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Pham Advances to Singles Semifinals at Mountain Regionals

Junior Sarah Pham advanced to the singles semifinals at the Mountain Regional Championships.

Junior Sarah Pham advanced to the singles semifinals at the Mountain Regional Championships.

Oct. 13, 2012

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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)

 

 

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