77th-ranked junior Anastasia Putilina upset 24th-ranked Mary Anne Macfarlane in the Utes' 4-2 loss to Alabama.
March 19, 2011
Utes Travel to No. 2 Stanford Before Hosting No. 54 Oregon...
The 71st-ranked University of Utah women's tennis team (5-7) returns to action, after a nearly four-week break, against two Pac-10 opponents in its final non-conference matches of the season. The Utes travel to second-ranked Stanford (13-0, 2-0 Pac-10) March 21, before hosting 54th-ranked Oregon (7-6, 1-4 Pac-10) March 23.
"It doesn't get any better than playing Stanford at Stanford and we will be ready," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "The turnaround with a very good Oregon team will be a challenge we need going into Mountain West Conference play."
The Utes face No. 2 Stanford Monday at 2 p.m. PT in Palo Alto, Calif., before taking on No. 54 Oregon at 1 p.m. MT at the Eccles Tennis Center. Live Scoring will be available for Utah's match against Stanford at www.gostanford.com or by following the link above.
Scouting Stanford and the Ducks...
Stanford is coming off a two-week break in action before which it netted a pair of 5-2 wins over San Francisco and sixth-ranked California. Stanford has not lost at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium in twelve years.
Oregon is coming off a 4-3 upset over conference opponent 20th-ranked Washington March 11 and will face 58th-ranked Boise State Monday before heading to Salt Lake City.
Last time out at the Blue Gray Invitational...
Before their four-week break, the Utes competed in the Blue Gray Invitational in Montgomery, Ala. This was the first year women competed in the event and Utah was one of eight women's teams invited to participate.
On the first day of the Blue Gray Invitational the Utes dropped a 4-0 decision to 19th-ranked Notre Dame.
On day two of the event, 77th-ranked junior Anastasia Putilina captured an upset over 24th-ranked Mary Anne Macfarlane at the No. 1 singles spot, while freshman Sarah Pham bested 91st-ranked Courtney McLane at the No. 3 position, in Utah's 4-2 loss over 36th-ranked Alabama.
The Utes snapped their four-match skid with a 4-1 win over 64th-ranked Auburn on day three of the tournament. After capturing the doubles point, Utah went 3-1 in singles for the win. Putilina and senior Evgenia Kryuchkova each netted a singles win, setting up sophomore Paige Miles to earned the match-clinching point for the Utes from the No. 5 spot.
Utes Hope to Carry Championship Momentum...
The Utes, led by the 2010 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year Mat Iandolo, became the MWC regular season champions after going 8-0 against conference opponents. This was the first conference title for Utah since 1983. The Utes also went undefeated at home (9-0) for the first time in the history of the program. In April the team cracked the ITA top-40, which was its highest late-season ranking in nearly two decades.