Utah State women's tennis fell at UT Arlington, 5-2, in its Western Athletic Conference opener Saturday as USU is now 4-6 on the season, including an 0-1 mark in league play.
In singles action, sophomore McKenzie Davis posted a straight sets win at the No. 1 spot (6-3, 6-0), while senior Jaci West won in straight sets at the No. 2 spot (6-4, 6-4). Senior Julie Tukuafu was defeated by Brook Dennis in the third position in three sets (3-6, 6-2, 6-3). At the No. 4 spot, freshman Kallie Sperry fell to Elizabeth Thoms in straight sets (7-5, 6-0). At the No. 5 spot, sophomore Hillary Hays was taken down by Verena Scott in straight sets (6-2, 6-2). And at the No. 6 spot, Liucija Smaizyte defeated freshman Amber Stuhlmann in straight sets (6-1, 6-1).
In doubles play, Sperry and senior Kristina Voytsekhovich were defeated by Scott and D'Ortona, 8-2, at the second position, while Hays and Tukuafu were taken down by Dikosavljevic and Christine Foote, 8-3, at the third position giving the Mavericks the doubles point. Davis and West's match at the first position was left unfinished.
Utah State will stay on the road next weekend as it travels to Ruston, La., to take on WAC rivals Louisiana Tech on Friday, Mar. 29 at 8:30 a.m. (MT) and UTSA on Saturday, Mar. 30 at 2 p.m. (MT).
UT Arlington 5, Utah State 2
Singles 1. McKenzie Davis (USU) def. Katarina Dikosavljevic (UTA) 6-3, 6-0 2. Jaci West (USU) def. Giada D'ortona (UTA) 6-4, 6-4 3. Brooke Dennis (UTA) def. Julie Tukuafu (USU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 4. Elizabeth Thoms (UTA) def. Kallie Sperry (USU) 7-5, 6-0 5. Verena Scott (UTA) def. Hillary Hays (USU) 6-2, 6-2 6. Liucija Smaizyte (UTA) def. Amber Stuhlmann (USU) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles 1. Davis/West (USU) vs Dennis/Thoms (UTA) UF 2. Scott/D'ortona (UTA) def. Sperry/ Kristina Voytsekhovich (USU) 8-2 3. Dikosavljevic/Foote (UTA) def. Hays/Tukuafu (USU) 8-3
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.