Jan. 26, 1998
This Week: Utah (2-3) returns home to host No. 14 Brigham Young on Thurs., Jan. 29. The Utes then face another Western Athletic Conference opponent in Colorado State on Sat., Jan. 31. Both matches will be at 6:00 p.m. in the George S. Eccles Tennis Center.
About the Utes: Utah lost three dual matches last week, all to Top-25 teams. The Utes first faced No. 10 Pepperdine and lost 7-2. Anna Svedenhov, returning to the school she transfered from, was Utahs only singles winner as she upset the No. 20 ranked Szofia Csapo 6-3, 1-6, 6-4. The Utes freshman duo of Heidi Thomas and Linda Petersson came away with the only other victory, defeating Nadine Rasterrer and Anh Nguyen 8-4.
The Utes then lost to No. 2 UCLA 7-2. Senior Linda Engblom was the only singles winner for Utah upsetting No. 71 ranked Christina Popescu 7-5 in the first set before Popescu withdrew. Utahs only other team point came at the No. 3 position by default.
In the final dual match of the West Coast trip Utah again fell by the score of 7-2, this time to No. 25 Southern California. Angie Olson and Thomas picked up wins for the Utes. Olson defeated Karolina Bakalarova in three sets 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 and Thomas also won in three, downing Amber Basica 4-6, 7-6, 6-2.
Utah in the ITA Rankings: On the heels of her stellar performance in the ITA Central Regional tournament, Svedenhov moved up to a No. 33 national ranking for singles. She carries a 11-3 singles record and has teamed with Engblom for a 5-2 doubles mark. Megan Payne also climbed into the rankings at No. 106. Utah is ranked No. 64 as a team.
The Opponents: BYU comes to Salt Lake with a No. 14 national ranking.
Three of its athletes carry national rankings for singles: Holly Parkinson (No. 11), Eline Chiew (No. 18), Adrien Jenkins (No. 67). The Cougars also have two doubles teams ranked in the top-20; Jenkins/Chiew (No. 10), Kim Kelly/Parkinson (No. 17). Colorado State is 2-0, with wins against Oral Roberts (7-2) and Eastern Washington (9-0). The Rams are not ranked and have no athletes ranked in singles or doubles nationally.
Looking Ahead: Following their first two WAC matches, the Utes will continue their home stand by facing Central Region rival Idaho State and SMU. The Idaho State match will be on Fri., Feb. 6 at 6:00 p.m. and the SMU contest will be Sat., Feb. 14 at 11:00 a.m..