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UTE WOMEN'S TENNIS TEAM GETS FIRST-EVER WIN OVER BYU

The University of Utah's women's tennis team, in a most unexpected way, upset the visitors from Brigham Young University on Thursday, which is to anyone's recollection a first.

The Utes, on the strength of the weakest part of their game - singles - beat the Cougars in the Eccles Tennis Center, 5-4. The two teams will finish the season in the next two weeks and then head for the WAC finals in Fort Collins, April 23-25Going into the match Utah coach John Tsumas was resting his upset hopes over BYU, currently ranked No. 22, on his improving doubles play.

"I dreamt we could win at least three singles, but never in a hundred years did I think we could win four," said Tsumas after the match.

The Utes did, in fact, win four singles and clinched it when their No. 1 doubles team of Ruth Ann Stevens and Lisa Salvatierra, currently ranked No. 7 in the country, won. BYU finished up winning to remaining two doubles.

In singles for the Utes, Salvatierra beat Evica Koljanin, 6-3, 6-3; Allison Bradford beat Susana Labrador, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2; Stevens beat Sarah Mugnaini, 6-3, 6-1; and Heidi Chinchiolo beat Jennifer Holmes, 6-0, 6-5. For BYU, Cherie Kaneshiro beat Jennifer Jensen, 6-4, 6-3 and Federica Lentini beat Kristin Longson, 6-3, 6-1.

In doubles, Stevens and Salvatierra beat Koljanin and Mugnaini, 6-2, 6-2, then BYU's Kaneshiro and Anissa Robinson beat Bradford and Chinchiolo, 7-6, 6-2, and Holmes and Labrador beat Longson and Jensen, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

This was, said Tsuman, the first time the Utes have beaten the Cougars in a dual match.