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No. 55 Utah Women's Tennis Heads to BYU For Final Regular-Season MWC Match

Freshman Sarah Pham is on an 8-0 run in singles.

Freshman Sarah Pham is on an 8-0 run in singles.

April 18, 2011

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No. 55 Utes Head to BYU For Final Regular-Season MWC Match...
The 55th-ranked University of Utah women's team (12-9, 6-1 MWC) takes on in-state rival BYU (9-10, 4-3 MWC) in its final regular-season Mountain West Conference match of the year. The Utes and Cougars face off at noon, Friday, April 22, at the BYU Tennis Complex in Provo, Utah.

"We are looking forward to closing out the season against our rival BYU," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "I expect it to be a very competitive match that will help us a great deal as we prepare for the Mountain West [Conference] Championships."

Utah heads into Friday's match in second place in the MWC standings. Should the Utes come out of Provo with a win, they will be the sole second-place team with a regular-season record of 7-1. If Utah ends with a 6-2 record it will tie No. 46 SDSU for second, however the Utes would still be the No. 2 seed at the conference tournament based on their regular-season head-to-head win over the Aztecs.

Quick Hits...
Freshman Sarah Pham is on an eight-match winning streak in singles... The team of junior Anastasia Putilina and sophomore Paige Miles are undefeated in conference play at 6-0 at the No. 1 doubles spot... Since Iandolo took over the Ute squad Utah holds a 2-1 regular-season record against BYU, prior to this the Utes had only beaten the Cougars once in the past two decades in regular season play. Utah is 1-0 against BYU in MWC tournament action...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... Putilina and senior Evgenia Kryuchkova have both earned MWC Women's Tennis Player of the Week honors twice so far this year.

The Cougars...
Scouting BYU...
The Cougar's are coming off a pair of conference losses this past weekend in San Diego, Calif. BYU fell to 46th-ranked SDSU 6-1 Friday, before dropping a 7-0 decision to 43rd-ranked UNLV Saturday.

Last Year Against the Cougars...
Last year Utah downed BYU 5-2 in Salt Lake City at the Eccles Tennis Center. Miles earned the match-winning point for the Utes with her defeat of Romina Nedakovic at the No. 4 singles position. Prior to clinching the match with her singles victory, Miles and partner Putilina captured the doubles point for Utah with their win over McCall Jones and Kristina Doerr at the No. 1 spot. Kryuchkova also contributed to the Utes' win by notching a win over Doerr at the No. 2 singles position.

Last time out against the Rebels and the Aztecs...
Against No. 43 UNLV...
The Utes saw their thirteen-match, regular-season, conference winning streak snapped by the 43rd-ranked Rebels in San Diego Calif., this past weekend. After winning the doubles point, Utah struggled in singles, allowing UNLV to come back and take the match 4-3.

The team of Putlina and Miles notched a win in doubles at the No. 1 spot, as did the freshmen duo of Pham and Lucia Kovarcikova at the No. 3 position. Putilina, ranked No. 92, and Pham also netted singles victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 spots, respectively.

Against No. 46 SDSU...
The Utes rebounded from the UNLV match against the 46th-ranked Aztecs, upsetting them 4-3 on their home courts in San Diego. After taking the doubles point, Utah went 3-3 in singles, with redshirt sophomore Lexi Provancha earning the match-clinching point with her defeat of Roxanne Ellison at the No. 6 singles position.

Putilina and Miles pulled an upset of the 69th-ranked team of R. and Sierra Ellison at the No. 1 doubles spot, while Pham and Kovarcikova bested Julia Trunk and Emma Cioffi at the No. 3 position, capturing the doubles point for the Utes. In singles, Pham notched Utah's second point by topping Alicia Aguilar at the No. 3 spot, while Putilina added the Utes' third point with her defeat of Trunk at the No. 1 position.

The Utes are 14-1 in MWC regular-season play since March 2010, having only lost to the 2011 regular-season champions UNLV.

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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