The Team

Utah features a new head coach in Ric Mortera as well as a talented nucleus of players who return from a team that finished in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association top 50 in 2019.

The Utes went 13-11 overall and 3-7 in Pac-12 play, ranking as high as No. 38 nationally in March and finishing 44th. It’s the first time Utah was ranked in the final ITA poll in three years. The Utes were also ranked in the top five of the ITA Mountain Region for the fifth straight year, coming in at No. 2.

Utah’s doubles duo of departing senior Brianna Chisholm and rising sophomore Madison Tattini concluded their season ranked No. 51 nationally. Tattini and Chisholm wrapped up a successful season with a 10-5 dual record, including 4-1 in conference play and 3-2 against ranked opponents.

Chisholm, who played No. 1 singles, earned Pac-12 All-Conference honorable mention and was named the 2019 Pac-12 Women’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Tattini, the Utes’ No. 2 single player, was named the ITA Mountain Region Rookie of the Year. She won her first six matches in the fall and finished with 20 victories, including three in conference play and one in the Pac-12 Tournament.

Rising senior Whitney Hekking earned Pac-12 All-Academic second-team honors for the second straight year. She compiled 11 singles wins in dual matches at the No. 5 position. Rising junior Leah Heimuli earned Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention. She played at the No. 6 singles position last season.

Two rising sophomores will look to build off solid 2019 seasons. Emily Dush had a 10-12 dual meet record while playing primarily at No. 3 singles. Dush was a four-star recruit ranked in the top 75 in the nation. Lindsay Hung went 9-7 while competing mostly at No. 4 singles. Hung, a five-star recruit, was ranked in the top 40 in the nation and a high school All-American.

Two other rising sophomores will look to get more playing time in the coming year. Anya Lamoreaux, a four-start recruit, was ranked as the No. 26 player coming out of the Southwest region. Jasmine Rich played in just two matches last season after redshirting her first year at Utah in 2017-18.

The Utes won the ITA Community Service Award for the second year in a row in 2019.


Leah Heimuli

Leah Heimuli






Brianna Chisholm

2019 Pac-12 Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Head Coach

RIC MORTERA

rmortera@huntsman.utah.edu

Ric Mortera is in his first year as the head coach of the Utah women’s tennis program.

Mortera was hired on June 28, 2019 after spending one year as Fresno State’s women’s tennis head coach and three years as a highly successful assistant coach at Texas Tech.

The Bulldogs won nine dual matches with three student-athletes earning All-Mountain West honors in 2018-19. During his time at Texas Tech, the Lady Raiders went 73-17 for the best three-year winning percentage (.811) in program history while six athletes captured All-Big 12 singles honors. Texas Tech made the NCAA Tournament all three years that Mortera was on staff, advancing to at least the Sweet 16 each time.

Mortera was named Wilson/ITA Texas Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017 with his final season being the best in program history. They finished the season ranked No. 7 in the Oracle/ITA rankings, made their first-ever NCAA Elite Eight appearance, produced a program-high 27 wins, and won the first Big 12 regular-season and tournament championships in program history.

Prior to his stint at Texas Tech, Mortera was an assistant coach at Illinois (2014) and Purdue (2013). At Illinois, he saw the Fighting Illini hold a No. 45 ITA ranking, notching upsets over No. 25 TCU and No. 29 Oklahoma State with four student-athletes being honored by the Big Ten through all-academic, all-conference and sportsmanship award selections. While at Purdue, the Boilermakers reached a program-high No. 14 in the ITA rankings as they advanced to the NCAA Tournament round of 32 with a program-best 18 dual wins that season.

Mortera got his start in collegiate coaching as a volunteer assistant at Illinois for two seasons (2011-12), also working on the Women’s Tennis Association Tour where he coached former United States Fed Cup player Alexa Glatch and 2009 Orange Bowl champion Julia Boserup. He helped Glatch reach the U.S. Open and Wimbledon main draws, and Boserup achieve a career-high ranking of No. 174.

