WOMEN'S TENNIS: The University of Utah women's tennis team (6-8, 0-0 MWC) upset 63rd-ranked Oregon (7-8, 1-4 Pac-10) Wednesday at the Eccles Tennis Center. After dropping the doubles point the Utes swept singles for the 6-1 win. Junior Anastasia Putilina, ranked No. 77, earned the match-clinching point with her 1-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) defeat of 79th-ranked Pavlina Smatova at the No. 1 singles position
"This was another great win over another Pac-10 team," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "I'm proud of Anastasia for picking up another ranked win today. I am also proud of how Lucia [Kovarcikova] gutted out her third set."
In doubles play, the team of junior Anastasia Putilina and sophomore Paige Miles fell to Smatova and Patricia Skowronski 8-6, at the No. 1 spot.
The freshmen duo of Sarah Pham and Lucia Kovarcikova topped Pascale Neubert and Rabea Stuckemann at the No. 3 position, 8-6.
Senior Evgenia Kryuchkova and redshirt sophomore Lexi Provancha dropped an 8-6 decision to Trudie Du Toit and Julia Metzger at the No. 2 spot, giving Oregon the doubles point.
In singles play, Pham defeated Stuckemann 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 4 spot, evening up the score at 1-1.
Miles downed du Toit 6-0, 6-2, at the No. 5 position, putting the Utes up 2-1 over the Ducks.
Provancha topped 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, Neubert at the No. 6 spot, giving Utah a 3-1 lead.
Putilina then clinched the match at 4-1 from the No. 1 position.
Kryuchkova, ranked No. 105, added the Utes fifth point with her 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, defeat of Skowronski at the No. 2 spot.
Kovarcikova bested Metzger 7-6,4-6, 7-6 at the No.3 position., making the final score 6-1 in favor of Utah.
The Utes open Mountain West Conference play April 1-2 against New Mexico and TCU, in Fort Worth, Texas.
SOFTBALL: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Junior third baseman Whitney Holm went 2-for-3 and the University of Utah softball team closed its spring break trip with a 4-1 win over Georgetown Wednesday at Guy Mason Field.
Utah (15-15) brought its overall record back to .500 with its seventh victory in its last nine games. The Utes have scored in the first inning and have been the first team to score in its last three games.
Holm hit a pair of singles and was the only Ute with multiple hits in the game. Utah's other hits in the contest went for extra bases as freshman outfielder Tara Glover hit a triple while Katelyn Elliott, Brittany Parker and Cheyella Myers all registered a double apiece.
Generra Nieslon started on the mound for the Utes and worked the first 4.0 innings. She did not allow an earned run on three hits to go with six strikeouts and two walks. As the pitcher of record, she improved to 11-10 this season after picking up the win.
Naomi Amu came on to secure the victory by pitching the final three innings.. She only gave up two hits and did not allow an earned run while striking out two Hoya hitters and walking one.
The Utes are scheduled to open their home slate with a doubleheader next Wednesday, March 30, against Boise State. First pitch from Ute Softball Field is set for 2 p.m. Gavin McCallister will have a live play-by-play call of the action at utahutes.com.