Whiteman Tennis Center
800 East 6th Street Tempe AZ 85281
TEMPE, Ariz. – After two days of individual tournament competition, players from the BYU women’s tennis team tallied seven total wins at the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational this weekend.
“The girls fought hard this weekend against some touch competition,” BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “Doubles went really well, our teams keep getting stronger each match we play.”
On Friday, doubles partners sophomore Meghan Sheehan-Dizon and junior Desiree Tran defeated their first opponents Idil Haciraifoglu and Alexandra Victorsson from San Diego, 8-4. The team then barely lost their match today to Fidan Manashirova and Kara Cecil from Ohio State, 9-8.
The other doubles team of freshman Mackenna Maddox and sophomore Morgan Anderson lost on Friday against Arizona State’s Nikki Smith and Stephanie Vlad, 8-4. The duo won their match today, topping Kelly Chi and Alice Duranteau from Cal, 8-5.
In singles play, Maddox topped Joanna Smith from Arizona State, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round. In the Round of 16, Maddox was edged out by Michigan’s Ronit Yurovsky, 6-1, 7-6 (3).
Anderson fell to Vlad, 6-0, 6-3, in the main draw but then won her next three matches to advance to the semifinals of the consolation bracket.
The Cougars start regular season play on Jan. 19 against Weber State.
PROVO, Utah – The BYU women’s tennis team travels south this weekend to compete in the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational at the Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe, Ariz. on Friday and Saturday.
“I’m looking for them to compete hard this weekend,” coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “We’ve been working on foot work, our movement to the ball and focusing a lot on doubles. I think we have our teams figured out a little better so we are really hoping to do better in the doubles matches.”
Six other teams will compete at the tournament including Arizona State, Ohio State, San Diego, Kansas State, Michigan and Cal.
This tournament will be the last even before regular season matches being in January.
The Cougars last played on Oct. 13 at the USTA Mountain Regional Championships. Junior Desiree Tran won three matches and advanced to the Round of 16.
The ASU Tournament can be followed on thesundevils.com.