USU tennis: Women's team ends weekend with WAC loss to Denver

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, April 13 2013 5:15 p.m. MDT

Utah State women’s tennis wrapped up a tough weekend with a 6-1 loss to Western Athletic Conference foe Denver in Las Cruces, N.M., on Saturday.

The Aggies put up a good fight in doubles competition, but Denver came out ahead each time. Sophomore McKenzie Davis and freshman Kallie Sperry fell to Sophia Bergner and Steffi Rath, 8-2, at the first doubles position, while senior Kristina Votsekhovich and sophomore Hillary Hays were defeated by Emma Isberg and Mandy van den Eerenbeemt, 9-7, in a tight match at the second doubles position. In the third doubles position, senior Julie Tukuafu and freshman Ashley Stuhlmann wrapped up doubles with an 8-5 loss to Caroline Schnell and Kathryn Hughes.

Davis suffered her first individual loss of the weekend at the No. 1 singles position, falling to Bergner in straight sets (6-4, 6-4). At the No. 2 spot, Voytsekhovich was defeated by Isberg in straight sets (6-2, 7-5). Tukuafu began playing at the No. 3 position but retired before the end of the first set. Sperry pushed the No. 4 match to three sets before falling to Hughes (4-6, 6-2, 10-1), while Hays was taken down by Rath in straight sets at the No. 5 position (6-2, 6-3). Stuhlmann earned the only Aggie win of the day with a three-set win over Charlotte Derbyshire at the No. 6 spot (7-5, 3-6, 11-9).

With the loss, the Aggies fall to 5-12 overall and 1-6 in league play. The team returns home next week to close out the regular season hosting Idaho on Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m.

Denver 6, Utah State 1

Singles

1. Sophia Bergner (DU) def. McKenzie Davis (USU) 6-4, 6-4

2. Emma Isberg (DU) def. Kristina Voytsekhovich (USU) 6-2, 7-5

3. Mandy van den Eerenbeemt (DU) def. Julie Tukuafu (USU) 5-2, retired

4. Kathryn Hughes (DU) def. Kallie Sperry (USU) 4-6, 6-2, 10-1

5. Steffi Rath (DU) def. Hillary Hays (USU) 6-2, 6-3

6. Ashley Stuhlmann (USU) def. Charlotte Derbyshire (DU) 7-5, 3-6, 11-9

Doubles

1. Bergner/Rath (DU) def. Davis/Sperry (USU) 8-2

2. Isberg/van den Eerenbeemt (DU) def. Voytsekhovich/Hays (USU) 9-7

3. Schnell/Hughes (DU) def. Tukuafu/Stuhlmann (USU) 8-5

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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