Cougars clinch first WCC win in dramatic fashion against Dons

Freshman Savannah Ware clinched the win for the Cougars in their first West Coast Conference match. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
PROVO, Utah -- Despite being downed in doubles, BYU women’s tennis stunned San Francisco 4-3 on freshman Savannah Ware’s match-clinching win at sixth singles on Saturday.
 
In their West Coast Conference opener, the Cougars improved to 4-4 on the season while the Dons fell to 8-4 (0-2 WCC). In all four losses this season, BYU also lost the doubles point.
 
“It feels really good to pull out a win today, especially after losing the doubles point,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “Everyone stepped up and it means a lot. It’s a really important confidence-builder going forward.”
 
Ware took the first set 6-4 before a 6-0 setback in the second against Brooke Irish. The Southern California native found herself in a 2-5 hole in the third before coming back in dramatic fashion, taking it 7-5 while clinching the match for the Cougars. Ware’s win was the second time in three chances this season she has clinched a win for BYU.
 
With the match at 3-2 in favor of San Francisco, freshman Toby Miclat knotted the score with her victory over Milica Hadzi-Tanovic, 6-4, 7-5, setting up Ware's match-clinching win.
 
Following doubles, freshman Mayci Jones fell to Andrea Ka 6-3, 6-4, but Nicolette Tran put the Cougars on the board as she edged Sofia Holmberg in two close sets, 7-6 (9-7), 7-5.
 
Junior Meghan Sheehan-Dizon evened the score at two apiece, securing the victory over Thyra Taune, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. Senior Desiree Tran fell to her opponent, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5). 
 
The Cougars will be back on the road next weekend as they face No. 50 Yale Friday at 1:30 p.m. MDT and No. 40 Arizona State Saturday at noon.
 
 
Tennis Match Results
San Francisco vs Brigham Young University
Mar 04, 2014 at Provo
(Outdoor Tennis Courts)
Brigham Young University 4, San Francisco 3
 
Singles competition
1. KA, Andrea (SF) def. JONES, Mayci (BYU) 6-3, 6-4
2. SHEEHAN-DIZON, Meg. (BYU) def. TAUNE, Thyra (SF) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
3. TRAN, Nicolette (BYU) def. HOLMBERG, Sofia (SF) 7-6 (9-7), 7-5
4. NIKOLIC, Marina (SF) def. TRAN, Desiree (BYU) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)
5. MICLAT, Toby (BYU) def. HADZI-TANOVIC, Mili. (SF) 6-4, 7-5
6. WARE, Savannah (BYU) def. IRISH, Brooke (SF) 6-4, 0-6, 7-5
 
Doubles competition
1. TAUNE, Thyra/HOLMBERG, Sofia (SF) def. JONES, Mayci/TRAN, Nicolette (BYU) 8-7 (7-5)
2. KA, Andrea/NIKOLIC, Marina (SF) def. SHEEHAN-DIZON, Meg./MICLAT, Toby (BYU) 8-6
3. HADZI-TANOVIC, Mili./IRISH, Brooke (SF) def. ANDERSON, Morgan/MADDOX, Mackenna (BYU) 8-4
Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,3,2,4,5,6)