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No. 38 Utah Nets 5-2 Victory Over Boise State in Home Opener

Junior Paige Miles clinched the match deciding point for the Utes.

Junior Paige Miles clinched the match deciding point for the Utes.

Feb. 23, 2013


SALT LAKE CITY - The 38th-ranked University of Utah women's tennis team (3-2) captured a 5-2 victory in its home opener over Boise State. Junior Paige Miles clinched the match for Utah with a win at the No. 6 singles position over former Ute Sammie Watson.

"We did not do a good job of closing out the doubles so it became a much more challenging match because of that," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "I thought we did a good job of keeping control of five singles matches which was really important in order for us to get the win."

The Utes started the day strong with a doubles victory at the No. 3 position when juniors Sarah Pham and Callie Craig defeated Megan LaLone and Watson, 8-3.

The Broncos then answered with an 8-6 victory at the No. 2 spot as junior Elena Najera-Salas and sophomore Natasha Smith fell to Sandy Vo and Morgan Basil.

Teaming up at the No. 1 position, Utah's ninth-ranked duo of Miles and sophomore Tereza Bekerova then broke Boise State's Marlena and Manuela Pietzuck at 7-7, but were then broken to go down 8-7. The Broncos then closed out the match at 9-7 to clinch the doubles point.

Despite being down 1-0, Utah posted three straight singles victories to go up 3-1. Craig first bested Teal Vosburgh at the No. 3 slot, 6-1, 6-1, while No. 77 Bekerova then routed Vo, 6-4, 6-3 at the top spot. No. 103 Pham then topped Marlena Pietzuck, 6-4, 6-3, at the No. 2 spot.

Boise State then made the score 3-2 when Najera-Salas dropped a 6-2, 6-4 decision to Basil at the fourth slot. Then, with a strong forehand volley to win her match, Miles also clinched the match for Utah at 4-2.



With the match in hand for the Utes, Smith broke LaLone to win the second set 7-5, after dropping the first set 4-6, and force a tie break. Smith then fought back from a deficit in the tiebreak to take the third set 10-8, making the final score 5-2 in favor of the Utes.

The Utes return to the George S. Eccles Tennis Center Sunday to host their first double header of the season against New Mexico (2-2) at 11 a.m., followed by Idaho State (0-6) at 5 p.m.

Utah 5, Boise State 2

Doubles: 1. Bekerova/Miles lost to Pietzuck/Pietzuck, 8-6 2. Smith/Salas lost to Vo/Basil, 8-6 3. Craig/Pham defeated Watson/LaLone, 8-3 Order: 3, 2, 1

Singles: 1. Bekerova def. Vo, 6-4, 6-3 2. Pham def. Marlena Pietzuck, 6-4, 6-3 3. Craig def. Vasburgh, 6-1-6-1 4. Salas lost to Basil, 6-2, 6-4 5. Smith def. LaLoue, 4-6, 7-5, 10-8 6. Miles def. Watson, 7-6, 6-1 Order: 3, 1, 2, 4, 6, 5

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