Utah Women's Tennis Drops Final Home Match To Washington
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah women's tennis team fell to the Washington Huskies 4-0 on Sunday afternoon at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center to wrap up the weekend's play. The Utes battled until the final point, but could not complete the comeback despite three courts in third sets.
"The doubles point was again key today," said head coach Ric Mortera. "We didn't execute as well as we did on Friday and we need to make that more consistent if we are to be successful. We want to thank our seniors Jasmine and Madison (McKay) on their efforts in building our program. It has been fun to see how they have grown in the past couple of years and they are going to be very successful in the future. It was also great to have the opportunity to celebrate Whitney who was having a historic season last year before the season was cut short. Her legacy will continue on for Utah tennis."
Washington took control of the doubles point after all courts jumped out to an early lead over Utah's duos. The Huskies took a 6-2 win on court three and 6-3 win on the top court to clinch the point and head to singles up 1-0.
The Huskies and Utes were in a battle during singles play, but Washington was able to extend the lead after picking up wins on courts two and six. Madeline Lamoreaux fell behind early in both sets and couldn't close the gap on court two, while Madison Tattini on court six fell behind as well, but managed to rally a bit each set. She fell behind 1-5 in the first and cut it to just 4-5 before dropping the set, while she trailed 0-5 in the second and won the next three games before her run was ended.
Although Utah trailed 3-0, there was still life left in the remaining four courts for a comeback. Anya Lamoreaux had won her first set 6-4 on court five, while Anastasia Goncharova was leading her second set on court four to head to a third. Meanwhile, Lindsay Hung was looking at a third set herself on court two after falling in the second.
All eyes were on court one with the match on the line as Emily Dush battled No. 52-ranked Vanessa Wong wire to wire. Dush dropped a narrow first set 6-4, but traded sets the entire way in the second until the match was tied 6-6. Dush led the tiebreaker 2-0, but after Wong tied it back at 2-2, the duo traded points until the end when Dush pushed to lead to 6-4. Not able to capitalize, Dush saw the tiebreaker become tied once again and ultimately fell 9-7 as Washington earned the match clinching point.
Utah women's tennis will continue Pac-12 play next weekend, visiting Arizona State and Arizona. The Utes will first take on the Sun Devils on Friday, Apr. 9 in Tempe, Ariz., before playing the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, Apr. 10 in Tucson, Ariz.
Washington 4, Utah 0
1. #52 Vanessa Wong (WASH) def. Emily Dush (UTAH) 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
2. Sarah-Maude Fortin (WASH) def. Madeline Lamoreaux (UTAH) 6-3, 6-3
3. Lindsay Hung (UTAH) vs. Sedona Gallagher (WASH) 6-4, 2-6, 2-5, unfinished
4. Anastasia Goncharova (UTAH) vs. Nika Zupancic (WASH) 5-7, 6-2, unfinished
5. Anya Lamoreaux (UTAH) vs. Tara Chilton (WASH) 6-4, 4-6, 0-1, unfinished
6. Zoey Weil (WASH) def. Madison Tattini (UTAH) 6-4, 6-3
1. Vanessa Wong/Sarah-Maude Fortin (WASH) def. Emily Dush/Anastasia Goncharova (UTAH) 6-3
2. Anya Lamoreaux/Madeline Lamoreaux (UTAH) vs. Sedona Gallagher/Zoey Weil (WASH) 3-5, unfinished
3. Nika Zupancic/Tara Chilton (WASH) def. Madison Tattini/Lindsay Hung (UTAH) 6-2