to win the final three matches to seal the win. Savannah Ware kept her singles unbeaten streak alive and pulled out a three-set thriller over van den Aarssen, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4. Toby Miclat and Anderson-Littlewood both won convincingly in straight sets against Tori Troesch (6-1, 6-4) and Amanda Zuidema (6-0, 6-2), respectively.

The Cougar women return to action next Saturday, Feb. 28, when they host former Mountain West Conference foe New Mexico at 10 a.m., at the indoor tennis courts.

McKay Perry is the sports information director for BYU softball and an assistant sports information director for BYU football. Contact him at softball_sid@byu.edu