NCAA Womens Tennis

Utah Falls 5-2 to Stanford Sunday

Brigham Young

SALT LAKE CITY —  The University of Utah Women’s tennis fell to the #13 Stanford Cardinal on Sunday afternoon, 5-2. 

“We executed really well in the doubles point but unfortunately did not capitalize on it the way we needed to,” said head coach Ric Mortera. “Credit to Stanford for the way they came out in the early going of singles. We will reflect on this and get better.”

Utah started the day off splitting doubles with Stanford. Anastasia Goncharova and Madison Tattini defeated Cardinal duo, Angelica Blake and Alexis Blokhina, 6-2 on court one. Kaila Barksdale and Marcela Lopez lost their first match of the season against Connie Ma and Valencia Xu, 6-3, leaving the doubles decision to court two. The Utes were able to take the point with Katya Townsend and Samantha Horwood beating out Sara Choy and Alex Yepifanova, 6-4. 

Utah was unable to keep their luck going in singles as Townsend lost to #5 Ma, 6-1, 6-0. Goncharova was also beaten in her match against Sara Choy, 6-0, 6-1. Barksdale was able to hold #25 Yepifanova on court two in the second set, but eventually was defeated, 6-1, 7-5. Horwood kept Utah’s chances alive in sixth singles with her victory over Emma Sun, 6-1, 7-5. Ultimately, Stanford clinched the match on court three when Tattini lost to #20 Blake, 6-4, 6-2. The Cardinal were able to earn their final point in the number four spot to close out the match.  


Utah Women’s Tennis will be headed south to take on the BYU Cougars on Saturday, March 11 at 2:30 p.m in Provo.

13 Stanford 5, #56 University of Utah 2


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