In doubles play, the duo of senior Anastasia Putilina and sophomore Callie Craig upset the 35th-ranked team of Natasha Marks and Lacey Smyth 8-6 at the No. 1 position. At the No. 2 spot, freshmen Danielle Flores and Natasha Smith fell to Sarah Landsman and Hailey Johnson 9-8(1). The sophomore duo of Sarah Pham and Lucia Kovarcikova then dropped an 8-6 decision to Kim Stubbe and Susan Mc Rann at the No. 3 position, giving Arizona the doubles point.
In singles play, Flores fell to Landsman 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 4 spot, while Pham dropped a 6-1, 6-3, decision to 82nd-ranked Marks at the No. 2 position. Smith then fell to Laura Oldham at the No. 6 spot 6-0, 6-4, giving the Wildcats the win at 4-0.
At the No. 5 position, Kovarcikova dropped a 6-2, 3-6, 10-8, decision to Mc Rann, while Craig fell to Stubbe 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 3 position. Putilina, ranked No. 47, then dropped a 7-6, 6-3, decision to 66th-ranked Smyth at the No. 1 spot.
USU MEN'S TENNIS: At Logan, plagued by minor injuries and illnesses, the Aggies (4-11, 0-3) fell 7-0 to Western Athletic Conference foe Hawai'i (6-11, 3-1).
Things got off to rough start with the team getting swept in doubles play. Junior Sven Poslusny and freshman Marcus Fritz were taken down by Hawai'i's Jonathan Brooklyn and Dmytro Kovalyov, (8-5), while sophomore Andrew Whiting and his brother, junior Lenny Whiting fell to Charlie Rice and Chas Okamoto, (8-6). Senior Nate Ballam and freshman Matt Sweet wrapped up doubles action, falling to Nils Schuhmann and Danilo Casanova, (8-6).
In singles competition, Poslusny led the team from the No. 1 position, but was taken down by Brooklyn through a super tie-breaker, (7-5, 3-6, 10-7), while Fritz fell to Kovalyov, (6-0, 6-1). With Sweet out with a wrist injury, Whiting moved up to the No. 3 position. He fell to Schuhmann, (6-0, 6-1), while freshman Curran Wearmouth was defeated by Jared Spiker, (6-2, 6-3). Playing in just his second match of the spring season, sophomore Brandon Nielsen wrapped up the match, falling to Casanova, (6-0, 6-3).
SUU WOMEN'S TENNIS: At Indianapolis, Southern Utah split a pair of matches, but the win was a big one as the Thunderbirds posted a 4-3 win over South Dakota State in the regular-season finale to claim the fourth spot in The Summit League tournament.
SUU lost a 4-0 decision to league-leading Oral Roberts in a morning match. After the Golden Eagles won the doubles point the coaches agreed to play only until the match was decided, which wound up being a sound strategy for the Thunderbirds, who had the critical match with South Dakota State slated for the afternoon.
Oral Roberts 4, Southern Utah 0
1. Iryna Khatsko (ORU) def. Ksusha Johnson (SUU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Alex Ivanova (SUU) led Lina Semenova (ORU) 3-1
3. Olia Tatarchenko (SUU) led Haley Martin (ORU) 6-4, 4-3
4. Kristin Gray (ORU) and Lisa Pleskan (SUU) DNP
5. Marizanne Bouwer (ORU) def. Afton Staheli (SUU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Tori Dollar (ORU) won by default
1. Martin/Semenova (ORU) led Ivanova/Tatarchenko (SUU) 4-3
2. Khatsko/Gray (ORU) def. Johnson/Pleskan (SUU) 8-1
3. Bouwer/Dollar (ORU) won by default
Southern Utah 4, South Dakota State University 3
1. Ksusha Johnson (SUU) def. Bryna Nasenbeny (SDSUW) 6-4, 6-2
2. Alex Ivanova (SUU) def. Jenny Blackburne (SDSUW) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
3. Olia Tatarchenko (SUU) def. Brooke Henry (SDSUW) 6-0, 6-3
4. Megan McDougall (SDSUW) def. Lisa Pleskan (SUU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
5. Natalia Medina (SDSUW) def. Afton Staheli (SUU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
6. Anna Botzet (SDSUW) def. No player (SUU), by default
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