Women's Tennis Faces Oregon To Open Pac-12 Championships
The Utah women's tennis team is set for a first round matchup against the No. 47-ranked Oregon Ducks at the 2021 Pac-12 Championships this Friday, Apr. 23 at 10 a.m. PT/11 a.m. MT. The Utes and Ducks will be the opening match of the conference championships at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif. For all information regarding this year's event, visit the tournament central page.
Leading the Utes with wins to this point in the season are Lindsay Hung, Anya Lamoreaux and Anastasia Goncharova, who have each posted eight wins. Hung has collected six wins from court two and the other pair from court three, while Goncharova has picked up five wins on court three and three on court four. Lamoreaux has earned six of hers from court five and the other two from court six. Hung also leads the squad with nine doubles wins, while Goncharova has collected eight.
DOUBLES DOING WORK
In the last two matches, Utah has taken both doubles points to get an early lead. Earning a win both matches was court three's duo of Madison Tattini and Lindsay Hung. The pair posted a 6-4 win over Arizona on the road, and then followed the performance with a 6-2 win at Colorado. Joining for the point against Arizona was Madeline Lamoreaux and Anya Lamoreaux (6-4), while Emily Dush and Anastasia Goncharova earned a 6-0 win at Colorado to join Tattini and Hung.
Utah has faced seven teams ranked in the ITA/Oracle poll at the time of the match, while nine teams Utah played this season are now ranked in the top-50 rankings from the latest ITA poll released Wednesday. The Utes have played against 11 ranked opponents in singles play with Madeline Lamoreaux facing four. Emily Dush and Lindsay Hung have each played against three ranked opponents, while Anya Lamoreaux has faced one ranked opponent.
The Oregon Ducks finished the regular season 12-7 overall and a 5-5 record in Pac-12 play to earn the sixth seed. Oregon knocked off then No. 25 Stanford at home a few weeks ago 4-3, but have dropped four of the last five. Oregon took the regular season contest against Utah in a narrow 4-3 win in Eugene. The Ducks won the first four points, but the Utes did not give up and fought for the final three singles wins when Emily Dush, Anastasia Goncharova and Anya Lamoreaux took their respective courts. Oregon is led by No. 36-ranked Janice Tjen, who is 16-2 overall on court one.
LAST TIME OUT
Utah closed out the regular season slate against Colorado last weekend. The Utes picked up the doubles point after Anastasia Goncharova and Emily Dush cruised to a 6-0 win on court one, which was then followed by Lindsay Hung and Madison Tattini taking their match on court three 6-2. Madeline Lamoreaux and Anya Lamoreaux were leading their match, but it went unfinished. Utah couldn't sustain the lead as Colorado picked up four-consecutive singles wins. Dush dropped a tight match in the third set that went to a tiebreaker, while M. Lamoreaux also fell in a tiebreaker set in her second. Goncharova picked up a 6-4 win on court four in the first set, but was trailing in her second set before the match was called off.