Three Cougars lose to three top-25 players

Freshman Mayci Jones fell in the second round to No. 5 in the nation. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Three BYU players fall to three top-25 opponents in the second round as the first day of the Thunderbird Invitational concluded, Friday at Arizona State.
 
“The girls fought hard and played well,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “This level of competition raised our confidence.”
 
Freshman Mayci Jones won her first match of the day against Arizona State’s Gussie O’Sullivan, 1-3, 6-3, 6-2. She then battled No. 5 in the nation Anett Schutting of California and lost 6-1, 6-4.
 
Sophomore Nicolette Tran also advanced in her first match of the day by blanking Fresno State’s Tanya Murtagh, 6-0, 6-0. Tran also faced tough competition as she fell to No. 23 in the nation, Klara Fabikova of California, 2-6, 6-0, 6-0.
 
The third BYU player to advance in singles, Meghan Sheehan-Dizon, was also stopped in the second round. After beating Arizona State’s Kassidy Jump, 6-4, 6-3, she was topped by No. 12 in the nation, Petra Niedermayerova of Kansas State, 6-4, 6-4.
 
In consolation singles, Morgan Anderson defeated Kansas State’s Amina St. Hill, 6-3, 6-3. She fell in her first match of the day against Stephanie Vlad of Arizona State, 6-2, 6-0.
 
Freshman Toby Miclat lost her first-round match against California’s Maegan Manasse, 6-4, 6-3. She bounced back in her second match with a comeback victory over Annie Weirda of Michigan, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0.
 
In doubles, the team of Miclat and Desiree Tran dominated California’s Alice Duranteau and Cecilia Estlander, 8-2. Anderson teamed up with Michigan’s Sara Remynse to defeat St. Hill and Livia Cirnu of Kansas State, 8-4.
 
Jones and Sheehan-Dizon narrowly fell to Arizona State’s Vlad and Joanna Smith, 8-7 (10-8)
 
Tournament action will continue tomorrow at the invitational beginning with doubles at 8:30 a.m. MST.
 
 
Doubles
Stephanie Vlad/Joanna Smith (ASU) def. Mayci Jones/Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) 8-7 (10-8)
Amina St. Hill/Livia Cirnu (KSU) def. Morgan Anderson (BYU)/Sara Remynse (Mich) 8-4
Toby Miclat/Desiree Tran (BYU) def. Alice Duranteau/Cecilia Estlander (Cal) 8-2
 
Singles 
Round of 32
Mayci Jones (BYU) def. Gussie O’Sullivan (ASU) 1-3, 6-3, 6-2
Stephanie Vlad (ASU) def. Morgan Anderson (BYU) 6-2, 6-0
Nicolette Tran (BYU) def. Tanya Murtagh (FS) 6-0, 6-0
Maegan Manasse (Cal) def. Toby Miclat (BYU) 6-4, 6-1
Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) def. Kassidy Jump (ASU) 6-4, 6-3
 
Round of 16
Anett Schutting (Cal) def. Mayci Jones (BYU) 6-1, 6-4
Klara Fabikova (Cal) def. Nicolette Tran (BYU) 2-6, 6-0, 6-0
Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) 6-4, 6-4
 
1st Round Consolation Bracket
Morgan Anderson (BYU) def. Amina St. Hill (KSU) 6-3, 6-3
Toby Miclat (BYU) def. Annie Weirda (Mich) 2-6, 6-1, 6-0