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Women's Tennis Heads to the Bay Area for Two Ranked Matches

Mar 17, 2022

FIRST SERVE
This week, Utah Women's tennis team remains on the road as they prepare to play another two Pac-12 competitors this upcoming weekend of March 18 and 20. Utah will head to the Bay Area to play #14 California on March 18 at 2:30 p.m. MT. They will then go head to head with Stanford on Sunday, March 20, to play the Cardinal at 1 p.m. MT. 
 

MATCH INFORMATION
#32 Utah (13-3, 2-2 Pac-12) vs. #14 California (7-5, 1-0 Pac-12)
DATE | TIME: Friday, March 18 | 2:30 p.m. MT
LOCATION: Berkeley, Calif. | Hellman Tennis Complex
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MATCH INFORMATION
#32 Utah (13-3, 2-2 Pac-12) vs. #24 Stanford (7-2, 1-0 Pac-12)
DATE | TIME: Sunday, March 20 | 1 p.m. MT
LOCATION: Stanford, Calif. | Taube Tennis Center
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TWITTER UPDATES: @UteWomensTennis
 

 ITA NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS
The fourth computerized ITA Collegiate Tennis Division I Women's team rankings were released on March 16. 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 32nd ranked team in the country. Utah is currently 13-3 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 come out on Tuesday, March 22.
 
LAST TIME OUT 
Utah started their weekend against 17th ranked Washington on Friday, March 11. In doubles, Lindsay Hung and Madeline Lamoreaux defeated the Washington Huskies team of Yolanda Lin / Kelly Leung, 6-2. The doubles point was left to Linda Huang and Madison Tattini after Emily Dush, and Anastasia Goncharova were defeated, 3-6. The Utes took the match all the way to a 7-point tiebreaker and were narrowly defeated, 7-6 (5).
 
In the second singles, Dush was defeated by Sara-Maude Fortin, 6-4, 6-0. Hung was also defeated by Nika Zupancic, 3-6, 1-6. Washington clinched the match when Tattini lost to her opponent Kelly Leung, 6-3, 6-3. The rest of the matches were left unfinished
 
Utah moved on from their loss against Washington to play Washington State the following Sunday. Utah clinched the doubles point with Tattini and Huang defeating their opponents, 6-4, and Dush and Goncharova winning their match in a 7-point tiebreaker, 7(7)-6(5).
 
Goncharova came away with the first singles point for the Utes, defeating Fifa Kumhom, 6-2, 7-5. Hung finished right after her against Cougar Maxine Murphy, winning 7-6 (2). Winning the last singles point, the Utes needed to clinch the match, and Tattini won against WSU opponent Elyse Tse, 6-2, 6-4. The Utes were defeated in the rest of the matches but won 4-3. 
  
SCOUTING CALIFORNIA
California is currently ranked 14th in the ITA, and they have won seven of their 12 matches. California has two ranked singles players, Jessica Alsola (#53) and Haley Giavara (#103), and three ranked doubles teams, Haley Giavara / Valentina Ivanov (#37), Jessica Alsola / Erin Richardson (#46), and Jessica Alsola / Katja Wiersholm (#47). Alsola is 24-5 this season with the Bears, which is the most wins. She was named the Pac-12 Women's Tennis Player of the Week last week. The Bears have won seven of its 12 double points in dual matches. 
 
SCOUTING STANFORD
Stanford is currently 24th in the ITA rankings. They have won seven of their nine matches this season. Stanford has three ranked players, Connie Ma (#11), Alexandra Yepifanova (#14), and Valencia Xu (#86), and one ranked doubles team, Angelica Blake / Connie Ma (#7). The Cardinal saw their five-match winning streak ended on Sunday when they lost No. 6 Pepperdine.  
 
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.
 
UP NEXT 
Utah stays in California next weekend as they head to Los Angeles to play Cal State Fullerton on Friday, March 25, and Loyola Marymount on Sunday, March 27.
 
FOLLOW THE UTES!
Fans can follow along during the 2022 season on social media (Twitter: @UteWomensTennis | Instagram: @UtahWomensTennis | Facebook: Facebook.com/Utahwomenstennis).