Freshmen play well despite BYU loss to Utah

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BYU women’s tennis narrowly lost to rival Utah, 4-3, Wednesday in the Deseret Duel.
Utah drew first blood in the match, sweeping the doubles games. BYU freshman bounced back in singles play for the Cougars.

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 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)ougars.
“I’m proud of the freshmen today for playing to win in singles,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “We came out too slow again in doubles. We’re going to learn from this match and keep working hard.”
Freshman Toby Miclat fought hard into extra points against Paige Miles, finally winning 6-2, 6-7, 10-8. Following Miclat, fellow freshman Savannah Ware defeated her opponent in just two sets, 7-6, 6-4.
Meghan Sheehan-Dizon played well against undefeated Sarah Pham, but eventually lost in two close sets, 7-6, 6-3.
Utah came back to win the next singles matches and seal the victory over the Cougars, 4-3.
The Cougars will travel to UC Irvine Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m. PST.

Doubles
1. Bekerova/Miles def. Jones/N. Tran, 8-3
2. Richter/da Rosa def. Sheehan-Dizon/Miclat, 8-3
3. Pham/Craig def. Anderson/Maddox, 7-6

Singles
1. Bekerova vs. Jones, 7-5, 3-3, unf.
2. Pham def. Sheehan-Dizon, 7-6, 6-3
3. Craig def. N Tran, 6-3, 6-1
4. Richter def. D. Tran, 6-4, 6-4
5. Miclat def. Miles, 6-2, 6-7, 10-8
6. Ware def. da Rosa, 7-6, 6-4

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