SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah women’s tennis team picked up a 7-0 win in their season opener today against the Idaho State Bengals. The Utes are currently undefeated with a 3-0 record.
Utah opened its afternoon with doubles. Finishing first on court two, Katya Townsend and Samantha Horwood beat the Idaho State team, Hana Cho and Leah Kuruvilla, 6-4. Following closely behind them, Anastasia Goncharova and Madison Tattini clinched the doubles point against Bengals, Lola and Sol O’Lideadha, 6-4. Marcela Lopez and Katya Hersh made up a three-game deficit to tie up the match 4-4. From there, they took the match into tie-breakers where they defeated their opponents, Megan Lang-Gould and Sydney Morris, 7(7)-6(3).
Kaila Barksdale finished first in singles against L. O’Lideadha, winning 6-3, 6-0. Lopez won her match against Kuruvilla, 7-5, 6-1. Clinching the match for the Utes, Goncharova beat S. O’Lideadha with matching set scores of 6-3. Tattini followed closely behind her with her victory against Lang-Gould, 6-3, 6-4. Horwood took her match against Morris to a third set and won, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. After a long and tough match, Townsend took her third set against Cho into a tie-breaker where she clinched the match, 6-4, 6-2. 7(7)-6(4).
Utah women’s tennis will hit the road for the second time this season for the ITA Kickoff in Chapel Hill, NC on Jan 27-28.