Utah Takes Doubles Title at SDSU Fall Classic
SAN DIEGO/LAS VEGAS – The Utah Women's tennis team finished off the weekend at both the San Diego State Fall Classic and Jolene Watanabe Classic on Sunday afternoon.
"I am excited the way we ended the fall," head coach Ric Mortera said. "I am happy for Katya and Lindsay winning their first collegiate title. They got better as the tournament went on and capped it off with a solid match against a good Pac 12 opponent. It was a nice run by Anastasia and Samantha, especially it being some of her first few tournaments in college. Lindsay and Madison did a nice job finishing the rest of their weekend after their respective opening matches. With Madeline's competitive spirit, I believe she will be ready to go come January. Overall, a positive weekend for us and a good way to finish our first half of the year."
At SDSU, the Utes were able to come away with a doubles title. Lindsay Hung and Katya Hersh defeated Oregon doubles team Luescher/ Petchey, 6-4, to take first place in the Doubles Black Draw. Following closely behind them, Utah Doubles team Linda Huang and Madison Tattini took third after defeating Kuo/Stelse from the Air Force Academy, 6-4.
In the singles gold draw, Huang fought for 3rd place against Oregon player Sophie Luescher after making it to the semifinals. Huang lost her first set but was able to win her second, 6-4, taking the match to a 7-point tiebreaker set. Huang remained neck and neck with her opponent until she was narrowly defeated, 11-9, giving her 4th place.
In the gold draw, Hung beat out opponent Ella Pachl (UCSD), 6-2 6-3. Tattini won two consolation finals in both the singles gold draw and the singles black draw. Tattini defeated her opponent, Sophie Pearson of UCSD, in the singles black draw, 6-1 6-0.
In the singles red draw, Hersh came away with 3rd place against opponent Cecile Morin from SDSU after winning the match, 7-5 3-6 (10-7).
At the Jolene Watanabe Classic at UNLV, Anastasia Goncharova and Samantha Horwood finished second in first doubles after a tough match against GCU's Natasha Puehse and Santa Strombacha. Goncharova also won another win in the first singles consolation final against Zara Lennon (LBSU), 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.
Madeline Lamoreaux also made it to the consolation finals in second singles. Lamoreaux was able to win her first set, 6-4, before being defeated by Nikola Homolkova of LBSU.
Utah Women's Tennis will be back in the spring to kick off their season. Stay tuned to UtahUtes.com for the release of the spring schedule.