Freshman Natasha Smith won both her singles matches at the No. 6 singles spot last weekend.
April 9, 2012
No. 43 Utes Head to No. 29 Arizona State and No. 28 Arizona...
The 43rd-ranked University of Utah women's tennis team (9-9, 1-6 Pac-12) travels to 29th-ranked Arizona State (10-7, 2-5 Pac-12) and 28th-ranked Arizona (12-8, 2-5 Pac-12) this weekend for a pair of Pac-12 Conference matches.
"These are two more very big matches in terms of conference finish and NCAA team consideration," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "We match up well with both teams and they are certainly able to beat us, but we are capable of beating them as well."
The Utes face the Sun Devils Friday, April 13 at 1:30 p.m. PT, in Tempe, Ariz., before meeting the Wildcats Saturday, April 14 at noon PT, in Tucson, Ariz.
Scouting No. 29 Arizona State...
The Sun Devils return home after dropping two Pac-12 road matches last weekend. No. 29 ASU fell to top-ranked UCLA 4-0, before dropping 6-1 decision to fourth-ranked USC. In the Sun Devil's loss to the Trojans, ASU senior Michelle Brycki upset USC's 15th-ranked Zoe Scandalis at the No. 1 singles spot. Also in ASU's lineup is ninth-ranked singles player Jacqueline Cako.
Scouting No. 28 Arizona...
The Wildcats are coming off a pair of Pac-12 road losses to No. 4 USC and No. 1 UCLA. No. 28 Arizona first dropped a 6-1 decision to the fourth-ranked Trojans, before falling to the top-ranked Bruins 5-2. The Wildcats boast the 50th-ranked doubles team of Natasha Marks and Lacey Smyth. Smyth is also ranked No. 66 singles, while Marks is No. 81.
Last year against the Wildcats...
Last year in Tucson the Utes dropped a 6-1 decision to Arizona. Junior Paige Miles earned Utah's point at the No. 6 singles spot.
Last Time Out Against Oregon and No. 44 Washington...
Last weekend the Utes captured their first Pac-12 win by defeating the 44th-ranked Huskies 6-1 Saturday in Seattle, Wash. Senior Anastasia Putilina, ranked No. 77, earned the match-clinching point for Utah by upsetting 20th-ranked Denise Dy 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-2, at the No. 1 singles position. In doubles play, the freshmen duo of Danielle Flores and Natasha Smith secured the doubles point for the Utes by defeating Andjela Nemcevic and Riko Shimizu 9-7 at the No. 2 position, after Putilina and sophomore partner Callie Craig topped Dy and Samantha Smith 8-6 at the No. 1 position.
In singles action, Smith defeated Shimizu 6-2, 2-1 ret., at the No. 6 spot and Flores topped Natali Coronel at the No. 5 position, 6-4, 6-1, to set Putilina up to clinch the match. Sophomore Sarah Pham earned Utah's fifth point by besting Nemcevic 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, at the No. 2 spot. Craig then topped S. Smith 4-6, 7-5 ret., adding the Utes' sixth point.
In Utah's 4-3 loss to Oregon Friday, sophomore Lucia Kovarcikova bested Pascale Neubert 2-6, 7-5, 10-4, at the No. 5 position, while Putilina defeated Julia Metzger at the No. 1 singles spot 7-6(6), 6-2. Smith then topped Rabea Stueckmann 7-6(4), 7-6(3), at the No. 6 position.