Junior Callie Craig improved to a 14-5 singles dual-match record.
April 19, 2013
DENVER - The 54th-ranked University of Utah women's tennis team (10-9, 4-5 Pac-12) was upset by the 57th-ranked Denver Pioneers Friday at the Gates Tennis Center by a score of 4-3. The Utes captured the doubles point, but struggled to net victories in singles play.
Utah came out dominant in doubles action, capturing the point in two matches. At the top spot, No. 32 junior Paige Miles and sophomore Tereza Bekerova vanquished Sophia Bergner and Steffi Rath, 8-3, while juniors Callie Craig and Sarah Pham topped Caroline Schnell and Kathryn Hughes, 8-5, at the third slot.
Utah went into singles play up 1-0, but the match tied at 1-1 when No. 85 Bekerova fell to Bergner at the No. 1 spot, 7-6(5), 6-1. Pham then put the Utes back up 2-1 when she bested Schnell, 6-2, 6-1 at the second slot.
Despite falling in the first set 2-6, Craig rallied back to take the following two sets at the No. 3 position, 7-5, 7-5 against Emma Isberg to post Utah's third point.
Then, at the No. 4 spot, Smith dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision to Mandy van den Eerenbeemt, making the score 3-2.
Junior Lucia Kovarcikova then battled Hughes at the fifth slot, but was unable to come up with a victory, falling 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 and tying the match at three apiece.
The Pioneers then decided the match at 4-3 when Miles was defeated by Rath, 7-5, 6-2 at the No. 6 position.
No. 57 Denver 4, No. 54 Utah 3 Singles 1. Sophia Bergner (DEN) def. Tereza Bekarova (UTAH), 7-6 (5), 6-1 2. Sarah Pham (UTAH) def. Caroline Schnell (DEN), 6-2, 6-1 3. Callie Craig (UTAH) def. Emma Isberg (DEN), 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 4. Mandy van den Eerenbeemt (DEN) def. Natasha Smith (UTAH), 6-4, 6-4 5. Kathryn Hughes (DEN) def. Lucia Kovarcikova (UTAH), 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 6. Steffi Rath (DEN) def. Paige Miles (UTAH), 7-5, 6-2