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AaronS | Posted: 2 Mar 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Cougars fall short in Deseret Duel



PROVO, Utah – The BYU women’s tennis team fell to Utah 5-2 in the Deseret First Duel on Saturday at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts.
“We fought hard, but I think we beat ourselves today,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “I think the emotions are a little higher in these rivalry matches. Whether one team is ranked or not, it could always go either way.”
The Utes (5-2) took the doubles point by sweeping all three matches. Meghan Sheehan-Dizon and Nicolette Tran were topped by No. 17 Tereza Bekerova and Paige Miles on Court 1. Elena Najera-Salas and Natasha Smith squeaked past Morgan Anderson and Mackenna Maddox on Court 2, 7-6.
The Cougars (5-2) earned the first singles point as Nicolette Tran quickly defeated Najera-Salas 6-1, 6-0 on Court 4. 
Then on Court 2, Anderson notched BYU’s second point with a win over Sarah Pham 6-3, 6-4.
“Morgan had been struggling lately, but she played tough today,” Jones-Spencer said. “She stayed positive, executed her game well and she broke through. It was a huge win for her.”
Desiree Tran forced No. 79 Bekerova to three sets but fell short 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on Court 1.
BYU’s next match is on the road against Oregon Friday at 1 p.m. PST.
1. Bekerova/Miles (UU) def. Sheehan-Dizon/N. Tran (BYU) 8-3
2. Najera-Salas/Smith (UU) def. Anderson/Maddox (BYU) 7-6
3. Craig/Pham (UU) def. Paul/D. Tran (BYU) 8-3
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
1. Tereza Bekerova (UU) def. Desiree Tran (BYU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
2. Morgan Anderson (BYU) def. Sarah Pham (UU) 6-3, 6-4
3. Callie Craig (UU) def. Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) 7-6(6), 6-0
4. Nicolette Tran (BYU) def. Elena Najera-Salas (UU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Natasha Smith (UU) def. Mackenna Maddox (BYU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
6. Paige Miles (UU) def. Aubrey Paul (BYU) 6-3, 6-2
Order of finish: 4, 2, 3, 1, 6, 5

AaronS | Posted: 27 Feb 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Cougars compete in Deseret First Duel


PROVO, Utah - Coming off its first weekend away from home, the BYU women's tennis team will return to the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts to host in-state rival Utah Saturday at 11 a.m. MST.

The match is part of the annual Deseret First Duel with the winner receiving three points towards the overall competition between the schools. Both schools are currently tied at 19.

The Cougars' last match was a 5-2 win over Iowa State. Although BYU (5-1) fell to No. 67 UNLV last week, sophomore Morgan Anderson and freshman Mackenna Maddox remain undefeated at the No. 2 doubles position. The duo of senior Aubrey Paul and junior Desiree Tran is also 6-0 on the season at the No. 3 doubles spot.

BYU owns a 36-10 advantage all-time against the Utes.

Utah (4-2) is coming off wins last week against Boise State and New Mexico. The Utes are led by No. 79 Tereza Bekerova. The junior is also ranked No. 17 in doubles along with teammate Paige Miles.

Admission is free and pizza will be provided.