Freshman Morgan Anderson secured the match win for BYU with a 6-3, 6-3 victory on Court 2. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
DALLAS – The BYU women’s tennis team wrapped up its trip to Texas with a 4-3 win over No. 75 Southern Methodist University Saturday.
“I think we ended the trip really well,” said BYU coach Lauren Jones-Spencer. “We had a few tough matches but we turned it around today. The girls had a good attitude and we stayed positive and trusted our game. SMU is a good team and it’s a great win for us.”
The Cougars (3-7) snapped a five-match losing streak with the win over the Mustangs (1-7). The victory was BYU’s first over a ranked team this season.
The Cougars jumped out early, taking the doubles point with wins on courts 1 and 2. Playing together for the first time this spring, senior Megan Price and sophomore Desiree Tran teamed up at the No. 1 doubles position to defeat Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer, 8-2. Freshmen Meghan Sheehan-Dizon and Morgan Anderson took an 8-4 decision over Ashley Turpin and Elena Fayner on Court 2 to capture the doubles point for BYU.
In singles, SMU’s No. 60 Cieplucha topped Tran at the No. 1 singles position, 6-1, 6-1. BYU answered with its own singles win on Court 5, where Paul held Perri Anderson to three games, taking the match, 6-2, 6-1.
In another back-and-forth exchange, the Mustangs took a 6-3, 6-1 decision over Waldron on Court 6 before BYU’s Sheehan-Dizon defeated Turpin, 6-1, 6-3.
Playing at the No. 2 singles position, Anderson secured the match for the Cougars with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Fayner.
BYU continues its matches on the road in Boise when it takes on University of Texas, Arlington on March 9 and Boise State on March 10.
BYU – 4
No. 75 SMU – 3
1. No. 60 Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) def. Desiree Tran (BYU), 6-1, 6-1
2. Morgan Anderson (BYU) def. Elena Fayner (SMU), 6-3, 6-3
3. Heather Steinbauer (SMU) def. Megan Price (BYU), 7-5, 6-4
4. Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) def. Ashley Turpin (SMU), 6-1, 6-3
5. Aubrey Paul (BYU) def. Perri Anderson (SMU), 6-2, 6-1
6. Kris Roberts (SMU) def. Lisa Waldron (BYU), 6-3, 6-1
1. M. Price/D. Tran (BYU) def. E. Cieplucha/H. Steinbauer (SMU), 8-2
2. M. Sheehan-Dizon/M. Anderson (BYU) def. A. Turpin/E. Fayner (SMU), 8-4
3. K. Roberts/P. Anderson (SMU) def. A. Paul/L. Waldron (BYU), 9-8(3)
SMU (1-7); National ranking #75
Order of finish: Doubles (1, 2, 3); Singles (1, 5, 6, 4, 2, 3)