Campus briefs

Published: Sunday, March 4 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Hamza then topped Andrew Betttles at the third slot, 6-3, 6-2.

Utah hits the road for a trio of road matches next weekend. The team faces Denver and Sacramento State at Denver, followed by Air Force in Colorado Springs.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: At Boise, the 33rd-ranked University of Utah women's tennis team (7-3) topped Boise State (5-4) 5-2 Saturday, in Boise, Idaho. Freshman Danielle Flores earned the match-clinching point by besting Manuela Pietzuch 6-3, 6-3, at the No. 4 singles spot.

"This was a hard-fought win in a challenging environment," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "It was nice to win a doubles point."

In doubles play, the team of sophomore Sarah Pham and freshman Sammie Watson downed Sonia Klamczynska and Kaitlyn Brown 8-4, at the No. 3 position. At the No. 2 spot, Flores and freshman Natasha Smith dropped an 8-5 decision to Morgan Basil and Sandy Vo.

The duo of senior Anastasia Putilina and sophomore Callie Craig then captured the doubles point for the Utes by topping Marlena Pietzuch and Manuela Pietzuch 8-5, at the No. 1 position.

In singles play, Watson downed Brown 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 6 spot, to give Utah a 2-0 lead over Boise State.

Smith bested Basil at the No. 5 position, 6-0, 6-4, to put the Utes up 3-0 over the Broncos.

Flores then clinched the match for Utah at 4-0 from the No. 4 spot, also extending her singles run to 8-0.

Putilina, ranked No. 62, extended her singles winning-streak to 8-0 when she topped Klamczynska 7-5, 1-6, 10-8, at the No. 1 spot, to put the Utes up 5-0.

Pham then dropped a 7-5, 0-6, 10-8, decision to Mar. Pietzuch at the No. 2 spot, while Craig fell to Vo 7-6(6), 6-0, at the No. 3 spot, to make the final score 5-2 in favor of Utah.

The Utes return to action next weekend when they host 11th-ranked Stanford and seventh-ranked Cal in their inaugural Pac-12 home matches.


WOMEN'S TENNIS: At Dallas, the Cougars wrapped up their trip to Texas with a 4-3 win over No. 75 Southern Methodist University on Saturday.

"I think we ended the trip really well," said BYU coach Lauren Jones-Spencer. "We had a few tough matches but we turned it around today. The girls had a good attitude and we stayed positive and trusted our game. SMU is a good team and it's a great win for us."

The Cougars (3-7) snapped a five-match losing streak with the win over the Mustangs (1-7). The victory was BYU's first over a ranked team this season.

The Cougars jumped out early, taking the doubles point with wins on courts 1 and 2. Playing together for the first time this spring, senior Megan Price and sophomore Desiree Tran teamed up at the No. 1 doubles position to defeat Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer, 8-2. Freshmen Meghan Sheehan-Dizon and Morgan Anderson took an 8-4 decision over Ashley Turpin and Elena Fayner on Court 2 to capture the doubles point for BYU.

In singles, SMU's No. 60 Cieplucha topped Tran at the No. 1 singles position, 6-1, 6-1. BYU answered with its own singles win on Court 5, where Paul held Perri Anderson to three games, taking the match, 6-2, 6-1.

In another back-and-forth exchange, the Mustangs took a 6-3, 6-1 decision over Waldron on Court 6 before BYU's Sheehan-Dizon defeated Turpin, 6-1, 6-3.

Playing at the No. 2 singles position, Anderson secured the match for the Cougars with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Fayner.

BYU continues its matches on the road in Boise when it takes on University of Texas, Arlington on March 9 and Boise State on March 10.

BYU – 4

No. 75 SMU – 3

Singles competition

1. No. 60 Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) def. Desiree Tran (BYU), 6-1, 6-1

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