Women's Tennis Heads to LA For Two Non-Conference Matches
The Utah women's tennis team stays on the road for the third week in a row as they head to Los Angeles to play Cal State Fullerton and Loyola Marymount. Utah is set to play Cal State Fullerton first on Saturday, March 26 at 12 p.m. MT. The following day the Utes will take on LMU at the same time.
#37 Utah (13-5) vs. #67 Cal State Fullerton (11-3)
DATE | TIME: Saturday, March 26 | 12 p.m. MT
LOCATION: Fullerton, Calif. | Titan Courts
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#37 Utah (13-5) vs. #21 Loyola Marymount (9-1)
DATE | TIME: Sunday, March 26 | 12 p.m. MT
LOCATION: Los Angeles, Calif. | LMU Tennis Center
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ITA NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS
The fifth computerized ITA Collegiate Tennis Division I Women's team rankings were released on March 23. 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 37th ranked team in the country. Utah is currently 13-5 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 124th in singles. Utah's double team of Emily Dush and Anastasia Goncharova are the 70th ranked doubles team.
LAST TIME OUT
Utah last played at No. 14 California and No. 24 Stanford. Utah lost the doubles point to the bears at California, with Emily Dush / Anastasia Goncharova and Madeline Lamoreaux / Lindsay Hung being defeated 6-0 and 6-2, respectively. Linda Huang and Madison Tattini were tied 3-3 with their opponents, but the match was unfinished.
All matches were played out in singles, but Cal was able to clinch the match in the first three singles finishes. Huang finished first against Bear, Haley Giavara 6-3, 6-1. Following closely behind her, Anya Lamoreaux lost to Erin Richardson 6-1, 6-4. Cal gained the match point after Hung was defeated by Katja Wiersholm, 6-0, 6-1.
Against Stanford, Utah was once again unable to take the singles point. Both Dush/ Goncharova and A. Lamoreaux/ Hersh were defeated 6-3.
Both teams opted to play out all six singles matches, but Stanford took the match after the third finish. Huang was defeated first by the 11th ranked Connie Ma, 6-0, 6-2. Dush lost to Alexandra Yepidanova,6-0, 6-2. Stanford came away with the win against M. Lamoreaux after she lost 6-1, 6-2.
This weekend, the Utes continue its tough stretch of matches. They will take on two ranked teams in Cal State Fullerton (No. 67) and Loyola Marymount (No. 21). Utah has faced a ranked opponent in five of their last six matches entering this weekend.
SCOUTING CAL STATE FULLERTON
Cal State Fullerton is currently ranked 67 in the ITA. They have won 11 of their 14 matches. The Titans have won their last six matches and are 7-2 when playing at home this season. Last Saturday, the Titans hosted the Rams of Colorado State and came away with a 4-3 victory over the Rams. Cal State Fullerton has not lost a match in March. Two weeks ago, Eira Tobrand was named The Big West women's tennis player of the week. She went 6-0 in three matches.
Loyola Marymount is currently 21st in the ITA rankings. They have won nine of their ten matches this season. They have won their last eight matches after falling to Southern Cal on Jan. 22. LMU is set to play No. 5 Pepperdine in a West Coast Conference match on Saturday before facing the Utes. On Tuesday, the Lions faced DePaul and came away with a 4-0 victory. Loyola Marymount is led in singles by Veronika Miroshnichenko, who is 6-1 on the year playing the No. 1 position. The Lions are 28-12 in singles matches this spring as a team. The Lions have only dropped the doubles point three times this season, with the last coming against Penn on March 13.
LAST TIME VS CAL STATE FULLERTON AND LMU
Saturday will be the first-ever matchup between Cal State Fullerton and the Utes. Utah hasn't played LMU since Feb. 16, 2020.
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 will be coming home for the first time since March 6 to play a conference match against Oregon on Friday, April 1 at 1:30 p.m. MT.
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