April 4, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. – The 30th-ranked University of Utah women’s tennis team (11-7) was shut out by No. 35 Arizona (15-3) earlier today at LaNelle Robson Tennis Center, 7-0. The Utes drop to a 2-5 mark against Pac-12 competition.
“We got outcompeted today by a team on a mission” said Utah head coach Mat Iandolo. “They took advantage of the home-court advantage.”
Arizona took an early lead on Utah, claiming the doubles point. Sophomore Sarah Ricter and freshman Luisa da Rosa teamed up out of the second spot, but were outdone by Lacey Smith and Shayne Austin, 8-2.
The Wildcats secured the doubles point after Akilah James and Susan McRann downed seniors Sarah Pham and Callie Craig at No. 3, 8-4.
Junior Tereza Bekerova and senior Paige Miles were up 7-6 in the No. 1 match against Kim Stubbe and Lauren Maker before it was called.
Moving into doubles play, Arizona increased their lead to 2-0 as Austin blanked Miles at No. 5.
The Wildcats kept their momentum with Bekerova falling to Lacey at the first spot (6-4, 6-0) and Richter dropping the No. 4 match to James (6-1, 6-0). Tallying their fourth point, Arizona took the match.
Though the match was decided, play continued with da Rosa surrendering to Laura Oldham at No. 6, 6-2, 6-1.
Craig would ultimately fall to Marker in the third match (6-3, 6-3), while Pham lost a long battle in a third-set tiebreaker to Stubbe to sum up the afternoon (6(1)-7(7), 6-0, 10-5).
Watch Utah take on No. 23 Arizona State live tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. on Pac-12 Networks.
#35 Arizona 7, #30 Utah 0
- Tereza Bekerova/Paige Miles (UTAH) vs. Kim Stubbe/Lauren Marker (AZ), 7-6, unf
- Shayne Austin/Lacey Smyth (AZ) def. Luisa da Rosa/Sarah Richter (UTAH), 8-2
- Akilah James/Susan McRann (AZ) def. Sarah Pham/Callie Craig (UTAH), 8-4
Order of Finish- 2,3
- Lacey Smyth (AZ) def. #74 Tereza Bekerova (UTAH), 6-4, 6-0
- Kim Stubbe (AZ) def. Sarah Pham (UTAH), 6(1)-7(7), 6-0, 10-5
- Lauren Marker (AZ) def. Callie Craig (UTAH), 6-3, 6-3
- Akilah James (AZ) def. Sarah Richter (UTAH), 6-1, 6-0
- Shayne Austin (AZ) def. Paige Miles (UTAH), 6-0, 6-0
- Laura Oldham (AZ) def. Luisa da Rosa (UTAH), 6-2, 6-1
Order of Finish- 5, 1, 4, 6, 3, 2