Women's Tennis Heads to the Pacific Northwest
Utah Women's Tennis team hits the road for Pac-12 play this weekend when they head to the Pacific Northwest to face Washington and Washington State. The weekend will start in Seattle against No. 17 Washington on Friday before closing the weekend of play Sunday in Pullman against Washington State.
#29 Utah (12-2, 1-1 Pac-12) vs. #17 Washington (11-4, 2-0 Pac-12)
DATE | TIME: Friday, March 11 | 2:30 p.m. MT
LOCATION: Seattle, Wash. | Bill Quillian Tennis Stadium
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#29 Utah (12-2, 1-1 Pac-12) vs. Washington State (4-8, 0-2 Pac-12)
DATE | TIME: Sunday, March 13 | 12 p.m. MT
LOCATION: Pullman, Wash. | The Simmelink Courts at Hollingbery Fieldhouse
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ITA NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS
The third computerized ITA Collegiate Tennis Division I Women's team rankings were released on March 9. The ITA Collegiate Tennis Division I Women's Team Rankings feature the nation's Top 75 teams. The Utes entered the ITA National Team Rankings on Wednesday as the 29th ranked team in the country. Utah is currently 12-2 on the season.
ITA PLAYER RANKINGS
After a busy week of play, the ITA Division I Women's Rankings came out on Wednesday. The Utes found that Linda Huang is ranked 97 by the ITA in singles. Utah's double team of Emily Dush and Anastasia Goncharova are the 54th ranked doubles team. The next rankings for individuals comes out on Tuesday, March 22.
LAST TIME OUT
Last weekend the Utes split its opening Pac-12 weekend. Utah defeated then-No. 21 USC, 4-2 before falling to then-No. 16 UCLA, 4-0.
On Friday, the Utes defeated the Trojans for the first time in program history. After taking the doubles point, the Utes went to work in singles. Linda Huang earned a victory over the fifth-ranked singles player in the nation. Huang defeated Eryn Cayetano 7-6 (7), 6-1. Madison Tattini clinched the win for the Utes with a 7-5, 6-4 victory in No. 5 singles. Anya Lamoreaux picked up a 6-3, 6-3 win in No. 6 singles.
On Sunday, the Utes battled against the Bruins of UCLA. With the doubles point on the line, the final doubles match came down to Huang and Tattini. However, the Utah duo was defeated in a tiebreak. The Utes battled in singles as Utah had won a set in three matches but would fall 4-0.
LAST TIME VS WASHINTON
Utah and Washington squared off in Salt Lake City on April 4. The Huskies came away with a 4-0 victory over the Utes.
LAST TIME VS WASHINTON STATE
Utah and Washington State are no strangers to each other as they squared off in Salt Lake City earlier this year in a non-conference matchup. The Utes came away with a 4-3 victory over the Cougars on Feb. 11. Utah dropped the doubles point before winning four singles. Anastasia Goncharova clinched the win for the Utes in No. 4 singles.
Washington enters the weekend as the 17th ranked team in the ITA National Team Rankings. This will be the third straight match for the Utes against a ranked opponent. Washington is 11-4 on the season, including a 2-0 record in conference play. Last weekend, the Huskies opened Pac-12 play in Arizona against Arizona and Arizona State. The Huskies came away with two 4-3 victories. During the spring matches, Washington is 51-28 in singles play. Sarah-Maude Fortin leads the team with 11 victories on the season. Nika Zupancic follows with nine wins, all coming in No. 3 singles. The Huskies have only dropped the doubles point in five of the 15 matches this season. They were defeated by Arizona State in doubles play last weekend. Washington is 22-14 in doubles matches.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON STATE
The Cougars of Washington State return to action this weekend with an overall record of 4-8 and a 0-2 mark in Pac-12 play. Last weekend, the Cougars were defeated 4-2 by Arizona State and 4-1 by Arizona. Washington State is led by Michaela Bayerlova, who is 4-1 this season. She has played No. 1 the entire season and has a WTA ranking of 516, which places her third among current collegians in the world rankings. Over the spring season, the Cougars are 23-38 in singles play, and 20-14 in doubles play.
TOP TEN RECRUITING CLASS
The Utah women's tennis team earned a top ten recruiting class for the first time in school history. The Utes earned the ninth-ranked class by the Tennis Recruiting Network. Utah has signed three for next season. Kaila Barksdale, Yasmin Ezzat, and Marcela Lopez have all signed to join the Utes for the 2022-23 season. To find out more about the class, click here.
TOP AUSTRALIAN PLAYERS
Universal Tennis took a look at the top 10 ranked college players from Australia. The results are based on the UTR Ranking. Utah's Linda Huang came in fourth on the list. Her ranking is 10.23 from the UTR Rating.
Utah heads to California next weekend, March 18 and 20, when they play at California and Stanford. The Utes open the trip in Berkley against Cal on Friday and close the trip at Stanford on Sunday.
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