The Utes enter the tournament with the No. 1 singles and doubles seeds.
Former Ute All-American Ruth Ann Allen enters her 14th year as the assistant coach for the women's tennis program.She is in the midst of her third stint in this position, having previously served as Utah's assistant coach for two separate four-year periods.
During her four-year playing career at Utah, the former Ruth Ann Stevens garnered several honors. She was an All-American in 1992 and earned all-conference honors every year she played (1989-92). With doubles partner Lisa Salvatierra, she ranked 12th nationally and was the No. 5 seed at the 1992 NCAA Championships. With partner Allison Bradford in 1991, she was ranked as high as No.2 nationally. The Utah native was a three-time NCAA qualifier. Allen was inducted into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame in 2005.
Allen is a certified USPTA teaching pro and worked as an assistant pro for over 10 years at the Snowbird Canyon Racquet Club. In addition to her duties with the Utes, she is currently teaching tennis at Eccles Tennis Center. During her previous stop at the U., she coached former Utes Allison Bradford and Mirja Wallmark to top-100 rankings in the NCAA.
Allen lives in her hometown of Salt Lake City. She is married to Jason Allen and has three children, Calvin, Anna and Roxy.