Cougar tennis eases past Aggies

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The BYU women’s tennis team continued its domination over in-state rival Utah State with a 6–1 victory Saturday afternoon at BYU’s indoor tennis courts.

BYU (2–0) is now 8–0 all-time against the Aggies (1–1).

Sophomore Meghan Sheehan-Dizon returns the ball during her match Saturday against Utah State. The Cougars beat the Aggies 6–1.

“The team played really well today,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “It was a tough match. Utah State is a great team, and the girls came out and fought hard and came out on top.”

The Cougars opened up the match by winning all three doubles matches to pick up the doubles point. Sophomore Meghan Sheehan-Dizon and freshman Nicolette Tran came away with an 8–7 victory over Utah State’s regionally ranked pair — sophomore McKenzie Davis and senior Jaci West.

In singles play BYU won five of six matches.

Sheehan-Dizon started off for the Cougars with a quick 6–1, 6–2 victory over Utah State’s Julie Tukuafu.

Freshman Mackenna Maddox reeled off a 6–2, 6–2 win, Desiree Tran followed with a 6–4, 6–2 win.

“The key to win was just taking advantage of the point,” Tran said.

BYU’s Nicolette Tran and senior Aubrey Paul finished off the Aggies with a pair of victories. After being level at 4–4 in the first set, Paul took control to win 6–4. In the second set Paul got behind 2–3 before rallying to win 6–4 again. Nicolette Tran also won 6–4 in the first set before easing to a 6–2 win in the second set.

“I feel like this year we have a strong team,” Desiree Tran said. “We’re pretty young, but overall we’re pretty strong in all components of the game.”

Utah State’s lone point came in the No. 1 singles match between BYU sophomore Morgan Anderson and the Aggies’ Davis.

Davis took control winning the first set 7–5. Anderson battled back to win the second set 6–3 and force a third and final set. Davis jumped out to a 2–1 lead and then was able to break Anderson’s serve and cruise to a 6–1 third set win and a match victory.

The Cougars will look to continue their great play in two weeks time against Nevada in Reno.

“I think overall we’re doing really well,” Jones-Spencer said. “We’re really strong and I think we’re going to keep getting better each match, and hopefully we’ll peak at the right time.”

 

 

 

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