Senior Anastasia Putilina.
April 2, 2012
No. 40 Utes Travel to Oregon and No. 48 Washington...
The 40th-ranked University of Utah women's tennis team (8-8, 0-5 Pac-12) hits the road for a pair of Pac-12 Conference matches against Oregon (9-7, 0-6 Pac-12) and 48th-ranked Washington (6-9, 0-6 Pac-12) this weekend.
"Every match the rest of the way will have a huge impact on our program and our NCAA chances," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "A sweep this weekend would go a long way towards helping us make the tournament."
The Utes face the Ducks Friday at noon PT in Eugene, Ore., before heading up to Seattle, Wash. to take on the Huskies Saturday at noon PT. Live scoring and streaming video will be available for Saturday's match against Washington.
Last weekend, the Ducks dropped 7-0 decisions to both fourth-ranked USC and top-ranked UCLA. The Oregon doubles team of Patricia Skowronski and Sofia Hager notched two top-25 upsets in the two losses. The pair first upset the second-ranked Trojan team of Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian 8-7(4), before besting the Bruins' 11th-ranked duo of Robin Anderson and Skylar Morton 8-3.
Last year against the Ducks...
Last year Utah captured a 6-1 upset over 63rd-ranked Oregon at the Eccles Tennis Center. After dropping the doubles point the Utes swept all six of their singles matches for the win. Senior Anastasia Putilina earned the match-clinching point by defeating Pavlina Smatova at the No. 1 singles spot. Also netting singles wins were sophomores Sarah Pham and Lucia Kovarcikova, junior Paige Miles, redshirt junior Lexi Provancha and former Ute Evgenia Kryuchkova. The duo of Pham and Kovarcikova also notched a win at the No. 3 doubles position.
Last year against the Huskies...
Last year Utah fell to Washington 6-1 in its home opener at the Eccles Tennis Center. Provancha earned the Utes' point by defeating Vanja Radunovic 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 6 singles position.
Last Time Out...
The Utes dropped a 5-2 decision to 44th-ranked Washington State last weekend, in their first Pac-12 road match in Pullman, Wash. Putilina, ranked No. 77, earned Utah's first point by upsetting 48th-ranked Liudmila Vasilieva 6-0, 6-3, at the No. 1 singles spot. At the No. 6 position, freshman Natasha Smith added the Utes' second point by downing Charlotte Koning 6-2, 6-2. In doubles play, the duo of Putilina and sophomore Callie Craig defeated the team of Andjela Kankaras and Ksenia Googe at the No. 1 spot, 8-2.