Junior Sarah Pham captured her second upset of the season.
April 13, 2013
HOUSTON - The 54th-ranked University of Utah women's tennis team (10-8, 4-5 Pac-12) suffered a hard-fought 4-3 loss to the 20th-ranked Rice Owls (17-4, 2-1 Conference USA) Saturday at the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium. The Utes captured singles victories from the Nos. 2, 3, and 6 positions.
After the Utes dropped the doubles point, the Owls went up 2-0 when No. 85 sophomore Tereza Bekerova was bested by No. 41 Natalie Beazant, 6-3, 6-2, at the top spot.
Junior Sarah Pham then earned her second upset of the season, topping No. 76 Dominique Harmath at the No. 2 position, 6-3, 6-2, posting Utah's first point of the match.
Rice then went up 3-1 when junior Lucia Kovarcikova fell to Kimberly Anicete at the No. 5 spot, 6-4, 6-1. Sophomore Natasha Smith then dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision to Katie Gater at the No. 4 slot, giving the Owls the match deciding point.
At the No. 6 position, junior Paige Miles then captured Utah's first point when she defeated Solomiya Zinko, 6-3, 4-5, before the match was retired.
Junior Callie Craig then netted a tight 6-3, 2-6, 12-10 victory at the third slot over Liat Zimmermann, making the final score 4-3.
In doubles action, 32nd-ranked Bekerova and Miles fell to 24th-ranked Beazant and Harmath at the No. 1 spot, 8-4. Craig and Pham then bested Daniela Trigo and Zinko at the No. 3 position, 8-3, setting up the second slot to clinch the doubles point.
Junior Elena Najera-Salas and Smith were then unable to net the point as they fell to Gater and Zimmermann, 8-4.
Utah returns to action next weekend in Colorado against No. 57 Denver and Colorado for its final matches of the regular season.
#20 Rice 4, #54 Utah 3 Singles 1. #41 Natalie Beazant (RICE) def. #85 Tereza Bekerova (UTAH) 6-3, 6-2 2. Sarah Pham (UTAH) def. #76 Dominique Harmath (RICE) 6-3, 6-2 3. Callie Craig (UTAH) def. Liat Zimmermann (RICE) 6-3, 2-6, 12-10 4. Katie Gater (RICE) def. Natasha Smith (UTAH) 6-4, 6-1 5. Kimberly Anicete (RICE) def. Lucia Kovarcikova (UTAH) 6-4, 6-1 6. Paige Miles (UTAH) def. Solomiya Zinko (RICE) 6-3, 4-5, retired Order of Finish: 1,2,5,4,6,3
Doubles 1. #24 Beazant/Harmath (RICE) def. #32 Bekerova/Miles (UTAH) 8-4 2. Gater/Zimmermann (RICE) def. Elena Najera-Salas/Smith (UTAH) 8-4 3. Pham/Craig (UTAH) def. Daniela Trigo/Zinko (RICE) 8-3 Order of Finish: 1,3,2