Junior Sarah Pham advanced to the singles semifinals at the Mountain Regional Championships.
Oct. 13, 2012
LAS VEGAS - The University of Utah women's tennis team tallied multiple victories Saturday at the USTA/ITA Mountain Regional Championships at the Fertitta Tennis Complex to advance to the semifinal rounds in singles and doubles competition.
In the singles round of 16, third-seeded junior Sarah Pham topped Nevada Reno's 13th-seeded Michelle Okhremchuk, 6-4, 7-5, as seventh-seeded sophomore Tereza Bekerova battled 16th-seeded Emma Verberne of Nevada Reno to a tight 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 victory.
The two Utes then advanced to the quarterfinal round, where Pham bested Boise State's 24th-seeded Sandy Vo, 6-4, 7-5. Bekerova was unable to capture a second win and fell to second-seeded No. 89 Aleksandra Josifoska of UNLV, 6-4, 7-5.
Pham returns to action Sunday at 12 p.m., in the semifinals to battle UNLV's first-seeded Lucia Batta for a spot in the championship round at 3 p.m.
In the round of 16 of doubles competition, 13th-seeded redshirt junior Paige Miles and Bekerova upset BYU's seventh-seeded Desiree Tran and Megan Sheehan-Dizon. Fourteenth-seeded Pham and sophomore Natasha Smith fell to Wyoming's first-seeded Veronica Popovici and Simona Synkova, 8-6.
Miles and Bekerova returned in the doubles quarterfinals to clinch an 8-2 victory over Jessica Parizher and Silviya Zhekyazkova of Wyoming. The pair returns Sunday at 9 a.m., in the doubles semifinals against UNLV's fourth-seeded Nives Pavlovic and Batta. If the Utes should prevail, the doubles finals will be played at 10:30 a.m.
In singles consolation play, Smith bested Denver's Mandy Van Der Eerenbeemt, 6-3, 6-4, while fellow Ute Callie Craig dropped a 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5) decision to Wyoming's Synkova.
ROUND OF 16 SINGLES (SATURDAY, OCT. 13)
Sarah Pham (3) (UU) def. Michelle Okhremchuk (9-16) (UNR) 6-4, 7-5
Tereza Berkova (7) (UU) def. Emma Verberne (9-16) (UNR) 7-5, 5-7, 6-2
QUARTERFINAL SINGLES (SATURDAY, OCT. 13)
Sarah Pham (3) (UU) def. Sandy Vo (17-24) (BSU) 6-4, 7-5
#89 Aleksandra Josifoska (2) (UNLV) def. Tereza Berkova (7) (UU) 6-4, 7-5
ROUND OF 16 DOUBLES (SAT., OCT. 13)
Popovici/Synkova (1) (WYO) def. Pham/Smith (9-16) (UU) 8-6
Miles/Bekerova (9-16) (UU) def. Tran/Sheehan-Dizon (7) (BYU) 8-5
QUARTERFINAL DOUBLES (SAT., OCT. 13)
Miles/Bekerova (9-16) (UU) def. Parizher/Zhekyazkova (WYO) 8-2
CONSOLATION SINGLES (SAT., OCT. 13)
Natasha Smith (UU) def. Mandy Van Der Eerenbeemt (DU) 6-3, 6-4
Simona Synkova (9-16) (WYO) def. Callie Craig (9-16) (UU) 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5)