The Utes enter the 2018 spring season with a roster loaded with veterans, including four seniors, who were tested against some of the best competition in the country during the fall schedule.
Senior Margo Pletcher earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention a year ago, marking the second-straight season she has received this award. Senior Alexia Petrovic went 11-7 in dual match play in 2017 and was named the ITA Mountain Region Most Improved Player.
Sophomore Whitney Turley competed alongside Pletcher at the 2017 ITA All-American Championships last October, marking the duo's second appearance in the tournament. Senior Victoria Robertson paired with Petrovic in doubles last fall. Both Turley and Robertson will be contend to make the singles lineup as well this spring.
Senior Jena Cheng finished the 2016-17 season with a 9-9 record. At the ITA Mountain Regionals last fall, she teamed with Junior Taylor Calton to defeat No. 15-ranked duo in the nation. Junior Brianna Turley in another tested veteran back for the Utes.
"We return nearly every player from last year's squad, including our top four players in Margo, Breezy (Brianna), Alexia and Jena," Iandolo said. "Throughout the fall, Whitney Turley has been the most improved player on the team and combined with the returning top four, we have some great opportunities.
The Utes welcome sophomore transfer Leah Heimulu and freshman Jasmine Rich. Heimulu played her freshman season at BYU-Hawaii, where she was named the 2017 ITA Rookie of the Year and PacWest Freshman of the Year. Rich is a product of East High School in Salt Lake City.
Mat Iandolo is in his 10th season as Utah's head coach. Iandolo has successfully transitioned the Utes into the Pac-12 Conference and guided the program to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2010-12. He has a 116-92 record at Utah. He has also produced four All-Pac-12 selections and 13 All-MWC honorees.
During the 2016-17 season, the Utes finished with nine dual wins, advancing to the second round of the Pac-12 Tournament. He coached Margo Pletcher to her second straight Pac-12 honorable mention selection along with seeing Alexia Petrovic being named the ITA Mountain Region Most Improved Player.
In 2015-16, Sarah Richter was named the ITA Mountain Region Senior Player of the Year. Utah finished with a winning record with 13 wins on the court and was named an ITA All-Academic Team. Four individuals were recognized as All-Academic Scholar Athletes.
Utah finished sixth in the Pac-12 with a 5-5 record in 2013-14. In 2012-13, Utah recorded five wins against ranked teams and ended the season ranked 36th in the country. The Utes also won 12 matches in 2011-12. Iandolo led Utah to back-to-back Mountain West Conference titles in its final two years in the league in 2010 and '11, earning coach of the year honors both times.
Iandolo has been working with collegiate players for more than 30 years since his graduation from Weber State in 1983. He came to Utah prior to the 2007-08 season after spending 16 years as the head coach at Purdue. He led the Boliermakers to NCAA appearances in 1998 and 2003, and the NCAA regional finals in 2006.
Former Ute All-American Ruth Ann Allen enters her 19th season as assistant coach.
During her four-year playing career at Utah, the former Ruth Ann Stevens garnered several honors. She was an All-American in 1992 and earned all-conference honors every year she played (1989-92).
With doubles partner Lisa Salvatierra, she ranked 12th nationally and was the No. 5 seed at the 1992 NCAA Championships. With doubles partner Allison Bradford in 1991, she was ranked as high as No. 2 nationally. The Utah native was a three-time NCAA qualifier and was inducted into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame in 2005.
Allen is a certified USPTA teaching pro and worked as an assistant pro for over 10 years at the Snowbird Canyon Racquet Club. In addition to her duties with the Utes, she is currently teaching tennis at Eccles Tennis Center.
Allen lives in her hometown of Salt Lake City. She is married to Jason Allen and has three children, Calvin, Anna and Roxy.