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CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah University women’s tennis will open its 2013 season this Saturday when the team travels to face Dixie State College. The match in St. George, Utah is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.
SUU has faced Dixie State each year since 2007, opening against the Red Storm every season since 2008. The Thunderbirds have a flawless 11-0 record during that stretch, including a season-opening 7-2 victory in St. George last season. The run also includes six sweeps by Southern Utah.
The Thunderbirds’ three returners, Alex Ivanova, Olya Kunz and Afton Staheli each picked up wins in the 2012 season opener at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 singles, respectively. Kunz and Ivanova also paired to capture a victory at No. 1 doubles during the match.
Senior Olya (Tatarchenko) Kunz finished 2012 on a 12-match winning streak in singles.
On the Summit, Undefeated
Olya (Tatarchenko) Kunz went undefeated in singles in Summit League play in 2012 (7-0) and paired with Alex Ivanova to go undefeated at No. 1 doubles in conference (7-0).
Olya (Tatarchenko) Kunz is a two-time all-Summit League honoree.
Alex Ivanova picked up Summit League Freshman of the Year honors in 2011 and all-Summit League accolades in 2012.
From the Summit to the Sky
Southern Utah University will move into the Big Sky Conference this season after having competed in the Summit League since the 1997 season.
From Russia with Love
Anastasiia Vasileva (Perm), Olya Kunz (Rostov On Don) and Veronika Rogova (St. Petersburg) hail from Russia.
Southern Utah’s roster of six is made up of three true freshmen in Veronika Rogova, Madeline Skaras and Anastasiia Vasileva.