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Three Utes Advance to Singles Semifinals at Utah Invitational

Freshman Sammie Watson

Freshman Sammie Watson

Nov. 4, 2011

Day One Singles and Doubles Results Get Acrobat Reader

SALT LAKE CITY- Sophomore Sarah Pham and freshmen Danielle Flores and Sammie Watson each netted two wins a piece, Friday, to advance to Saturday's singles semifinals at the 2011 Utah Invitational. Day two will see the doubles quarterfinals and semifinals, followed by the singles semifinals. Play begins at 9 a.m. at the Eccles Tennis Center.

`It was a good day overall for our team," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "We won 10 matches and only lost two. We are looking forward to some great tennis tomorrow."

In singles draw-A play, Pham topped Wyoming's Sasa Nemcova 6-1, 7-6(3) in the quarterfinals after downing Idaho State's Katharina Marsela 6-0, 6-1 in the round of 16. The Ute faces Olivia Howlett of LSU in the semifinals.

Flores defeated Kaitlin Burns of LSU 6-0, 6-4, in the round of 16 before besting Marlena Pietzuch of Boise State in the quarterfinals. The Ute takes on LSU's 52nd-ranked Whitney Wolf in the semifinals.

Freshman Natasha Smith topped Sonia Klamczynska of Boise State 7-5, 6-2, in the round of 16 before falling to LSU's Olivia Howlett 6-2, 6-3, in the quarterfinals.

In singles draw-A consolation play, sophomore Lucia Kovarcikova defeated Sandy Vo of Boise State 6-2, 4-6, 11-9, in the quarterfinals.

In singles draw-B play, Watson topped Boise State's Manuela Pietzuch 6-3, 7-5 in the quarterfinals after defeating Idaho State's Laura Severino 6-3, 6-3. The Ute faces Desiree Tran of BYU in the semifinals.

In doubles play, the tandem of Pham and Kovarcikova topped Idaho State's Marsela and Laura Porras 8-3 in the round of 16 and will face Wyoming's Nemcova and Alexandra Kovacs in the quarterfinals.

The duo of Smith and Flores downed Marian Tangarife and Severino of Idaho State 8-3 in the round of 16 and will take on Christa Gecheva and Alma Espinosa of Wyoming in the quarterfinals.

In other women's tennis action, of senior Anastasia Putilina and sophomore Callie Craig notched a 9-7 win over Ohio State's Kelsey Haviland and Kara Cecil in the doubles round of 16 at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. The Ute duo faces Tayler Davis and Cecilia Estlander of California in the quarterfinals.

In singles play, Putilina defeated Michigan's Mimi Nguyen 5-7, 6-1, 4-1 ret. in the round of 32 before falling to No. 5-8-seeded Annie Goransson of California 6-4, 6-3, in the round of 16.

2011 Utah Invitational--Day One Results
(Friday, Nov. 4)

Doubles Round of 16
Kovarcikova/Pham (Utah) def. Marsela/Porras (Idaho St.) 8-3
Smith/Flores (Utah) def. Tangarife/Severino (Idaho St.) 8-3

Singles-A Round of 16
#52 Whitney Wolf (LSU) def. Lucia Kovarcikova (Utah) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
Danielle Flores (Utah) def. Kaitlin Burns (LSU) 6-0, 6-4
Natasha Smith (Utah) def. Sonia Klamczynska (BSU) 7-5, 6-2
Sarah Pham (Utah) def. Katharina Marsela (Idaho St.) 6-0, 6-1

Singles-A Quarterfinals
Danielle Flores (Utah) def. Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
Olivia Howlett (LSU) def. Natasha Smith (Utah) 6-2, 6-3
Sarah Pham (Utah) def. Sasa Nemcova (Wyo) 6-1, 7-6(3)

Singles-A Consolation Quarterfinals
Lucia Kovarcikova (Utah) def. Sandy Vo (BSU) 6-2, 4-6, 11-9

Singles-B Round of 16
Sammie Watson (Utah) def. Laura Severino (Idaho St.) 6-3, 6-3

Singles-B Quarterfinals
Sammie Watson (Utah) def. Manuela Pietzuch (BSU) 6-3, 7-5

ASU Thunderbird Invitational--Day One Results
(Friday, Nov. 4)

Doubles Round of 16
Putilina/Craig (Utah) def. Haviland/Cecil (OSU) 9-7

Singles Round of 32
Juliette Coupez (USD) def. Callie Craig (Utah) 7-6(3), 6-3
Anastasia Putilina (Utah) def. Mimi Nguyen (Mich.) 5-7, 6-1, 4-1 ret.

Singles Round of 16
No. 5-8 Annie Goransson (Cal) def. Anastasia Putilina 6-4, 6-3

Consolation Singles-Round One
Cecilia Estlander (Cal) def. Callie Craig (Utah) 6-4, 6-4



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