Junior Lucia Kovarcikova netted one of Utah's two points.
March 10, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The 75th-ranked University of Utah women's tennis team (7-3, 1-1 Pac-12) suffered its first conference loss of the season against 27th-ranked Arizona State (12-1, 2-0 Pac-12) Sunday at the Eccles Tennis Center. Juniors Callie Craig and Lucia Kovarcikova posted Utah's two points from the Nos. 3 and 5 singles positions, respectively.
"We let an opportunity slip away in doubles and gave Arizona State the momentum," explained head coach Mat Iandolo. "I feel like we are playing better each match and competing better, we just didn't do a good job of closing out the doubles point. That hurt us in terms of gaining the momentum. Arizona State is a very good team and I have to take my hat off to them."
Despite the Sun Devils clinching the match in singles play at 5-0, Craig battled Leighann Sahagun in the first match to a score of 7-6(13) then swept her opponent 6-0 in the second match at the No. 3 spot.
Kovarcikova then made the final score 5-2, taking Hannah James to a three-set match, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, at the No. 5 position.
Despite being down two breaks at 4-2, 17th-ranked junior Paige Miles and sophomore Tereza Bekerova broke back three times to tie the match at 7-7. The duo was ultimately unable to take the match despite their valiant efforts, dropping a 9-8 decision to Nicole Smith and Jacqueline Cako at the top spot, giving the doubles point to Arizona State.
At the No. 3 doubles spot, Craig and junior Sarah Pham won their match against Desirae Krawczyk and Sahagun when the Sun Devils retired at 7-6 due to injury.
The Sun Devils then saw the match deciding point come at 4-0 when Smith fell to Stephanie Vlad at the No. 4 spot, 7-5, 6-4.
Arizona State posted its fifth point at the No. 2 singles slot when Pham suffered a 6-1, 7-6(4) loss to No. 111 Krawczyk.
Utah returns to action this weekend, continuing conference play in Calif., against No. 3 UCLA Friday and No. 12 USC Saturday.