Junior Anastasia Putilina, ranked No. 82, earned the match-clinching point in Utah's victory over Air Force.
April 8, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY- The 59th-ranked University of Utah women's tennis team (9-8, 3-0 MWC) defeated Air Force (14-8, 0-4 MWC), by a score of 6-1, Friday at the Eccles Tennis Center. Junior Anastasia Putilina, ranked No. 82, earned the match-clinching point by besting Christen Monreal 6-3, 6-4, at the No. 1 singles spot.
"This was a good conference match," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "We were without one of our best players and other players on the team stepped up and made it a good win."
In doubles play, the team Putilina and sophomore Paige Miles topped Melissa Cecil and Tahlia Smoke, 8-5, at the No. 1 position. The freshmen duo of Sarah Pham and Lucia Kovarcikova extended their run to 4-0 and secured the doubles point for Utah with their 8-5 defeat of Monreal and Anastasia Hueffner at the No. 2 spot.
In singles play, Provancha downed Hueffner 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 5 spot, while Miles bested Cassman at the No. 4 position, 6-1, 6-2, giving the Utes a 3-0 lead over the Falcons. Provancha and Miles are both on four-match winning streaks in singles.
Putilina then clinched the match at 4-0 from the No. 1 spot.
Pham defeated Smoke 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 3 position, extending her singles run to 4-0 and Utah's lead to 5-0.
Kovarcikova topped Cecil at the No. 2 spot, 6-4, 6-3, while Keller, in her first collegiate match, dropped a 6-3, 4-6, 10-7, decision to Megumi Voight at the No. 6 position, making the final score 6-1 in favor of the Utes.
#59 Utah 6, Air Force 1 Apr 08, 2011 at Salt Lake City (Eccles Tennis Center)
Doubles competition 1. Anastasia Putilina/Paige Miles (Utah) def. Melissa Cecil/Tahlia Smoke (Air Force) 8-5 2. Sarah Pham/Lucia Kovarcikova (Utah) def. Christen Monreal/Anastasia Hueffner (Air Force) 8-5 3. Hannah Dake/Sarah Cassman (Air Force) def. Lexi Provancha/Lauren Keller (Utah) 8-7
Singles competition 1. #82 Anastasia Putilina (Utah) def. Christen Monreal (Air Force) 6-3, 6-4 2. Lucia Kovarcikova (Utah) def. Melissa Cecil (Air Force) 6-4, 6-3 3. Sarah Pham (Utah) def. Tahlia Smoke (Air Force) 6-2, 6-2 4. Paige Miles (Utah) def. Sarah Cassman (Air Force) 6-1, 6-2 5. Lexi Provancha (Utah) def. Anastasia Hueffner (Air Force) 6-0, 6-0 6. Megumi Voight (Air Force) def. Lauren Keller (Utah) 6-3, 4-6, 10-7
Match Notes: Air Force 14-8, 0-4 Utah 9-8, 3-0; National ranking #59 Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,4,1,3,2,6)