Desiree Tran won her singles and doubles match against the Toreros Monday. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO, Utah – The BYU women’s tennis team dropped its first West Coast Conference match of the season Monday, falling to No. 72 San Diego, 5-2, at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts.
“We not only hung with them, but we had our chances to take the match,” BYU coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “We’ll use that in our matches going forward. We had our opportunities and I think we’ll get there and continue to improve. We just need to stay focused and keep going.”
The Toreros (4-7) took the doubles point, claiming two of the three doubles wins. BYU’s No. 1 duo of senior Megan Price and sophomore Desiree Tran won the lone doubles victory for the Cougars (4-10, 0-1 WCC), topping Juliette Coupez and Idil Haciraifoglu 8-5.
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BYU jumped out ahead in singles competition, taking the first two singles wins. Playing at the No. 1 singles position, Tran was down 4-6 in the second set tiebreaker before winning four consecutive points to take the second set and match, 6-1, 7-6(8-6), over Coupez. Shortly after, freshman Meghan Sheehan-Dizon recorded a 6-4, 6-4 win over Marite Raygada on Court 4.
San Diego answered with wins on courts 2 and 3. Freshman Morgan Anderson dropped a 7-5, 7-5 decision on Court 2 before Price narrowly fell 3-6, 7-6, 7-5.
The Toreros secured the match win with Cara Brown’s 6-3, 6-3 victory on Court 6 over BYU freshman Lisa Waldron. San Diego extended the lead with a close 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over junior Aubrey Paul at the No. 5 position.
Competing in the WCC for its first year, BYU continues conference play Saturday against San Francisco. The match kicks off at 11 a.m. MDT at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts, weather pending.
#72 USD – 5
BYU – 2
1. Megan Price/Desiree Tran (BYU) def. J. Coupez/I. Haciraifoglu (USD), 8-5
2. A. Depenau/M. Sujica (USD) def. Morgan Anderson/Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU), 8-3
3. C. Brown/S. Hoffpauir (USD) def. Aubrey Paul/Andie Young (BYU), 8-3
1. Desiree Tran (BYU) def. Juliette Coupez (USD), 6-1, 7-6(8-6)
2. Stephanie Hoffpauir (USD) def. Morgan Anderson (BYU), 7-5, 7-5
3. Anna Depenau (USD) def. Megan Price (BYU), 3-6, 7-6, 7-5
4. Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) def. Marite Raygada (USD), 6-4, 6-4
5. Idil Haciraifoglu (USD) def. Aubrey Paul (BYU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
6. Cara Brown (USD) def. Lisa Waldron (BYU), 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 1, 2); Singles (1, 4, 2, 3, 6, 5)