SALT LAKE CITY- The No. 43-ranked Utah women's tennis team (4-4) defeated Nevada (1-3), 5-2, Sunday, at the Eccles Tennis Center. Clinching the match for the Utes was senior Leigh Walsh at the No. 4 position, defeating Maria Mizyuk, 7-6, 6-4.
"This match felt like a win over a ranked team," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "Though they are not ranked, they are every bit as good as a team in the top 75.
"I cannot say enough about the maturity level Leigh has been showing," Iandolo continued. "This is the second big match in a row that she has come up with the clinching point and Anastasia is developing into one of the best freshman players in the country."
In doubles play Juniors Erin Monson and Andrea Maughan at the No. 1 position topped Florence De Vrye and Lais Ogata, 8-5. Freshmen Anastasia Putilina and Lisa Johnson fell to Caroline Bailly and Mizyuk at the No. 2 spot, 8-2.Walsh and fellow senior Karine Bourdages clinched the doubles point for Utah from the No. 3 position, defeating Caroline Stevens and Aodhnait Lombard, 8-5.
In singles play Putilina at the No. 1 position defeated De Vrye, 6-2, 6-1. Provancha topped Lombard at the No. 5 spot 6-1, 6-1, putting the Utes up 3-0 over the Wolf Pack.
Monson fell to Bailly at the No. 2 position, 6-0, 6-3, cutting Utah's lead to 3-1. Walsh then clinched the match for the Utes with her win from the fourth spot.
Bourdages played a three set match at the No. 6 position, falling in the first set 6-1, but battling back to win the next two 6-2, 6-2. Johnson was unable to overcome Ogata at the No. 3 spot, winning the first set 6-4, but falling in the second, 7-6, and the super tie-breaker, 10-5.
The Utes will take a break from competition before heading to the San Diego Dual Tournament, March 18-20.