Cougar Jones to Feature in Final

Freshman McCall Jones will compete for the singles title Saturday (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The BYU women’s tennis team will have a chance to capture another BYU Invitational singles title Saturday as freshman McCall Jones faces Boise State’s Lauren Megale.

Last year’s singles winner Kristina Doerr will not have the opportunity to defend her title after losing a close three-set match to Megale in the semifinals. Doerr started out strong, clinching the first set 6-3 but the momentum favored Megale in the second and, despite her efforts, Doerr was unable to come up with the victory.

“It was a hard fought match and I gave it my all, but it didn’t go the way I wanted,” Doerr said. “You learn from it.”

In the other finals spot will be Jones, who powered past two Utah opponents Friday. Jones has played solid tennis throughout the tournament and has yet to drop more than two games in a set.

Jones and partner Doerr had the chance to feature in the doubles final, but could not pull out the semifinal win over Utah’s Anastasia Putilina and Erin Monson. The Cougars, who were down 2-6, won four games in a row to force a tiebreak, but the Utes edged them out in the end.

“We fought hard to come back,” Doerr said. “They played well. It just wasn’t our day.”

BYU coach Craig Manning was impressed with the play he saw from the Cougars Friday and is anxious to begin practice next week.

“It’s coming together,” Manning said. “We just need to keep playing and figuring things out.”

Saturday’s matches will begin at 10 a.m. at the BYU outdoor tennis courts and are open to the public. The courts are located south of the Smith Fieldhouse and are accessible through an entrance on the east side. All BYU parking lots are available for public parking Saturday.

For updated tournament results, go to www.edraws.com/byu.