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Five Utah Tennis Players Named to All-MWC Team

Junior Erin Monson

Junior Erin Monson

April 22, 2009

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Three women's and two men's tennis players earned 2008-09 All-Mountain West Conference accolades, the league announced Wednesday at the MWC Tournament banquet in Albuquerque. This is the first time for each player to receive this award.

Senior Wes Hancock

From the women's team, Junior Erin Monson was selected for her doubles and singles accomplishments. Freshman Anastasia Putilina received a nod for her outstanding efforts in singles play. Finally, junior Andrea Maughan was recognized for her doubles performances with partner Monson.

"This is a great honor for our program," said women's head coach Mat Iandolo. "Having three players, who are under-classmen, selected in singles and or doubles is very encouraging for next year."

Freshman Anastasia Putilina

Senior Wes Hancock and Junior Phillip Eilers were recognized from the men's team for their accomplishments as a doubles team as well as their own individual singles efforts.

"Phillip and Wes both had a great year for us in singles and doubles," commented men's head coach F.D. Robbins. "They are a big reason why we finished second in the conference in the regular season and had a very successful year overall. I would to thank them for their contributions to the men's tennis program and representing the University of Utah so well in their athletic achievements. Congratulations to both of them."

Monson went 3-5 in conference and 8-13 in overall dual match singles play, primarily from the No. 2 position. Monson clinched the match against Colorado State for Utah, and had big wins in the matches against non-conference opponents Boise State, Virginia, and Denver.

Hancock posted a 3-3 MWC record and went 20-13 overall playing mostly in the No. 1 position. Hancock upset the No. 62nd-ranked singles player of TCU Slah Mbarek, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, clinching the match for Utah.

Junior Phillip Eilers

Putilina compiled a 3-4 record in conference and 10-10 in overall dual match play. The powerful freshman, playing from the No. 1 singles position, clinched the Utes' victory over 44th-ranked Washington State with an upset win over 124th-ranked Elizabeth Fournier. Putilina also upset Virginia's 42nd-ranked Jennifer Stevens and Boise State's 104th-ranked Pichittra Thongdach.

Eilers compiled a 5-1 MWC record going 20-9 overall during his first year with the Utes playing primarily in the No. 2 spot. He upset the No. 76th-ranked singles player Kriegler Brink of TCU, 6-2, 6-1. Eilers was the only men's player to earn Player of the Week for Utah this season. In their match against BYU Eilers clinched the Utes' win after defeating Thomas Shubert, 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.

Junior Andrea Maughan was acknowledged for her performance in doubles with Monson. The duo went 3-5 in conference and 7-9 in overall dual match play, assisting in the clinching of five doubles points. The juniors played one match at the No. 3 position before leapfrogging up to the No. 1 spot.

Junior Andrea Maughan

Hancock and Eilers teamed up in doubles to post a 5-1 MWC record and went 15-2 overall from the No. 1 position. The duo upset the No.20th-ranked TCU doubles team of Brink and Mbarek, 8-4. In their match against No. 27th-ranked Boise State the pair clinched the doubles point topping Kean Feeder and James Meredith, 8-6. Hancock and Eilers are currently the No. 47th-ranked doubles team released by the ITA April 21.



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