Women's Tennis Remains Undefeated At Home Following Win Over Boise State
Salt Lake City – The Utah women's tennis team (5-1) continued its streak of home wins on Saturday after recording a 5-2 victory over the Boise State Broncos (2-2) at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center. The Utes have posted a 5-0 record at home to begin the 2021 season and have not lost in Salt Lake City since 2019 after going 5-0 last season at home.
During doubles play, the Utes maintained close scores from the onset, but ultimately ceded the point to Boise State. On court two, the Broncos' duo downed Lindsay Hung and Anastasia Goncharova 6-3 to start. Closely following, Pauline Ernstberger and Holly Stewart on court one downed Utes Emily Dush and Madeline Lamoreaux 6-3 to pick up the doubles point.
On court three, Madison Tattini saw her first action of the season after progressing back from an elbow surgery, and teamed up with Anya Lamoreaux as the No. 3 pair. The two Utes downed their opponents, 6-4, to give a bit of momentum into singles play.
Singles play was competitively early on, but the Utes managed to win four first sets, which was led by Emily Dush's quick 6-0 win on court four. The first point came from Dush when she fended off a late rally from Boise State's Heffernan and won the second set 7-5. Not too long after, Goncharova wrapped up her match in the No. 3 spot and recorded a 6-2, 6-2 win that placed Utah in the lead, 2-1.
On court five, A. Lamoreaux picked up steam in the second set and pulled ahead to defeat Timm 6-3, 6-4, giving the Utes their third point. Boise State's Vendrell tried to keep the Broncos alive with a win over Jasmine Rich on court sixl 6-3, 6-3. With the Ute lead sitting at 3-2, it was left to the top two singles players for Utah – M. Lamoreaux and Hung – to pull out a win on either court.
Although she dropped the first set, Hung bounced back in the second set 6-2 and was set up for a third, while M. Lamoreaux was in another close set on court one. The game point came on court two, where Hung cruised by Stewart 6-0 in the third set to clinch the Ute victory. With the match put away, M. Lamoreaux fought until the end and after winning her first set in a tiebreaker (7-3), she went on to win the second in another tiebreaker (7-5) and defeat Baptista in a hard-fought match.
The Utah women will face the Denver Pioneers next Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Denver Tennis Park. First serve is set for 1 p.m. MT.
UTAH 5, BSU 2
1. Madeline Lamoreaux (UTAH) def. Joana Baptista (BSU), 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5)
2. Lindsay Hung (UTAH) def. Holly Stewart (BSU), 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
3. Anastasia Goncharova (UTAH) def. Pauline Ernstberger (BSU), 6-2, 6-2
4. Emily Dush (UTAH) def. Shauna Heffernan (BSU), 6-0, 7-5
5. Anya Lamoreaux (UTAH) def. Vanessa Timm (BSU), 6-3, 6-4
6. Ana Conde Vendrell (BSU) def. Jasmine Rich (UTAH), 6-3, 6-3
1. Shauna Heffernan/Joana Baptista (BSU) def. Emily Dush/Madeline Lamoreaux (UTAH), 6-3
2. Pauline Ernstberger/Holly Stewart (BSU) def. Anastasia Goncharova/Lindsay Hung (UTAH), 6-3
3. Madison Tattini/Anya Lamoreaux (UTAH) def. Nicole Discenza/Vanessa Timm (BSU), 6-4