Go Utes!
Go Utes!
No. 28 Utah Women's Tennis Hosts BYU

Sophomore Sarah Pham.

Sophomore Sarah Pham.

March 12, 2012

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No. 28 Utes Host BYU in the Deseret Duel...
The 28th-ranked University of Utah women's tennis team hosts in-state rival BYU (4-8) in the Deseret Duel Saturday, March 17.

"Although BYU is unranked, you can throw out the records," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "They will play us hard and we have to be ready to compete."

The match between the Utes and Cougars is slated to start at 11 a.m. MT. There will be free pizza at the entrance.

The match will be held at either the Eccles Tennis Center (temperature below 50°F) or Coach Mike's Tennis Academy, 1216 S. Wasatch Drive (temperature above 50°F). The location will be determined the morning of the match based on the day's weather conditions. Please check the Utah Women's Tennis home page on www.UtahUtes.com for any location updates the morning of the match.

The Cougars...
Scouting BYU...
The Cougars split their matches last weekend, dropping a 5-2 decision to University of Texas-Arlington, before besting Boise State 5-2.

Last year against the Cougars...
Last year Utah captured a 4-3 victory at BYU in Provo, Utah. After dropping the doubles point, the Utes went 4-2 in singles for the win over the Cougars. Sophomore Sarah Pham captured the match-clinching point by defeating Elle Carney at the No. 3 singles spot. Senior Anastasia Putilina, redshirt junior Lexi Provancha and junior Paige Miles added Utah's other singles points.

Last Weekend Against the Cardinal and the Golden Bears...
Against No. 5 Stanford...
This past weekend the Utes dropped a 7-0 decision to the fifth-ranked Cardinal in their inaugural Pac-12 home match at the Eccles Tennis Center.

The doubles duo of Pham and freshman Sammie Watson notched an 8-6 win over Amelia Herring and Veronica Li at the No. 3 position.

Against No. 10 Cal...
In their second Pac-12 home match, the Utes fell to the 10th-ranked Golden Bears, 6-1, outdoors at Coach Mike's Tennis Academy.

Pham earned Utah's point by upsetting 44th-ranked Tayler Davis 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 2 singles spot.

Quick Hits...
The Utes are 4-1 against the Cougars under Iandolo...Pham has captured five upsets over ranked opponents this year...Putilina and freshman Danielle Flores are both 8-2 in dual-match singles play, while sophomore Lucia Kovarcikova is 7-3... the doubles duo of Flores and freshman Natasha Smith have posted a 6-2 mark in dual-match play... Flores has notched three match-clinching for the Utes, while Kovarcikova has captured two.

Utes Crack the ITA Top 30...
Last week, Utah moved up five spots to No. 28 in the Campbell's/ITA College Tennis Rankings, released Tuesday, March 6. This is the Utes highest midseason ranking since 1991, when they held a national ranking of No. 20.

 

 

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