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CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah University women’s tennis will open its 2014 regular season with a match at Dixie State University on Thursday afternoon. The competition will mark the seventh consecutive year that the Thunderbirds and Red Storm have met to open SUU’s season.
During that stretch Southern Utah has not lost to DSU and has only dropped six individual matches. The run has included four shutouts, including the 2013 meeting where the Thunderbirds swept every match.
“Dixie State is a great program and a good opponent to open the season against,” head coach Lenny Lee said. “They are coached really well and will be prepared to give us a strong match on Thursday.”
Southern Utah returns a pair of all-Big Sky performers in first-team selection Alex Ivanova and honorable mention honoree Veronika Rogova. Ivanova led the Thunderbirds in 2013 with a 16-3 record, including a perfect 10-0 mark in Big Sky play.
Rogova opened 2013 on a three-match winning streak and finished the season with a 14-5 overall mark in singles, playing at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3.
The match on Thursday is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. and will be hosted on the tennis courts at DSU.
Ruling the Sky
Ivanova recorded a perfect singles mark in Big Sky Conference play in 2013, compiling an overall mark of 9-0 at No. 2 singles and 1-0 at No. 3 singles.
Ivanova was a first-team all-Big Sky Conference honoree. Rogova was an honorable mention all-Big Sky Conference honoree.
Ivanova finished 2013 with a 13-match winning streak in singles. Rogova also finished strong in 2013 with a four-match winning streak in singles.
From Russia with Love
Half of Southern Utah’s roster of six hails from Russia, including sophomores Veronika Rogova (St. Petersburg) and Anastasiia Vasileva (Perm) and freshman Jane Marushko (Yoshkar-Ola).