BYU women’s tennis begins WCC play with 5-2 win

Ari Davis
Playing at the No 1. singles spot, junior Mayci Jones hits a shot back to her opponent. (Ari Davis)

The BYU women’s tennis team opened up West Coast Conference play on Tuesday with a 5-2 win over the University of San Francisco.

The Cougars came out of the gate strong, securing the doubles point within just a half hour. In her first doubles victory of the season, Erica Chichoni and her partner Natella Nabieva took down their opponents in a 6-1 victory. Nicolette Poulsen and Savannah Ware soon followed (6-2) and the doubles point went to the BYU.

Moving into the singles play, Ware won in two sets in a clean and quick 6-1, 6-1 match. Toby Miclat finished next (6-3, 6-4) pushing the overall score to 3-0, BYU. Just one win away from 40 career singles victories, Poulsen came back from a 0-1 deficit to win in three sets: 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 and clinch the match for BYU.

In a heartbreaking three set battle, Jones lost 4-6, 6-3, 3-6 at the number one singles spot. However, the win was already secured, and the final overall score was 5-2.

“I’m very happy with the way we bounced back after our last match,” said BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer. “We looked like a new team today. We fought hard on every court and played with confidence and that made the difference today.”

Next the Cougars will head north to face Portland this Friday, March 4.

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