Women's Tennis Faces BYU Wednesday, Opens Pac-12 Play Friday Against Stanford
Utah women's tennis (5-2) will head to Provo to take on in-state rival BYU (7-4) on Wednesday, March 3 at 5 p.m. MT before opening conference play at home against Stanford (1-0) and No. 12 California (6-1) this weekend. The match between Utah and BYU will be live streamed here, while live stats are available here.
Utah will return to the George S. Eccles Tennis Center to host Stanford this Friday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m. MT to begin Pac-12 play. The Utes will then close the weekend on Sunday, March 7 against No. 12 California at 11 a.m. MT. A live stream for both matches and live stats are available on UtahUtes.com.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The Utes have jumped out to a 5-0 start in Salt Lake City this year. 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 posted a 25-2 record in singles play.
BYU is 7-4 overall this season and has earned a 5-2 win over Boise State, 4-1 win over Fresno State and 6-1 win over Weber State to highlight the schedule so far. The Cougars have recently dropped matches to Pac-12 foes Colorado and Oregon, while also falling to Denver. They have played eight-straight matches on the road and first time back home will be against the Utes. BYU is led by senior Madeline Almedia Wanlass and sophomore Emilee Astle. The two combine for a 12-3 record in singles matches, including an impressive 5-0 start for Wanlass. Last year, Utah defeated BYU for the 11th-straight time, earning a 4-2 win in Salt Lake City.
Stanford begins the week with just one match under its belt in 2021 where the Cardinal downed Santa Clara 7-0. Stanford was ranked preseason No. 4 until falling out of the rankings due to not having any matches. In the shortened 2020 season, Stanford was 10-2 and returns the entire roster this season, while welcoming two freshmen. Michaela Gorden is ranked No. 10 in singles play, Angelica Blake is ranked No. 58, Emily Arbuthnott is No. 63 and Janice Shin is No. 114 in the latest rankings. In doubles, Arbuthnott and Blake is slotted at No. 9 in the doubles rankings.
Cal is ranked No. 12 in the latest Oracle/ITA poll on Feb. 24.The Golden Bears are 6-1 on the season with the sole loss on the year coming from then-No. 2 UCLA. Cal avenged its loss to UCLA two weeks ago and topped the third-ranked Bruins 4-3 to highlight the slate so far. Haley Giavara is ranked No. 18 in singles play, Valentina Ivanov is No. 26, and Julia Rosenqvist is No. 43 to lead the Golden Bears. In doubles, Giavara and Ivanov are ranked No. 40.
LAST TIME OUT
Utah dropped a road match to the Denver Pioneers 4-0 in the sole contest of the weekend. Anastasia Goncharova and Lindsay Hung posted a 6-0 win over Denver's No. 2 doubles team, but the Ute duos on court one and three ultimately fell. Emily Dush won her first set in singles play after a tiebreaker, along with Anya Lamoreaux winning her first set 6-3, but victories from the top three courts for Denver ended the match. Olivia Mikkelson saw the first singles match of her career, which went unfinished in a close match that saw a tiebreaker in the first set.
Utah will begin a four-match road swing to continue Pac-12 play. Utah will begin the road trip taking on Washington State on Thursday, March 11 in Pullman, Wash. The Utes will then wrap up the weekend in Eugene, Ore., when they take on the Oregon Ducks. Utah will stay on the road the following week and head to Los Angeles to play UCLA and USC.