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No. 69 Utah Shut Out by No. 15 Stanford

No. 69 sophomore Tereza Bekerova.

No. 69 sophomore Tereza Bekerova.

March 24, 2013


PALO ALTO, Calif. - The 69th-ranked University of Utah women's tennis team (7-7, 1-5 Pac-12) suffered its second shut out of the weekend, falling to No. 15 Stanford (10-2, 4-0 Pac-12) 7-0 Sunday at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. No. 69 sophomore Tereza Bekerova gave a valiant effort at the top singles spot against the 2012 Women's Singles Champion, No. 22 Nicole Gibbs, taking her match to three sets.

"We battled better today than we did yesterday," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "Tereza [Bekerova] came extremely close to beat the defending NCAA champion. I think what we have learned a lot these past two weeks will help us down the stretch the rest of this season."

In doubles action, junior Elena Najera-Salas and sophomore Natasha Smith dropped an 8-6 decision to Stacey Tan and Ellen Tsay at the No. 2 position.

No. 21 junior Paige Miles and sophomore Tereza Bekerova then fell to No. 15 Kristie Ahn and Nicole Gibbs at the top spot, 8-5, giving the Cardinal the doubles point. Craig and Pham then netted an 8-5 victory for the Utes at the third slot over Krista Hardebeck and Natalie Dillon.

In singles play, Stanford went up 2-0 when junior Lucia Kovarcikova fell to No. 44 Tsay at the fifth spot, 6-0, 6-1. Smith was then defeated No. 98 Tan, 6-1, 6-3, at the No. 4 slot.

The Cardinal clinched the match at 4-0 from the No. 6 position when Miles dropped a 6-1, 6-3 decision to Dillon. Craig then lost to No. 11 Hardebeck, 6-1, 6-3, at the third slot, making the score 5-0.

At the No. 2 spot, Pham was bested by No. 28 Ahn, 6-0, 6-4. Sixty-ninth-ranked Bekerova then captured her first set 2-6, but fell in the next two sets, 6-4, 1-0(7) to 22nd-ranked Gibbs, making the final score 7-0.



The Utes return to action next Sunday at home to host No. 64 Oregon at 11 a.m. MT.

No. 15 Stanford 7, No. 69 Utah 0
1) No. 15 Ahn/Gibbs (STAN) d. No. 21 Bekervoa/Miles (UTAH) 8-5
2) Tan/Tsay (STAN) d. Najera-Salas/Smith (UTAH) 8-6
3) Craig/Pham (UTAH) d. Dillon/Hardebeck (STAN) 8-5
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3

Singles 1) No. 22Nicole Gibbs(STAN) d. No. 69 Tereza Bekerova (UTAH) 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (7) 2) No. 28Kristie Ahn(STAN) d. Sarah Pham (UTAH) 6-0, 6-4 3) No. 11Krista Hardebeck(STAN) d. Callie Craig (UTAH) 6-1, 6-3 4) No. 98Stacey Tan(STAN) d. Natasha Smith (UTAH) 6-1, 6-3 5) No. 44Ellen Tsay(STAN) d. Lucia Kovarcikova (UTAH) 6-0, 6-1 6)Natalie Dillon(STAN) d. Paige Miles (UTAH) 6-1, 6-3 Order of Finish: 5, 4, 6, 3, 2, 1

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