Anna Svedenhov led
the Utes past Boise
State. (file photo)
March 8, 1998
SALT LAKE CITY - No. 64 ranked Utah defeated No. 63 Boise State in women's tennis action Sunday afternoon. The important Central Region match was tied 3-3 after the singles portion of the contest. Utah rallied to win all three doubles matches to grab the victory, 6-3.
No. 40 ranked Anna Svedenhov led Utah from the No. 1 spot by defeating No. 91 Manon Buskens 6-4, 7-5. The Bronco's No. 52 ranked Gayleen McManus beat Megan Payne at the No. 2 position 7-5, 6-4. The No. 3 spot saw Linda Engblom fall in a hard fought three-setter 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 to Boise State's Pia-Lena Anders. Utah's Angie Olson lost to Anita Pearson 6-1, 7-6 from the No. 4 spot. Rebecca Rushforth and Heidi Thomas dominated at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots for the Utes, respectively, both winning by the count of 6-0, 6-1.
Utah's sweep in doubles was led by the No. 30 ranked team of Engblom and Svedenhov at the No. 1 spot, where they defeated Anders and Buskens 9-7. Payne and Molly Sanderson had a big win as they dropped last year's NCAA qualifying team of McManus and Pearson 8-4 at the No. 2 position. Olson and Rushforth rounded out the win as they cruised by Heather Thiry and Taryn Weir-Smith, 8-2.
The win is Utah's sixth straight and raises the Utes record to 8-4 overall.
Results Utah 6 Boise State 3 Singles Anna Svedenhov (UU) def. Manon Buskens (BS) 6-4, 7-5 Gayleen McManus (BS) def. Megan Payne (UU) 7-5, 6-4 Pia-Lena Anders (BS) def. Linda Engblom (UU) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 Anita Pearson (BS) def. Angie Olson (UU) 6-1, 7-6 Rebecca Rushforth (UU) def. Nichole Kojima (BS) 6-0, 6-1 Heidi Thomas (UU) def. Heather Thiry (BS) 6-0, 6-1 Doubles Engblom/Svedenhov (UU) def. Anders/Buskens (BS) 9-7 Payne/Sanderson (UU) def. McManus/Pearson (BS) 8-4 Olson/Rushforth (UU) def. Thiry/Weir-Smith (BS) 8-2