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No. 59 Utah Women's Tennis Travels to San Diego For a Pair of MWC Matches

Sophomore Paige Miles has won six-straight matches in singles.

Sophomore Paige Miles has won six-straight matches in singles.

April 11, 2011

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Utes Travel to San Diego For a Pair of MWC Matches...
The 59th-ranked University of Utah women's tennis team (11-8, 5-0 MWC) heads to San Diego, Calif. this weekend for a pair of Mountain West Conference matches. The defending regular-season Champion Utes face 48th-ranked UNLV (16-4, 5-0 MWC) at 2 p.m. PT, Friday, April 15, before taking on 45th-ranked San Diego State (14-7. 5-0 MWC) at noon, Saturday, April 16.

"The team is definitely looking forward to the challenge of playing two very good teams on the road," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "This will be a pivotal weekend in the conference championship race."

Utah, UNLV and SDSU are the only remaining undefeated teams in MWC play, with all three boasting identical 5-0 records. The Utes have won 13 straight regular-season conference matches dating back to March 2010.

Quick Hits...
The Utes are on a 6-0 run, including being a perfect 5-0 in conference... Sophomore Paige Miles and freshman Sarah Pham are both on six-match winning streaks in singles... Pham earned two match-clinching points for Utah this past weekend...Senior Evgenia Kryuchkova is 16-0 in singles against MWC opponents in regular-season play since 2009, boasting an overall record of 21-3...This is the third year in a row that the Utes have had at least a 3-0 start in conference play, it's the second consecutive year they've gotten off to a 5-0 start... Kryuchkova and junior Anastasia Putilina have both earned MWC Women's Tennis Player of the Week honors twice so far this year.

The Rebels & the Aztecs...
Scouting UNLV...
The 48th-ranked Rebels are coming off a pair of conference wins this past weekend in Albuquerque, N.M., topping 61st-ranked TCU 4-3, and New Mexico, 6-1. UNLV has won six of its last seven matches, with its only loss being to No. 34 Ole Miss.

Last Year Against the Rebels...
Last year Putilina upset 37th-ranked Kristina Nedeltcheva at the No. 1 singles position to clinch Utah's 4-3 win over 29th-ranked UNLV at the Eccles Tennis Center. Kryuchkova upset 111th-ranked Jana Albers at the No. 2 singles spot, after helping secure the doubles point with an 8-5 win over Nives Pavlovic and Adrienn Hidvegi at the No. 3 position with former Ute Lisa Johnson. The Utes went 3-0 in doubles last year against the Rebels.

Scouting San Diego State...
The 45th-ranked Aztecs are returning home after netting two conference wins against New Mexico (6-1) and 61st-ranked TCU (5-2) over the weekend in Albuquerque. SDSU is 10-1 in its last 11 matches, falling only to 24th-ranked San Diego.

Last Year Against the Aztecs...
Utah defeated SDSU in Salt Lake City last year to end the season a perfect 9-0 at home for the first time in the program's history. After dropping the doubles point the Utes went 5-1 in singles for the 5-2 victory over the Aztecs, with Putilina and Kryuchkova each capturing upset wins over top-100 ranked opponents. Putilina upset 50th-ranked Julia Trunk at the No. 1 singles position, while Kryuchkova's win was over 78th-ranked Alicia Aguilar at the No. 2 spot. Miles also notched a singles victory at the No. 4 position over Roxanne Ellison after a four-hour marathon match.

Last time out against Air Force, Colorado State and Wyoming...
Utah swept all three of its conference matches this past weekend in Salt Lake City, topping Air Force 6-1, before besting Colorado State 6-1 and 72nd-ranked Wyoming 4-3. The Utes are 4-0 against the Falcons, the Rams and the Cowgirls since Iandolo took over the Ute squad. Utah ends the year 6-1 at home, going 19-1 at the Eccles Tennis Center since March 2009.

In the match against Air Force, 82nd-ranked Putilina won the clinching point with her defeat of Christen Monreal at the No. 1 singles spot. The freshman duo of Pham and Lucia Kovarcikova secured the doubles point for Utah by downing Monreal and Anastasia Hueffner at the No. 2 doubles position. The Utes went 2-1 in doubles and 5-1 in singles against the Falcons.

Pham earned the winning point for Utah in the match against Colorado State by topping Tori Arneson in a three-set match at the No. 2 singles spot. The Utes swept the doubles competition, with the team Kryuchkova and redshirt sophomore Lexi Provancha earning the clinching point by defeating Arneson and Caitlin Fluegge at the No. 1 position, before going 5-1 in singles for the win over the Rams.

Against Wyoming, Pham captured the match-clinching point, for a second-consecutive day, by besting Simona Synkova at the No. 4 singles spot. After dropping the doubles point, Utah rallied to win four-straight singles matches for the 4-3 victory over the Cowgirls. 108th-ranked Kryuchkova, the Mountain West Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week, notched the Utes' first point from the No. 2 singles position, with Miles earning the second at the No. 5 spot. Putilina earned Utah's third point from the No. 1 position, setting up Pham to clinch the match.

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.

 

 

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