Junior Anastasia Putilina will compete at the 2011 NCAA singles championships starting May 25 in Palo Alto, Calif.
May 14, 2011
ATHENS, Ga.- The 49th-ranked University of Utah women's tennis team (16-10) fell to 26th-ranked Alabama (16-6), by a score of 4-0, in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Championships Saturday, in Athens, Ga.
"This was a very close match in spite of the score," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "The team learned a lesson today that will help us play on this stage in the future."
After a 48 minute rain delay, the Utah doubles duo of junior Anastasia Putilina and sophomore Paige Miles dropped an 8-2 decision to the Crimson Tide's11th-ranked team of Alexa Guarachi and Courtney McLane at the No. 1 position. The team of Evgenia Kryuchkova and Lexi Provancha then fell to Alex Clay and Taylor Lindsey, 8-4, at the No. 2 spot, to give Alabama the doubles point.
In singles play, Provancha dropped a 7-6(6), 6-1, decision to Merritt Emery at the No. 6 spot, while Pham saw her twelve-match streak snapped when she fell to McLane at the No. 2 position, 6-3, 7-5.
Kryuchkova, the ITA Mountain Region Senior Player of the Year, then dropped a 6-3, 7-5, to 69th-ranked Guarachi at the No. 2 position, to give the Crimson Tide the win at 4-0.
With the team match clinched, the remaining singles contests were halted. Putilina was up in her third set at the No. 1 spot, while Kovarcikova (No. 4) was in her second and Miles (No. 5) was about to start her third.
Putilina returns to action at the 2011 NCAA Division I women's singles championships May 25-30, in Palo Alto, Calif.
#26 Alabama 4, #49 Utah 0 May 14, 2011 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)
Doubles competition 1. #11 Alexa Guarachi/Courtney McLane (Alabama) def. Anastasia Putilina/Paige Miles (Utah) 8-2 2. Alex Clay/Taylor Lindsey (Alabama) def. Evgenia Kryuchkova/Lexi Provancha (Utah) 8-4 3. Antonia Foehse/Mary Anne Macfarlane (Alabama) vs. Lucia Kovarcikova/Sarah Pham (Utah) 5-5, unfinished
Singles competition 1. #37 Mary Anne Macfarlane (Alabama) vs. #92 Anastasia Putilina (Utah) 6-4, 1-6, 0-1, unfinished 2. #69 Alexa Guarachi (Alabama) def. Evgenia Kryuchkova (Utah) 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 3. Courtney McLane (Alabama) def. Sarah Pham (Utah) 6-3, 7-5 4. Alex Clay (Alabama) vs. Lucia Kovarcikova (Utah) 7-5, 3-2, unfinished 5. Antonia Foehse (Alabama) vs. Paige Miles (Utah) 4-6, 6-3, unfinished 6. Merritt Emery (Alabama) def. Lexi Provancha (Utah) 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
Match Notes: Utah 16-10; National ranking #49 Alabama 16-6; National ranking #26 Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,3,2) 48 minute rain delay. Official: Walt Williams T-2:46 A-142