Women's Tennis Returns Home to Host No. 36 Oregon
The Utah women's tennis team returns to the George S. Eccles Tennis Center courts this Friday afternoon after being on the road for three weeks. Utah squares off the Oregon Ducks at 1:30 p.m. MT. The Utes are 20-6 when playing at home over the last three seasons.
#46 Utah (13-7, 2-4 Pac-12) vs. #36 Oregon (11-5, 3-3 Pac-12)
DATE | TIME: Friday, April 1 | 1:30 p.m. MT
LOCATION: Salt Lake City, Utah | George S. Eccles Tennis Center
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ITA NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS
The sixth computerized ITA Collegiate Tennis Division I Women's team rankings were released on March 30. 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 46th ranked team.
ITA PLAYER RANKINGS
The ITA Division I Women's Rankings came out last Wednesday. The Utes found that Linda Huang is ranked 124th in singles. Utah's double team of Emily Dush and Anastasia Goncharova is the 70th ranked doubles team.
LAST TIME OUT
The Utes took to the court last Sunday when they played Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles.
At LMU, Emily Dush and Madeline Lamoreaux were able to win their doubles match,6-1. Linda Huang and Madison Tattini were defeated 6-2 by the Loyola Marymount team of Wiktoria Rutkowska and Isabella Tcherkes-Za. The Lions were able to take the doubles point when Linda Hung and Anya Lamoreaux were defeated, 6-2.
In singles, Hung was defeated 6-2 in the first set but almost made a comeback in the second set, losing 7-5. Following closely behind her, Huang matched the Lions Veronika Miroshniche game for game in the first set, sending it to a 7-point tiebreaker where she was defeated. Huang lost the match in the second set, 6-2. Closing out the match, Dush was defeated, 7-5, 6-2. All other matches were left unfinished, but the Utes had won the first set on two courts.
This weekend, the Utes continue its tough stretch of matches. This week they square off with No. 36 Oregon. Eight of the last nine matches for Utah have been against ranked teams. Utah defeated then-No. 21 USC, 4-2, to start this stretch.
Oregon is currently 36h in the latest ITA team rankings. Oregon enters the weekend with a record of 11-5 on the season and 3-3 in Pac-12 play. The Ducks will take on BYU on Thursday before facing the Utes. The Ducks have been led by the true freshman duo of Sophie Luescher and Karin Young. Luescher has spent the entire dual season at the No. 1 spot and is 9-6 in singles play during the dual season. Young joined the team in January and is 13-1, highlighted by an active streak of 12 straight singles victories. Getting off to a good start has been important for Oregon throughout the first half of the season. The Ducks are 10-1 when winning the opening point and 1-4 when falling in doubles. Oregon has no singles or doubles teams ranked in the ITA rankings.
LAST YEAR VS OREGON
Last season, the Utes played the Ducks twice, once during the regular season and once in the Pac-12 Tournament. The Utes went to Eugene during the regular season and fell to the Ducks, 4-3.
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 returns to the courts on Friday, April 8, when they host Arizona in Pac-12 action. The match will start at 1:30 p.m. MT.
FOLLOW THE UTES!
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