Freshman Sarah Pham
Feb. 1, 2011
Utes Prep for Three Matches...
The 41st-ranked University of Utah women's tennis team (0-3) hosts Washington State (5-0) Thursday, Feb. 3, before hitting the road to face 71st-ranked Colorado (1-1) Friday followed by Denver (2-1) Sunday.
"This is going to be a very competitive match," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "Washington State is much improved over last year."
Thursday's match between the Utes and the Cougars begins at 1:30 p.m. MT at the Eccles Tennis Center.
Utah opened its 2010 season with a 5-2 win over Washington State in Pullman, Wash, before dropping a close 4-3 decision to Colorado at last year's ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Berkeley, Calif. The Utes blanked Denver, 7-0, last February at the Eccles Tennis Center.
Scouting the Cougars, the Buffaloes and the Pioneers...
Washington State is 5-0 after capturing wins over Lewis & Clark State (7-0), Seattle University (7-0), Eastern Washington (7-0), Idaho (6-1), and Gonzaga (7-0). 71st-ranked Colorado topped Air Force 4-3, before falling, 6-1, to 38th-ranked Boise State.Denver is coming off two wins over Colorado State, 7-0, and Air Force, 5-2, after dropping its season opener to 38th-ranked Boise State, 5-2.
Last time out...
Utah returns to Salt Lake City after a two-match road trip to South Bend, Ind. for ITA's Kick-Off Weekend. The Utes fell to 23rd-ranked Arkansas 4-2 Saturday, before dropping a 5-2 decision to 47th-ranked Yale Sunday.
Against the Razorbacks
Freshman Sarah Pham posted a singles win over Claudine Paulson at the No. 4 position and a doubles win, with partner junior Missy Harris, over Jade Frampton and Valentina Starkova at the No. 3 spot. Senior Evgenia Kryuchkova, ranked No. 60, captured a win at the No. 2 singles spot over Kate Lukomskaya.
Against the Bulldogs
The 49th-ranked duo of junior Anastasia Putilina and sophomore Paige Miles downed Vicky Brook and Lindsay Clark at the No. 1 doubles position. Miles also notched a singles victory at the No. 6 spot over Kim Szokol. Redshirt sophomore Lexi Provancha netted a win over Stevi Petrelli at the No. 5 singles position.
Kryuchkova Joins Putilina and Miles in ITA Rankings...
Senior Evgenia Kryuchkova moved into the national singles rankings at No. 60 in the first poll released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Tuesday, January 4. It marks Kryuchkova's first national ranking of her collegiate career.
"I'm proud of Evgenia for breaking into the rankings," said Iandolo. "It has always been a goal of hers. It says a lot about our team to have two singles players ranked in the Top 100. As the season progresses I expect Anastasia's ranking to go up in singles as well as in doubles."
Utes Hope to Carry Championship Momentum...
The Utes, led by the 2010 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year Mat Iandolo, became the MWC regular season champions after going 8-0 against conference opponents. This was the first conference title for Utah since 1983. The Utes also went undefeated at home (9-0) for the first time in the history of the program. In April the team cracked the ITA top-40, which was its highest late-season ranking in nearly two decades.