Freshman Danielle Flores.
Feb. 26, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nev.- The 39th-ranked University of Utah women's tennis team (6-3) dropped a 5-2 decision to 45th-ranked Long Beach State (6-3) Sunday, in Las Vegas, Nev. Sophomore Lucia Kovarcikova and freshman Danielle Flores earned the Utes' two points.
"It was tough playing without our number one player and leader Anastasia Putilina in singles today," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "But this does not take away from the fact that we beat the two best teams here."
In doubles play, senior Anastasia Putilina and sophomore Callie Craig fell to Rachel Manasse and Laura Bernard at the No. 1 position 8-4, while the duo of Kovarcikova and sophomore Sarah Pham dropped an 8-4 decision to Anais Dallara and Klaudia Malenovska at the No. 2 spot, giving Long Beach State the doubles point.
The team of Flores and Natasha Smith defeated Sarah Cantlay and Julie Luzar at the No. 3 position 8-4.
In singles play, Flores bested Bernard 4-6, 7-7, 10-6, at the No. 3 spot, while Kovarcikova defeated Malenovska 7-5, 6-2, at the No. 4 position, earning Utah's two points.
At the No. 1 spot, 104th-ranked Pham fell to Dallara, 6-3, 7-5, while Craig dropped a 6-2, 6-2, decision to 110th-ranked Manasse at the No. 2 position.
Smith fell to Cantlay at the No. 5 spot, 6-2, 6-2, while freshman Sammie Watson dropped a 6-4, 6-1, decision to Karolina Rozenberg at the No. 6 position.
The Utes return to action against Boise State March 3, in Boise, Idaho.
#47 Long Beach State 5, #39 Utah 2 Feb. 26, 2012 at Las Vegas (Fertitta Tennis Complex)
Singles competition 1. Anais Dallara (LBSU) def. #104 Sarah Pham (Utah) 6-3, 7-5 2. #110 Rachel Manasse (LBSU) def. Callie Craig (Utah) 6-2, 6-2 3. Danielle Flores (Utah) def. Laura Bernard (LBSU) 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-6) 4. Lucia Kovarcikova (Utah) def. Klaudia Malenovska (LBSU) 7-5, 6-2 5. Sarah Cantlay (LBSU) def. Natasha Smith (Utah) 6-2, 6-2 6. Karolina Rozenberg (LBSU) def. Sammie Watson (Utah) 6-4, 6-1