BYU women's tennis ends run in Utah Invitational

Aubrey Paul reached the finals in the Utah Invitational before falling to Sammie Watson, 7-6(3), 3-6, 7-6(5). (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - With Aubrey Paul advancing to the finals, the BYU women's tennis team ends its fall season with a strong showing in the Utah Invitational in Salt Lake City.

Senior Aubrey Paul reached the finals of the singles draw-B where she challenged Sammie Watson of Utah. Paul pushed Watson to a tough three-set match with two tiebreakers, but was edged out, 7-6(3), 3-6, 7-6(5).

“Aubrey played really well the whole tournament and is happy with the way she played,” BYU coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “Our team played well and it was a good way to end the fall season.”

The semifinals of the singles draw-B featured three Cougars.

Paul reached the final after topping teammate freshman Meghan Sheehan-Dizon, 6-3, 6-4.

Sophomore Desiree Tran faced Sammie Watson of Utah in the semifinals but was unable to overcome the instate rival, falling 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Senior Megan Price was unable to top Sonia Klamcynska of Boise State, 6-3, 6-3, in the quarterfinals of the singles consolation bracket.

In doubles, Olivia Howlett and Yvette Vlaar of LSU edged out BYU’s Price and freshman Meghan Sheehan-Dizon, falling 8-5 in the quarterfinals of the main doubles draw.

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The tournament marks the end of fall play for the Cougars. BYU won’t play again until Feb. 3, when it travels to play Long Beach State.