Senior Anastasia Putilina enters the Mountain Region Championships as the top-seeded singles player.
Oct. 11, 2011
Utes Head to Mountain Region Championships...
The University of Utah women's tennis team heads to the USTA/ITA Mountain Region Championships, Oct. 12-16, in Las Vegas, Nev. Senior Anastasia Putilina, ranked No. 64, enters the tournament as the top-seeded singles player, while she and sophomore partner Callie Craig are the No. 1-seeded doubles team. In addition, Craig is the No. 12-seeded singles player, while sophomore Sarah Pham is the No. 11-seed.
"I am very proud of the fact that we have the No. 1-seed in singles and the No. 1-seeded doubles team," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "Also, having three players seeded among the top-12 in singles says a lot about where we are as a team. Now we have to go out and meet expectations.
The tournament, hosted by UNLV, begins Wednesday (Oct. 12) at 8:30 a.m. PT with the first round of singles, followed by a second round. Doubles play is slated to start Thursday.
Joining Utah and host school UNLV at the tournament will be Boise State, BYU, Colorado State, Colorado, Denver, Idaho State, Idaho, Montana State, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Air Force, Utah State, Weber State and Wyoming.
Last Year at Regionals...
Last year at the Mountain Region Championships the second-seeded team of Putilina and junior Paige Miles won the doubles title by defeating UNLV's Jana Albers and Adrienn Hidvegi 8-3 in the finals. It was the Utes' first regional title since 1991 when current Utah assistant coach Ruth Ann Allen won the doubles crown with partner Lisa Salvatierra.
At the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships last week, 64th-ranked Putilina advanced to the main draw singles consolation quarterfinals before falling to 25th-ranked Anna Bartenstein of Miami 6-1, 7-6(6).
In the qualifying singles bracket, Craig upset 72nd-ranked Hana Tomlijanvic of Virginia 6-4, 6-3, in the first round consolation play before dropping a 6-4, 3-6, 10-5, decision to Duke's 63rd-ranked Mary Clayton in round two.
In prequalifying singles play, Pham advanced to the third round of play before falling 6-6, 6-0, to 110th-ranked Lauren Mira of Vanderbilt.
Putilina Ranked in Top 100...
Putilina earned a singles ranking of No. 64 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) preseason poll. Putilina has not gone unranked since receiving her first national ranking in April 2010.