(Photo by Jaren Wilkey)
PROVO, Utah--Day two of the BYU Invitational ended with the stage being set for an all-BYU singles final and the Cougars taking the doubles title, Friday.
"It was another great day for us," BYU coach Lauren Jones-Spencer
said. "We had a few tight matches, but we're excited for an all-BYU singles final."
Both BYU doubles teams advanced to the final match with the Desiree Tran
and Nicolette Tran
dominating their opponent, Wyoming’s Alma Espinosa and Silviya Zhelyazkova, 8-0. In the other semifinal match, freshman Mayci Jones
and junior Meghan Sheehan-Dizon
clinched a solid victory, 8-6, over Christa Gecheva and Jessica Parizher also of Wyoming.
Jones and Sheehan-Dizon faced the Tran sisters in a close title match. Through the first three matches, the Tran team had only lost 4 games. Jones and Sheehan-Dizon came out with energy to clinch the doubles, 8-6. This is the fourth title in the past five years for BYU.
In singles, freshman Savannah Ware
secured a spot in the singles title match with a 6-1, 3-0(ret), victory over teammate Desiree Tran
. Ware’s first match of the day was her true test. In the semifinal match, she faced fellow freshman teammate Jones. Ware came up with the victory in a tough match, 7-5, 7-6(5).
In the other semifinal match, Meghan Sheehan-Dizon
defeated Veronica Popovici of Wyoming in two sets, 6-2, 6-2. The win ensures a second title for the Cougars in this year's invitational with Saturday's final match between teammates Sheehan-Dizon and Ware determining the winner.
In consolation doubles, BYU’s Toby Miclat
and Savannah Ware
advanced to the semifinals with an 8-4 win over Madeline Skaras and Afton Staheli of Southern Utah.
Tournament play resumes on Saturday with consolation matches beginning at 8 a.m. MT and the singles final scheduled for 10 a.m.