Women's Tennis Falls to No. 16 UCLA
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah women's tennis was defeated by the No. 16 UCLA on Sunday afternoon at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center.
"Tough match today, we put ourselves in a winning position to take the doubles point, and unfortunately, it did not go our way which proved to be crucial," stated head coach Ric Mortera. "We will definitely be looking forward to our next chance to be in that situation. However, the team did a good job of regrouping and fighting hard on every singles court, but credit to UCLA in playing key situations better than us. We will learn from this and look to continue to improve, still a very positive week for us overall."
Finishing first in doubles, Lindsay Hung and Madeline Lamoreaux were defeated by the UCLA team of Kimmi Hance and Vanessa Ong, 6-1. The Bruins duo is ranked #28 in the nation.
Anastasia Goncharova and Emily Dush were able to gain some ground back for the Utes, with their win against the 30th ranked doubles team Abby Forbes and Ava Cantanzarite, 6-1.
In the last doubles match of the day, Linda Huang and Madison Tattini went head to head with the Burins team of Elysia Bolton and Elsie Wagle. The Utes were able to come back from a two-game deficit to tie the game up 5-5. Both doubles teams gained a game sending the match to a 7-point tiebreaker, where Huang and Tattini narrowly lost the match 7-6 (5).
In singles, Goncharova was the first to finish against UCLA player Kimmi Hance ranked No. 111 in singles by the ITA. Goncharova lost her first set 6-4. In her second, she came back from 5-2 and won two games straight to nearly tie up the score, 5-4, but Hance narrowly took the last game defeating Goncharova 6-4.
Tattini finished closely behind her. Tattini traded games with her opponent, Elise Wagle, in a truly remarkable first set until they were tied 6-6, taking them into a 7-point tiebreaker. Tattini lost the tiebreaker, 7-5. She was defeated in the second set, 6-1
Hung was the last to finish against the 102nd ranked singles player by the ITA Sasha Vagramov. She was defeated 6-4,
All the other singles matches were left unfinished, but the Utes had won at least one set on each court.
Utah will be hitting the road next week when they head to the University of Washington for a Pac-12 matchup on Friday, March 11. The match will start at 2:30 p.m. MT.
#16 UCLA 4, #27 Utah0
Linda Huang (UU) vs. #115 Abbey Forbes (UCLA), 6-4, 4-5 unfinished
Emily Dush (UU) vs. Elysia Bolton (UCLA), 3-6, 6-4, 2-2 unfinished
#102 Sasha Vagramov (UCLA) def. Lindsay Hung (UU), 6-4, 6-4
#111 Kimmi Hance (UCLA) def. Anastasia Goncharova (UU), 6-4, 6-4
Elise Wagle (UCLA) def. Madison Tattini (UU), 7(7)-6(5), 6-1
Anya Lamoreaux (UU) vs. Ava Catanzarite (UCLA), 6-0, 3-6, 3-4 unfinished
Doubles (3,2, 1)
#28 Elysia Bolton / Elise Wagle (UCLA) def. Linda Huang/Madison Tattini (UU), 7-6 (5)
Emily Dush/Anastasia Goncharova (UU) def. #30 Abbey Forbes / Ava Catanzarite (UCLA), 6-1
Kimmi Hance / Vanessa Ong (UCLA) def. Lindsay Hung/Madeline Lamoreaux (UU) 6-1
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