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."
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.
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