Road woes continue for women netters


Finding a way to win on the road continues to be difficult for the BYU women’s tennis team who lost two more away matches this weekend — first to No. 51 San Diego on Friday and then to No. 43 Saint Mary’s on Saturday.

After beginning the season with four straight wins at home, the Cougars are now 3–9 in their last 12 matches, 10 of which have been away from Provo.

BYU (7–9, 1–4 WCC) and San Diego (8–7, 3–1 WCC) battled things out in an extremely tight match that the Toreros ended up winning 4–3 on the Friday.

BYU freshman returns the ball against Boise State on Feb. 16. The Cougars fell to San Diego and Saint Mary's over the weekend. (Photo Sarah Hill)
BYU freshman Mackenna Maddox returns the ball against Boise State on Feb. 16. The Cougars fell to San Diego and Saint Mary’s over the weekend. (Photo Sarah Hill)

“The girls fought hard today, and it was nice to pull out these singles matches on the road,” BYU coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said in a new release. “Going into tomorrow (against Saint Mary’s) it’s all about being confident and getting off to a good start in both singles and doubles.”

The Toreros won all three doubles matches to start out the match with a 1–0 lead. They continued winning in singles, first with a victory from Laura Claus over BYU junior Desiree Tran, 6–0, 6–4.

Then San Diego’s Anna Depenau extended the lead to 3–0 with her victory over Morgan Anderson.

BYU senior Aubrey Paul gave the Cougars some relief as she continued her hot streak with her sixth consecutive victory, this time over Nicole Ramser 7–5, 6–0.

After Paul took the score to 3–1 and gave BYU a glimmer of hope, San Diego’s Stephanie Hoffpauir quickly ended BYU’s comeback with her victory over BYU sophomore Meghan Sheehan-Dizon. Despite the overall match being out of reach, freshmen Nicolette Tran and Mackenna Maddox won their two matches to bring the final score to 4–3 in favor of San Diego.

Saturday’s match against Saint Mary’s was shortened because of bad weather and only singles were play. After a tight match the day before, the Cougars weren’t able to keep this one close, falling 5–1 to the Gaels. Paul picked up the Cougars lone point with a seventh straight victory.

BYU will host Washington State on Monday April 8.



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