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Utah Women's Tennis Beats No. 59 Oregon, 6-1

Junior Lucia Kovarcikova captured the match clincher for the Utes.

Junior Lucia Kovarcikova captured the match clincher for the Utes.

March 31, 2013


SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah women's tennis team (8-7, 2-5 Pac-12) netted a 6-1 upset over No. 59 Oregon (11-6, 1-5 Pac-12) Sunday at Coach Mike's Tennis Academy. The Utes swept all three doubles matches, while junior Lucia Kovarcikova captured the match clincher from the No. 5 singles position.

The Utes started out strong in doubles play, first capturing an 8-7(6) victory at the No. 2 spot when junior Elena Najera-Salas and sophomore Natasha Smith bested Julia Metzger and Pascale Neubert.

Junior Paige Miles and sophomore Tereza Bekerova then cinched the doubles point, topping Patricia Skowronski and Nicole Long at the top slot, 8-5. Juniors Sarah Pham and Callie Craig then dispatched Sofia Hager and Brooke Hughes at the No. 3 position, 8-5.

Going into singles play with a 1-0 advantage, No. 74 Bekerova then vanquished No. 102 Long at the No. 1 slot, 6-1 6-2, putting Utah up 2-0.

Miles then routed Rabea Stueckemann at the sixth spot, 6-4, 6-1, setting up Kovarcikova for the match clincher. Then, at the fifth slot, Kovarcikova bested Lana Buttner, 6-3, 6-3, making the score 4-0 in favor of the Utes.

Craig then posted Utah's fifth point with a 6-4, 6-2 victory at the No. 3 position over Metzger. The Ducks then saw their first point when Smith fell to Hager, 6-1, 7-5(9), at the No. 4 spot, making the score 5-1.

The Utes then earned its sixth point when Pham battled Skowronski to a tight, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3, victory at the No. 2 position.



Utah returns to action next weekend as it hosts No. 48 Washington Friday and No. 71 Washington State Sunday in its final two home matches of the season.

Utah 6, No. 59 Oregon 1
1. No. 33 Miles/Bekerova def. Skowronski/Long, 8-5
2. Najera-Salas/Smith def. Metzger/Neubert, 8-7(6)
3. Craig/Pham def. Hager/Hughes, 8-5
Order of Finish: 2,1,3

Singles: 1. No. 74 Tereza Bekerova (UU) def. No. 102 Nicole Long (OR), 6-1, 6-2 2. Sarah Pham (UU) def. Patricia Skowronski (OR), 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 3. Callie Craig (UU) def. Julia Metzger (OR), 6-4, 6-2 4. Sofia Hager (OR) def. Natasha Smith (UU), 1-6, 7-5(9) 5. Lucia Kovarcikova (UU) def. Lana Buttner (OR), 6-3, 6-3 6. Paige Miles (UU) def. Rabea Stueckemann, 6-4, 6-1 Order of Finish: 1,6,5,3,4,2

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