The Cougar women continued to struggle on the road after losing on Friday 5–2 to Oregon and on Saturday 6–1 to No. 55 Denver.
“Oregon played well today,” BYU coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said in a news release. “They came out strong and played to win.”
BYU is now 1–4 in its last five matches, including three losses on the road.
The Cougars came out slowly in doubles play and were never able to recover. In the No. 1 position, Oregon’s Nicole Long and Patricia Skowronski defeated sophomore Meghan Sheehan-Dizon and freshman Nicolette Tran 8–2. On Court 2 the Cougars lost 8-4. The third singles match did not finish because the point had already been decided.
Oregon (9–1) continued its domination on the singles end by winning four matches in a row and securing yet another win for the Ducks. BYU freshman Mackenna Maddox almost took the Ducks’ Lana Buttner to three sets, but narrowly lost in the second set 7–6, after losing 6–0 in the first set. BYU senior Aubrey Paul and Nicolette Tran picked up the lone two points for the Cougars.
On Saturday the Cougars took the court against No. 55 Denver, the second ranked opponent the Cougars have faced this season.
Hoping to give Denver a different look, junior Desiree Tran and freshman Nicolette Tran played doubles together for the first time this season and picked up an 8–6 win over the Pioneers’ Emma Isberg and Mandy van den Eerenbeemt. On Court 3 the Cougars also sent out a different combo with seniors Aubrey Paul and Andie Young playing together. They defeated their opponents 8–4 to give the Cougars the doubles point.
Like Oregon on Friday though, the Cougars were outplayed in singles and Denver turned things around to reel off six straight wins in singles play. Denver’s Sophia Bergner and BYU’s Desiree Tran had the closest match of the afternoon, but Bergner prevailed in three sets 4–6, 6–2, 10–6.
BYU will be on the road once again this week travelling to Hawaii to face BYU-Hawaii on Thursday and Hawaii and Saturday.