Women's Tennis Hosts Washington State Friday, Washington Sunday For Senior Day
Utah women's tennis will host Washington State and Washington this weekend at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center for the final home matches of the 2021 season. Utah will open action on Friday, Apr. 2 against Washington State at 1:30 p.m. MT. Then on Sunday, Apr. 4, the Utes will celebrate senior day against Washington at 11 a.m. MT.
Live stats for both matches can be found here, while a live stream for both matches is available here.
Utah will recognize seniors Jasmine Rich and Madison McKay, along with former Ute Whitney Hekking on Sunday. McKay spent two short seasons with Utah after transferring from Point Loma. She won two singles matches at the UNLV Invitational in the fall, defeating Colorado's Ky Ecton (0-6, 6-2, 6-1) and Oregon's Taryn Fujimori (6-2, 6-2). Rich has contributed heavily as a senior this season and has picked up three singles wins in dual play, along with four doubles wins to help guide the Utes this year. Hekking, who had her senior season cut short last year, was named the 2020 ITA Mountain Region Most Improved Senior and was team captain last year. She earned a career-best No. 12 doubles ranking with former partner Madison Tattini before the season was canceled.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE
Washington State is currently on a three-match losing skid after falling to Stanford and California, before dropping a road match at BYU. Utah played then the No. 38-ranked Cougars earlier this season and fell 4-1, although the match was unfinished before Utah could put more points on the board against Washington State. The Cougars are led by No. 86 Michaela Bayerlova in the top singles spot, while Savanna Ly-Nguyen holds a team-best 13 dual wins with 11 of the singles wins coming from court five. WSU was ranked in the top-50 earlier in the season, but has since fallen out of the rankings.
Washington also dropped a pair of matches to the Bay Area schools last weekend and sits at 9-6 overall this season. Notable wins for the Huskies have come over Arizona and Washington State earlier this year. The Huskies are led by Vanessa Wong, who is 13-2 in singles dual play on court one, along with Sedona Gllagher, who holds a 12-3 dual record between courts two and three. The duo also holds five doubles dual wins this year together, which is tied for the team-high.
LAST TIME OUT
Utah took a quick break from Pac-12 play and traveled south to take on Dixie State in St. George, Utah. The Utes rolled past the Trailblazers and picked up a 7-0 win. Utah grabbed doubles wins of 6-0 on courts two and three, while court one picked up a 6-2 win. In singles, five Utes got it done in straight sets, while Madeline Lamoreaux completed the sweep in her three-set victory. Olivia Mikkelson also recorded her first singles win as a Ute against Dixie State, playing on court six.
Utah women's tennis will hit the road and play Arizona State and Arizona next weekend. Utah and Arizona State will meet at 2:30 p.m. MT on Friday, Apr. 9 in Tempe, Ariz. The Utes and Wildcats will then compete on Saturday, Apr. 10 in Tucson, Ariz., to close out Utah's road trip to the desert.