The Portland, Ore., native was a four-year letter winner at Oregon. He graduated in 2010 with degrees in both economics and political science after ranking as high as No. 45 in the ITA his senior season while also receiving a master's in sport management from Texas Tech in 2018.


Assistant Coach

JANET KOCH

jkoch@huntsman.utah.edu

Janet Koch, a native of Durbanville, South Africa, enters her first season with the Utah women’s tennis program. She comes to Utah following an illustrious career at the University of Kansas.

A member of the ITA’s No. 5-ranked doubles team at the end of 2019 season, Koch garnered First Team All-American honors and was selected to the All-Big 12 Doubles First Team. While playing with Nina Khmelnitchaia, the duo recorded a 26-6 overall record and reached the Round of 16 in the 2019 NCAA Doubles Championship.

Koch was the No. 2 singles player for the Jayhawks as a senior and finished the 2019 season ranked as the No. 105 singles player in the nation. Koch was crowned the singles champion at the ITA Regional Championships in October 2018 to highlight her singles career. She was a starter all four years and helped take Kansas to the NCAA Championships three times.

Prior to college, Koch coached at Edge Tennis Academy from 2010-14 in Stellenbosch, South Africa, where she trained players ranging from beginners (age 10) to elite level players (age 25). Koch also assisted with the KU tennis camps.

Koch graduated with a degree in business management from Kansas in May of 2019 and was named to the All-Academic Big 12 First Team her senior year. She served on the KU Student Athlete Advisory Committee.







Madison Tattini

2018-19 ITA Mountain Region Rookie of the Year

Tradition

Utah’s eight previous years in the Pac-12 Conference have been highlighted by a sixth-place finish in 2014 and eight All-Pac-12 selections.

With a Pac-12 school winning the NCAA team title 23 times since 1982, the conference is considered the nation's finest in women's tennis. The Utes have already captured 29 wins in Pac-12 Conference play entering the 2020 season.

During the last 13 years, the Utes have a winning record versus nationally prominent schools such as Texas Tech, Auburn and LSU. Utah has also defeated TCU the last three times and has won 13 in a row over instate rival BYU.

Utah has been consistently ranked in the Top 50 in the nation since the late 2000s, climbing as high as No. 26. Utah has also been the top ranked team in the NCAA's Mountain Region five times. The Utes were ranked No. 44 in the nation and No. 2 in the Mountain Region in 2019.

Utah qualified for the NCAA Championships as a team three consecutive years from 2010-12.

The Utes won conference titles in their last two years in the Mountain West in 2010 and ‘11, going undefeated at home along the way. The Utes have finished with a winning record in nine of the last 10 seasons.

Salvatierra

Stevens

Stratton

Utah's All-Time Greats

Three Ute players have earned All-America honors during the program's history, while 30 different players have earned 51 all-conference citations since 1986.

Utah's first All-American was Jane Stratton, a three-time selection between 1973 and ‘76. Stratton was a finalist in the National Women's Collegiate Championships twice, and earned U.S. rankings of No. 3 in singles and No. 1 doubles in the 18-and-under doubles competition. As a pro, she made two quarterfinal appearances at Wimbledon in doubles.

Lisa Salvatierra and Ruth Ann Stevens were named All-Americans as a doubles team in 1992. They reached the semifinals at the ITA National Indoor Tournament, were ranked No. 12 nationally, and earned the No. 5 seed at the NCAA Championships. Stevens (now Allen and a Utah assistant coach) ranked as high as No. 2 nationally with doubles partner Alison Bradford in 1991 and was a three-time NCAA qualifier.

Brianna Chisholm earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention in 2019, joining Alexia Petrovic (2018), Margo Pletcher (2017), Tereza Bekerova (2013, 2014, 2015), Sarah Pham (2013) and Anastasia Putlina (2012).

Tereza Bekerova

Three-Time All-Pac-12 Conference

Team Facilities


Utah women's tennis utilizes some of the finest facilities in the nation.

Here's a closer look.


George S. Eccles Tennis Center

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Strength & Conditioning/Sports Medicine

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Burbidge Academics Center

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