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Women's Tennis Defeats #21 USC

Mar 4, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – For the first time in program history, the Utah women's tennis program defeated the Trojans of Southern Cal on Friday afternoon. The Utes earned the 4-2 win, earning their first conference victory of the season. 
 
"I am so incredibly proud of the team tonight," remarked head coach Ric Mortera. "Every single person in this program contributed to this win, we've been working so hard to prepare for opportunities like this, and I could not be happier for everyone. That being said, we will enjoy this for today and look forward to our matchup against another great team on Sunday." 
 
Opening with doubles, the Utes got a strong start as they earned the doubles point against USC. Finishing first was Linda Huang and Madison Tattini, who lost against the USC team, Eryn Cayetano / Grace Piper, 6-2. 
 
Utah needed the last two matches to clinch the point. Lindsay Hung and Madeline Lamoreaux defeated Trojans, Danielle Willson, and Sloane Morra, 6-3. Emily Dush and Anastasia Goncharova closed out doubles with their win, 6-3, against opponents Snow Han / Gabrielle Lee.
 
Going to singles ahead 1-0, Linda Huang went head to head with Eryn Cayetano, the fifth-ranked singles player by the ITA rankings. In an incredibly close first set, Huang and Cayetano traded games until the set was tied 6-6, sending it to a 7-point tiebreaker. Huang came away with the set 7-6 (7). She quickly took the second set 6-1 to clinch a singles point for the Utes and earned a ranked victory. 
 
On court six, Anya Lamoreaux defeated Trojan Danielle Willson, currently ranked 105th singles player in the nation, 6-3, 6-3, for the Utes' third point of the day. 
 
With the match 3-2 in favor of the Utes, they were looking for one win on one of the final two courts. That win came on court five with Tattini. Tattini came away with a 7-5 first set win in a hard-fought first set. She followed with a 6-4 victory over Sloane Morra to clinch the win for the Utes. 
 
Hung battled it out against 56th ranked player Sno Han. Hung was defeated, 6-2, 6-1. Goncharova played against Trojan Grace Piper. She lost her first set, 6-1, and was narrowly defeated in her second, 7-5. Dush's match was left unfinished, but she was also competing against a ranked opponent, Salma Ewing, who currently holds 36th.
 
UP NEXT 
Utah will host UCLA on Sunday, March 6 at 12 p.m. MT from the George S. Eccles Tennis Center. 

#27 Utah 4,  #21 USC 2
Singles (3,6,4,1,5)
Linda Huang (UU) def. #5 Eryn Cayetano (USC), 7-6 (7), 6-1
Emily Dush (UU) vs. #36 Salma Ewing (USC), 6-3, 4-6, 2-4 unfinished
#56 Snow Han (USC) def. Lindsay Hung (UU), 6-2, 6-1
Grace Piper (USC) def. Anastasia Goncharova (UU), 6-1, 7-5
Madison Tattini (UU) def. Sloane Morra (USC), 7-5, 6-4
Anya Lamoreaux (UU) def. #103 Danielle Willson (USC), 6-3, 6-3
 
Doubles (1,3, 2)
Eryn Cayetano/Grace Piper (USC) def. Linda Huang/Madison Tattini (UU), 6-2
Emily Dush/Anastasia Goncharova (UU) def. Snow Han/Gabrielle Lee (USC), 6-3
Lindsay Hung/Madeline Lamoreaux (UU) def. Danielle Willson/Sloane Morra (USC), 6-3
 
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