Women's Tennis Downs Washington State
PULLMAN, Wash. – The 29th ranked Utah women's tennis team closed out the trip to Washington with a 4-3 victory over Washington State on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Utes improved to 13-3 on the season and 2-2 in Pac-12 play.
"This was a great way for us to end a challenging road trip," stated Ric Mortera. "I am proud of the team for the way they bounced back from Friday's match. They again put themselves in a winning position in the doubles point, and the breaker went our way this time and it was a great effort against a good team. I think the grit we showed in doubles carried over well into singles, and we played some really solid matches. We will be looking forward to getting home to get a little rest before getting back out to the practice courts for another tough weekend ahead."
In doubles, the Cougars won the first doubles match by taking No. 3 doubles, 6-1. The Utes needed to take both matches, and it started with winning No. 2 doubles. Linda Huang and Madison Tattini came away with a 6-4 win tying the doubles match at 1-1.
The doubles point would come down to the 54th ranked doubles team of Emily Dush and Anastasia Goncharova. They were locked in a battle with Michaela Bayerlova and Maxine Murphy, and the match was tied at 6-6, going to a tiebreaker. Dush and Goncharova won the tiebreaker 7-5, taking the match 7-6 (5) to win the doubles point for the Utes.
The match would be tied at 1-1 after the Cougars took the first singles point by winning No. 1 singles. The Utes answered back by winning the next three singles matches. The first Ute to win was Goncharova, who won in No. 4 singles. She won 6-2, 7-5, putting the Utes ahead 2-1.
Lindsay Hung followed with a hard-fought win over Maxine Murphy in No. 3 singles. Hung won the first set in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (2), followed with a 6-3 win in the second set. The win for the Utes extended the lead to 3-1. Madison Tattini clinched the win for the Utes in No. 5 singles. Tattini came away with a 6-2, 6-4 victory, winning the match for the Utes.
The Cougars would claim the final two singles wins, but the Utes came away with a 4-3 victory over Washington State.
Utah squares off with California on Friday, March 18, when they travel to Berkeley, Calif., in Pac-12 play. The match will start at 2:30 p.m. MT from the Hellman Tennis Complex.
No. 29 Utah 4 def. Washington State 3
No. 1 #54 Anastasia Goncharova/Emily Dush (UU) def. Michaela Bayerlova/Maxine Murphy (WSU) 7-6 (5)
No. 2 Linda Huang/Madison Tattini (UU) def. Yang Lee/Fifa Kumhom (WSU) 6-4
No. 3 Savanna Ly-Nguyen/Elyse Tse (WSU) def. Lindsay Hung/Madeline Lamoreaux (UU) 6-1
Order of Finish: 3,2,1
No. 1 Michaela Bayerlova (WSU) def. #97 Linda Huang (UU) 6-1, 6-0
No. 2 Savanna Ly-Nguyen (WSU) def. Emily Dush (UU) 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3
No. 3 Lindsay Hung (UU) def. Maxine Murphy (WSU) 7-6 (2), 6-3
No. 4 Anastasia Goncharova (UU) def. Fifa Kumhom (WSU) 6-2, 7-5
No. 5 Madison Tattini (UU) def. Elyse Tse (WSU) 6-2, 6-4
No. 6 Yang Lee (WSU) def. Anya Lamoreaux (UU) 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish: 1,4,3,5,2,6
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