SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah women’s tennis program earned its first two wins of the season against Montana State and Utah Tech Friday afternoon. The Utes defeated the Bobcats 7-0 and the Trailblazers 7-0, sweeping the season-opening doubleheader.
“Productive first day for the group. With so many new players it was great to see how well the group worked together. We still have plenty to work on but a lot of positives to take from the day overall. We look forward to having a good practice in the morning to get some stuff cleaned up and preparing for another opportunity Sunday.”
Utah 7, Montana State 0
The Utes kicked off the season by grabbing the doubles point advantage. Ana Cruz and Marcela Lopez partnered up to claim the first doubles victory against the Bobcats’ Hudson Hawkins and Mar Garcia-Reboredo, 6-1 in the No. 1 spot. Pairing up in the No. 3 spot, Kat Lyman and Sara Akid clinched the doubles point advantage with a 6-2 win over Montana State’s Andrea Cuquerella and Meg McCarty. Emma Kamper and Yuhan Liu battled in the No. 2 spot, but succumbed to Bobcat duo, Felicia Jayasaputra and Jazmin Lermin 4-6.
Kaila Barksdale claimed the first Utes’ singles victory, collecting a 6-0, 6-0 sweep over Montana State’s Paula Dougherty in the No. 2 spot. Lopez posted the second singles victory over Garcia-Reboredo 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 1 spot. Liu grabbed a win in the No. 3 spot, topping McCarty 6-3, 6-0. Putting up the fourth…