Junior Anastasia Putilina netted an ITA pre-season ranking of #67
Sept. 13, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY- The University of Utah women's tennis team opens fall tournament play Friday at the University of Virginia Fall Invitational. The Utes will face opponents from Wake Forest, North Carolina State, Marshall, William & Mary, and Virginia September throughout the three-day tournament.
"We are looking forward to playing in the invitational at Virginia," said head coach Mat Iandolo. " It is going to be a great competition and it will give us a good indication of where were we stand as a team."
The Utes have played in the Cavaliers Winter Invite but this weekend marks their first appearance in the Fall Invitational.
Putilina, Miles Break Into ITA Top 100... Junior Anastasia Putilina and sophomore Paige Miles have cracked the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) pre-season rankings. Putilina earned her listing in both singles and doubles play, while Miles joins her in the doubles rankings.
"We are pleased to have a singles player and doubles team in the rankings," stated Iandolo. "It says a lot about our program. Our goal this year is to have more players break into the rankings and have the already ranked ones move up. Overall though, the team rankings are more important than the individual rankings."
Putilina and Miles earned a No. 33 pre-season ranking in doubles, after finishing at No. 81 in last year's final rankings.
Putilina came in at No. 67 in the singles rankings. She finished last year at No. 99.
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.
Four Utes Return From Title Team... Senior Evgenia Kryuchkova returns after compiling an overall singles record of 26-14, including going 8-0 against conference opponents during the 2009-10 season. The Ute also posted a doubles record of 22-13. Last year the Zhukovsky, Russia native earned Mountain West Conference player of the week accolades and was named to the All-MWC team for singles.
Junior Anastasia Putilina netted a singles record of 17-12 as well as an 18-12 record in doubles. The Belgorod, Russia native broke into the ITA rankings for the first time after pulling upsets over other ranked players, including two in the top-50. The Ute was named to the All-MWC team for singles and doubles, earned MWC player of the week honors and was named the ITA Mountain Region's 2010 player to watch.
Junior Missy Harris ended the year with a 15-6 record in singles and a 7-7 doubles record. The Ute won the flight-C title at the Air Force Invitational in the fall after transferring to Utah her sophomore year from Montana State.
Sophomore Paige Miles accrued a 19-16 singles record and a doubles record of 19-14. The Salt Lake City native clinched two huge upsets over top-30 ranked teams that helped the Utes break into the ITA top-40. The Ute earned MWC player of the week honors, was named to the All-MWC team for doubles, and was named the ITA Mountain Region's Rookie of the Year.