Utah Women's Tennis Set For Dual Match at Denver
Utah women's tennis (5-1) is set for a road match against the Denver Pioneers (5-3) this Friday, Feb. 26. First serve for the Utes and Pioneers is scheduled for 5 p.m. MT at the Denver Tennis Park. There will be no live stats or live stream, but there will be a full recap following the conclusion of the match available on UtahUtes.com.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The Utes have jumped out to a 5-0 start in Salt Lake City this year, which includes a pair of wins this past weekend. Utah has recorded 7-0 sweeps over Idaho State and Dixie State, a 5-0 sweep against New Mexico State, along with victories against Weber State and Boise State this year at the Eccles Tennis Center. In the first five home matches, Utah is 25-2 in singles play.
The Utah women's tennis team has had the same six student-athletes play in the same six singles spots in every match this season. Madeline Lamoreaux battles on the top court for the Utes where she has collected a 3-1 record. Lindsay Hung and Anastasia Goncharova check in on court two and three, respectively, and both hold a 5-1 record. Emily Dush (4-1) and Anya Lamoreaux (5-1) have held down courts four and five, respectively, while Jasmine Rich has seen action on court six where she has posted three dual wins.
In doubles play, M. Lamoreaux and Dush have played every match as the No. 1 duo for Utah. Hung and A. Lamoreaux began the season as partners on court two, but in the last two matches, Hung and Goncharova have teamed up in the second spot. A. Lamoreaux has played in the third spot once with newcomer Olivia Mikkelson and once with Madison Tattini, who saw her season debut against Boise State. Goncharova and Rich also spent time together on court three.
Denver is 5-3 this season and has won five of its last six matches. The Pioneers are coming off a pair of wins this past weekend, downing BYU 6-1 and following it with a 4-3 win over Colorado. The Denver squad returned the entire roster from last year's 12-4 campaign that saw an upset over No. 25-ranked South Carolina, ranked as high as No. 33 in the nation and ended the year as No. 37 in the Oracle/ITA final poll. No. 117-ranked Taylor Melville leads the team in singles, while Anna Riedmiller has a team-best 7-1 record on court two. Melville and Hada Chang are ranked as the nation's No. 36 duo. Last season, Utah upset the No. 33-ranked Pios in Salt Lake City 4-2. Utah won the doubles point and picked up singles wins from Anya Lamoreaux, Emily Dush and Whitney Hekking to complete the win over the ranked team.
LAST TIME OUT
Utah continued its dominance at home this season and posted wins against Dixie State (7-0) and Boise State (5-2) to reach a 5-1 record on the season. The Utes rolled against Dixie State where all three doubles teams picked up victories, followed by courts two through six posting quick two-set victories in singles play. Madeline Lamoreaux split sets as the top singles player, but quickly downed her opponent in a tiebreaker as the third set to complete the sweep. Against Boise State, Utah fell behind early after doubles play, but rallied back during singles. The top five courts picked up victories to complete the 5-2 win to remain undefeated at home.
Utah will face in-state rival BYU on Wednesday, March 3 in Provo, Utah. The rivalry match will wrap up Utah's non-conference slate. The Utes and Cougars will have the first serve at 5 p.m. MT. Utah will then look to conference play as the weekend approaches, hosting Stanford and California on Friday, March 5, and Sunday, March 7, respectively.