Utah State women's tennis (4-5) lost, 7-0, to Utah (3-1) on Thursday night in Salt Lake City.
"Today was not a great day," head coach Sean McInerney said. "From the very first point in doubles, we were very reactive and sluggish. Utah took it to us today; not much more to say than that. We will have to bounce back on Saturday and find a way to beat a good Grand Canyon team."
Utah earned the doubles point after sophomore Whitney Turley and junior Taylor Calton defeated freshman Sasha Pisareva and senior Maggie O'Meara, 6-1, at the No. 2 spot. At the No. 3 spot, junior Brianna Chisholm and senior Victoria Robertson won, 6-1, against senior Sabrina Demerath and redshirt freshman Alexandra Taylor. Sophomores Hannah Jones and Lucy Octave had their match at the No. 1 spot against seniors Alexia Petrovic and Jena Cheng left unfinished due to the action on the other two courts.
In singles, Pisareva lost, 5-7, 2-6, against Petrovic at the No. 1 spot. At the No. 2 spot, sophomore Rhoda Tanui lost, 2-6, 3-6, to Chisholm. Jones lost, 2-6, 1-6, to Cheng at the No. 3 spot. Demerath lost at the No. 5 spot to Calton, 2-6, 3-6, while Turley defeated Taylor at the No. 6 spot, 5-7, 2-6. Octave took her match at the No. 4 spot to three sets after losing the first, 5-7, to Robertson but winning the second, 6-2. Octave lost the third set, 6-10.
The Aggies next travel to Phoenix for a doubleheader on Saturday against Grand Canyon (4-6) and Mesa Community College (1-1) at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. MT, respectively.
Ashley Springer is a student at Utah State University studying journalism and communication. Springer is an intern with the USU athletic department's media relations.