Utah Women’s Tennis Honored By ITA Mountain Region

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Monday, The University of Utah women’s tennis program received honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for dedication to excellence both on and off the court this season.The program earned the ITA Mountain Region Community Service award after making an impact in the Salt Lake City community this season.Head coach Mat Iandolo stated he was impressed with his squad and citing schedule obligations, school, matches and travel, said “it is nothing short of amazing that these young women make the time to be involved in their community.”The Utes were a part of “Team Impact” this season, recruiting a 14-year-old with cystic fibrosis. Their new teammate was allowed to be a part of team practices, matches and team dinners this past season.They were also involved in bowling nights with community members who have special needs and volunteered at the Ronald McDonald house which saw them read and interact with the children.On campus, the squad has hosted “Trunk or Treat” during Halloween for children in the community.Their biggest community service project was perhaps the Tommy Tough Foundation. The Utes’ women’s tennis squad dedicated one of their home matches to a young boy named Tommy born with congenital heart defects.The Utes signed posters, took pictures with fans and conducted a meet and greet with people who purchased tickets for the fundraiser.Along with the team award, a pair of Utes earned individual awards from the ITA Mountain region as senior Alexia Petrovic, a native of Burr Ridge, Ill. was named as the Most Improved Player while Kaysville, Utah native, Brianna Chisholm, was awarded the Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship award.Petrovic was the Utes’ #1 singles player all season, advancing from the #3 spot a year ago. She finished the campaign with a 9-9 record and was 8-7 at #1 doubles with two ranked wins at singles and three in doubles.Iandolo cited Petrovic as his most improved player and confirmed “she is a model of what I want this program to be about.”Petrovic earned several key victories in 2018, including a victory over eventual Pac-12 singles player of the year Ena Shibahara of UCLA, when she was ranked #11 in the country. She also was part of a doubles team that knocked off the #10 ranked Bruins at home.Chisholm was a stalwart for the Utes as the #2 player and spent lots of the time in the community performing service.Chisholm was the Utes’ representative for Team Impact this season, while also volunteering as a reader for adult and children refugees worldwide. May 21, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah Women’s Tennis Honored By ITA Mountain Region Tags: Alexia Petrovic/Brianna Chisholm/Community Service/Mat Iandolo/Utah Women’s Tennis Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more