Senior Cinthia Saucedo clinched the 4-3 victory for the Utes against No. 70 Rice on Tuesday.
March 7, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah women's tennis slammed a big win over No. 70 Rice University on Tuesday at Eccles Tennis. The Utes took the match 4-3 over the Owls, to push their season record to 6-4.
It was an epic battle in doubles play on Wednesday between the Utes and Owls. At the No. 1 slot, Emily Kwok and Cheyenne Reveche played Dominique Karas and Julie Chao from the Owls for a 9-8 (9-7) hard fought win. Ute duo Elizabeth Ferris and Leigh Walsh found themselves in a similar situation, but also prevailed 9-8 (7-4) over Tiffany Lee and Christine Dao from Rice. Finishing out doubles play, Karine Bourdages and Andrea Maughan defeated Rebecca Lin and Emily Braid for a powerful 8-3 win.
In singles play, the Rice Owls stepped up their game against the Utes. Ferris represented the Utes at the No. 1 slot against Julie Chao from Rice for a 6-3, 6-4 straight-set win. Kwok played Christine Dao at the No. 2 slot. Kwok edged ahead in the first set to take it 7-5, but had no trouble at all pulling out a win in the second set for a 7-5, 6-1 win to nudge the Utes to a 3-0 advantage.
At the No. 3 slot, Walsh put up a big fight against Tiffany Lee, but was unable to tame the Owl. Lee took the match 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) over Walsh. Reveche represented the Utes at the No. 4 slot against Dominique Karas from the Owls. The two battled hard in the first set ending in a 7-6 (7-4) win in Karas' favor. The Owl continued her stride to overcome Reveche and take the second set and match at 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.
At the No. 5 slot, Jessica Carter took on Rebecca Lin from the Owls. Lin dominated the Ute freshman 6-1, 6-1 to tie up the overall match 3-3. Senior Cinthia Saucedo was the last one on the courts, facing Emily Braid from Rice. Saucedo slid by in the first set to take it 7-6 (10-8), and continued to dominate during the second set. The Ute clinched the overall victory with her 7-6 (10-8), 6-1 match win.
Utah 4, #70 Rice 3 Doubles: 1. Emily Kwok/Cheyenne Reveche (Utah) def. Dominique Karas/Julie Chao (Rice); 9-8 (9-7) 2. Elizabeth Ferris/ Leigh Walsh (Utah) def. Tiffany Lee/Christine Dao (Rice); 9-8 (7-4) 3. Karine Bourdages/Andrea Maughan (Utah) def. Rebecca Lin/Emily Braid (Rice); 8-3
Singles: 1. Elizabeth Ferris (Utah) def. Julie Chao (Rice); 6-3, 6-4 2. Emily Kwok (Utah) def. Christine Dao (Rice); 7-5, 6-1 3. Tiffany Lee (Rice) def. Leigh Walsh (Utah); 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) 4. Dominique Karas (Rice) def. Cheyenne Reveche (Utah); 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 5. Rebecca Lin (Rice) def. Jessica Carter (Utah); 6-1, 6-1 6. Cinthia Saucedo (Utah) def. Emily Braid (Rice); 7-6 (10-8), 6-1