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No. 34 Utah Women's Tennis Tops No. 69 Stephen F. Austin

No. 123 junior Callie Craig captured Utah's fourth point.

No. 123 junior Callie Craig captured Utah's fourth point.

Jan. 26, 2013


AUSTIN, Texas - The 34th-ranked University of Utah women's tennis team (1-0) netted a 4-1 victory over No. 69 Stephen F. Austin Saturday at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center as part of the ITA Kickoff Weekend. Utah quickly clinched the doubles point and followed with three singles wins.

In doubles action, 23rd-ranked duo junior Paige Miles and sophomore Tereza Bekerova topped Malena Gordo and Valeria Terentyeva, 8-2, from the top position. Juniors Callie Craig and Sarah Pham then followed with another 8-2 win over Margot de Haan and Laura Servise at the No. 3 spot. With the doubles point in hand for Utah, junior Elena Najera-Salas and sophomore Natasha Smith's match against Julia Lorca and Kateryna Bugarenko was suspended at four apience at the No. 3 slot.

Going into singles play with a 1-0 advantage, Miles quickly posted a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Servise at the No. 6 position. Stephen F. Austin then saw their single point at the No. 4 spot as Najera-Salas fell to Terentyeva, 7-5, 1-0, before the match was retired.

No. 72 Bekerova then bested Lorca, 6-4, 6-4, making the score 3-1. Utah saw their final point at the No. 3 position when 123rd-ranked Craig vanquised Bugayenko, 6-1, 6-4.

The two remaining matches at the Nos. 1 and 4 positions were then suspended. At the top spot No. 103 Pham battled Gordo to a 7-5, 5-1 lead before the match was suspended. At the No. 4 spot, junior Lucia Kovarcikova defeated de Haan in the first set, 6-1, then dropped the second set 4-6 before the match was suspended.

Utah faces 11th-ranked Texas Sunday at 12 MT. Check back to utahutes.com for results following the match.



No. 34 Utah 4, #69 Stephen F. Austin 1

Doubles: Order of Finish: 1, 3* 1. #23 Bekerova/Miles (Utah) def. Gordo/Terentyeva (SFA) 8-2 2. Najera-Salas/Natasha Smith (Utah) vs. Bugayenko/Lorca 4-4, susp. 3. Craig/Pham (Utah) def. de Haan/Servise 8-2

Singles: Order of Finish: 6, 5, 2, 3 1. #103 Sarah Pham (Utah) vs. Malena Gordo (SFA) - 7-5, 5-1, susp. 2. #72 Tereza Bekerova (Utah) def. Julia Lorca (SFA) - 6-4, 6-4 3. #123 Callie Craig (Utah) def. Kateryna Bugayenko (SFA) - 6-1, 6-4 4. Lucia Kovarcikova (Utah) vs. Margot de Haan (SFA) - 6-1, 4-6, susp. 5. Valeria Terentyeva (SFA) def. Elena Najera-Salas (Utah) - 7-5, 1-0, ret. 6. Paige Miles (Utah) def. Laura Servise (SFA) - 6-0, 6-1

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