The Team

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.




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Alexia Petrovic

Brianna Turley

Tradition

Utah's five previous years in the Pac-12 Conference have been highlighted by a sixth-place finish in 2014 and three players earning All-Pac-12 honors.

With a Pac-12 school winning the NCAA team title 22 times since 1982, the conference is considered the nation's finest in women's tennis. The Utes have already captured 19 wins in Pac-12 Conference play entering the 2017 season and have a winning record against every team outside of those annually ranked among the top eight in the nation.

During the tenure of head coach Mat Iandolo, 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 eight in a row over instate rival BYU.

Also under Iandolo, the Utes have been consistently ranked in the Top 50 in the nation, climbing as high as No. 26. Utah has also been the top ranked team in the NCAA's Mountain Region five times.

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 eight of the last nine seasons.

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Utah's All-Time Greats

Three Ute players have earned All-America honors during the program's history, while 30 different players have earned 50 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.

Tereza Bekerova (2013-14), Sarah Pham (2013) and Anastasia Putlina (2012) have earned all-league singles honors since the Utes joined the Pac-12 Conference. Putilina was the 2011 Mountain West Player of the Year and climbed as high as No. 38 in the national rankings. The doubles team of Bekerova and Paige Miles was ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation. Liz Ferris defeated the No. 1-ranked player in the nation, Arkansas' Auralija Miscivcute, in 2008.

Anastasia Putlina

Head Coach

MAT IANDOLO

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.

ASSISTANT COACH

RUTH ANN ALLEN

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.







Mat Iandolo

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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