Headed into its 2017 spring season, Utah looks to improve on last year's record of 13-10 overall and 3-7 in the Pac-12 Conference.
Head coach Mat Iandolo has high expectations for his veteran squad. “I feel like last year, we were classified as a young team,” he said. “I would say we are a more experienced team than we were and I feel we'll benefit from that as we move into the season.”
The Utes return seven players with valuable experience from past seasons. The Utes are led by junior Margo Pletcher and sophomore Brianna Turley, who team-up to play at No. 1 doubles as well as at the top of the singles lineup. The duo has already built on last season's 15-6 doubles record as they were selected for the main draw at the ITA All-American Championship last October. Pletcher was also selected to compete in the singles bracket at ITAs last fall, while Turley had an 11-5 record at No. 3 singles a year ago.
Junior Alexia Petrovic showed tremendous strides last fall as she looks to build on a 12-6 singles record from 2016. Junior Jena Cheng had a great fall as well. Sophomore Taylor Calton finished with a 13-8 overall singles record in 2016 and joined with senior Luisa Gerstner Da Rosa for a 12-8 doubles mark.
Freshman Whitney Turley was a two-time Utah state champion in singles competition and a top five competitor in the Intermountain region.
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.
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 16th year as an assistant coach.
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, the Salt Lake City native is currently teaching tennis at Eccles Tennis Center.