Women's Tennis Set For Season Opening Dual Against Idaho State
The Utah women's tennis program is set for its 2021 season opening dual this Saturday, Jan. 30 against the Idaho State Bengals. Utah and Idaho State will have the first serve of the match at 1 p.m. MT at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center. While no spectators will be allowed, there is a free stream available here.
Utah returns all but one starter from the 2020 season. Utah returns five juniors that saw playing time throughout the entire season last year. Madison Tattini returns after a sophomore campaign where she competed in the top singles and doubles spots for Utah. Her and former partner Whitney Hekking achieved a No. 12 national ranking in doubles play before the season ended.
Madeline Lamoreaux returns after playing at the No. 2 singles and doubles spots, while her 2020 doubles partner Emily Dush returns after a sophomore season at the No. 4 position that saw a team-high nine dual wins in singles. Utah also returns key contributors Lindsay Hung and Anya Lamoreaux, who spent time in the No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions, respectively.
ONE YEAR DOWN
Head coach Ric Mortera completed his first year in Salt Lake City in 2020. In his first year, Mortera and the Utes jumped out to a 5-0 record for the program's best start since the 1983-84 season. The Utes continued the strong season and earned a team-high ranking of No. 44 in the Oracle/ITA poll at the beginning of March. The first year under Mortera included the program's 11th-straight win over BYU and an upset over No. 33-ranked Denver at home. Utah finished 8-0 over Mountain Region opponents and tallied a 10-5 overall record. Mortera also led senior Whitney Hekking to be named the ITA Mountain Region's Most Improved Senior in 2020. Tattini and Hekking earned a doubles ranking of No. 12 in the nation to cap off a terrific year.
SCOUTING IDAHO STATE
The match on Saturday between Utah and Idaho State will also be the Bengals first dual of the 2021 season. The Bengals posted a 4-7 overall record in 2020. Idaho State returns Hristina Cvetkovic as the team's top singles player from last year. Alexandra Arkhipov also returns from last season where she won two matches in the No. 1 spot, while primarily playing as the second singles player. Cvetkovic also played in the top doubles position, while Arkhipov played in the No. 2 doubles spot.
LAST TIME OUT
The Utes were able to compete at the Big 12/Pac-12 Dual a few weeks ago, marking their first competition in over 310 days. Utah played singles and doubles matches against Kansas, Kansas State and Texas Tech in a mock dual tournament.
Anastasia Goncharova suited up as a Ute for the first time of her career and teamed up with Anya Lamoreaux for a doubles win at the No. 2 spot against Kansas State. Madeline Lamoreaux earned Utah's first singles win of the event against her opponent from Kansas in the No. 4 position. On the final day, Lindsay Hung and Emily Dush picked up singles wins against Kansas State from the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, respectively.
Utah will remain in Salt Lake City for the next two matches. The Utes will host New Mexico State next Thursday, Feb. 4 and Weber State on Saturday, Feb. 6. Utah and New Mexico State will begin at 1 p.m. MT, while the Utes and Wildcats will have the first serve at 1 p.m. MT as well.