The semifinals of the Lady Ute Invitational narrowed to a somewhat lopsided Utah/BYU showdown, as is usually the case. The Utes advance three players, the Cougars one.
Top seeded Jennifer Saret of BYU, moved into the semis with a three-set win over Utah's Jennifer Jensen, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.For the Utes, Heidi Chinchiolo, the No. 5 seed, posted the upset of the meet by beating No. 2 seeded Evica Koljanin of BYU, 7-5, 7-5. Also, Alison Bradford, the No. 3 seed, beat Cherie Kaneshiro of BYU, 7-5, 6-4, and Rebecca Smith, the No. 4 seed, beat Nadine March of Weber State, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
In doubles, two surprises were the Weber duo of Susie Ennega and March, and Utah's Chinchiolo and Kristin Longson. The unseeded Weber team upset the No. 2 seeded team of Koljanin and Jennifer Holmes of BYU, 6-4, 6-4, and the unseeded Ute team upset the No. 4 seeded team of Sarah Hewing of Jean Richards of Weber State, 6-3, 6-3.
The No. 1 team of Bradford and Smith had a tough match with Utah State's Camille Larsen and Libby Romney, 6-4, 6-2, and the No. 3 seeded team of Saret and Michelle Domanico of BYU, beat Utah's Stephanie Ball and Clodagh Bowyer, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
Utah State advanced two players with the only three-set matches in consolation. Larsen beat Claire Gatt of Weber, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, and Melanie Grass beat Patti Bender of Weber, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.