Evgenia Kryuchkova will compete in the Northwestern Invitational this weekend along with seven of her teammates.
Jan. 9, 2008
The University of Utah women's tennis team will head to Evanston, Ill. for the Northwestern Invitational this weekend. The tournament will run from Jan. 11-13. Teams competing include Western Michigan, DePaul, Northwestern University and the University of Utah. The doubles competition will begin at 3:30 p.m. EST on Friday, followed by singles play at 6:30 p.m.
The Utes will be represented by Elizabeth Ferris, Evgenia Kryuchkova, Emily Kwok, Erin Monson, Leigh Walsh, Karine Bourdages, Andrea Maughan and Dee-Dee Nelson during the tournament this weekend. Cheyenne Reveche and Tamarin Espinoza are currently battling through injuries.
The University of Utah last played in the ASU Invitational on Nov. 2-4, 2007. Kryuchkova played into the quarterfinals in the back-draw of the main draw competition. The true freshman fell to Claire Ilcinkas from the University of California 6-0, 6-1. In the consolation semifinals, Ferris defeated Lindsey Howard of Michigan 2-6, 6-2, 6-1. Early in the ASU Invitational doubles competition, Ferris and Walsh teamed up to dominate Tanvi Dudhela and Kari Wig of Michigan with an 8-0 sweep.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION:
Northwestern University has several high level players on their squad this season. The ITA released their latest national rankings on Tuesday, giving five of Northwestern's players top 100 rankings; three of which are in the top 25. Maria Mosolava (Fr.) is ranked No. 2, Georgia Rule (Jr.) is ranked No. 9, and Samantha Murray (So.) is currently ranked No. 20 in the nation.
From the Big East Conference, DePaul is set to compete in the tournament. The squad was last seen in the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional Tournament in Oct. 2007. Dunja Antunovic played into the round of 16 of the tournament, falling to Kali Krisik of Notre Dame 7-6(4), 6-4.
QUOTE FROM HEAD COACH Mat Iandolo:
"It's going to be great competition. Northwestern is one of the top programs in the country right now. Western Michigan and DePaul are good as well. We will be getting some good experience early on without the possibility of hurting our team record. Another plus, is it will be good for us to play at sea level since we don't get that opportunity a lot."