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Roster Breakdown By Class

By State/Country

Alphabetical Roster Name

Ht.

Yr.

Exp.

Juniors (5) Callie Craig Lucia Kovarcikova Paige Miles Elena Najera-Salas Sarah Pham

United States (5) Callie Craig - Utah Paige Miles - Utah Elena Najera-Salas - California Sarah Pham - Florida Natasha Smith - California

Tereza Bekerova

5-4

SO

Callie Craig

5-10

Lucia Kovarcikova

5-10

Paige Miles

Sophomores (2) Tereza Bekerova Natasha Smith

International (3) Tereza Bekerova - Czech Republic Lucia Kovarcikova - Slovakia Sarah Richter - Germany

Freshmen (1) Sarah Richter

Hometown

Previous School

TR

Prague, Czech Republic

Stephen F. Austin

JR

1L

Orem, Utah

BYU

JR

1L

Bratislava, Slovakia

AKAD (Zurich, Switzerland)

5-8 RS JR 2L

Salt Lake City

Juan Diego Catholic

Elena Najera-Salas

5-7

JR

TR

San Diego, Calif.

University of Denver

Sarah Pham

5-3

JR

2L

Parrish, Fla.

Allendale Academy

Sarah Richter

6-0

FR

HS

Dresden, Germany

Sportgymnasium Dresden

Natasha Smith

5-9

SO

1L

Long Beach, Calif.

Wilson High School

Head Coach: Mat Ianoldo (Weber State, ’83) - 6th Season Assistant Coach: Ruth Ann Allen (Utah, ‘92) - 14th Season

Pronunciation Guide Tereza Bekerova . . . . . . . . . . . . teh-REEZ-uh BEE-ker-OH-vuh Callie Craig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CAH-lee Lucia Kovarcikova . . . . . . loo-SEE-uh koh-VAR-chih-KO-vah Elena Najera-Salas . . . . eh-LAY-nuh nuh-HARE-uh SALL-us Sarah Pham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FAM Sarah Richter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICK-ter

Coaching Staff

MAT IANDOLO 6th year Weber State, ‘83

RUTH ANN ALLEN 14th year Utah, ‘92

TEREZA BEKEROVA So. 5-4 Prague, Czech Republic

CALLIE CRAIG Jr. 5-10 Orem, Utah

LUCIA KOVARCIKOVA Jr. 5-10 Bratislava, Slovakia

PAIGE MILES RSJr. 5-8 Salt Lake City, Utah

SARAH PHAM Jr. 5-3 Parrish, Fla.

SARAH RICHTER Fr. 6-0 Dresden, Germany

NATASHA SMITH So. 5-9 Long Beach, Calif.

ELENA NAJERA-SALAS Jr. 5-7 San Diego, Calif.

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U TA H WO M E N ’ S T E N N I S September 29-30

SCHEDULE

ITA All-American Championships

Los Angeles, Calif.

TBA

ITA All-American Championships ITA Mountain Regional

Los Angeles, Calif. Las Vegas, Nev.

TBA All Day

UNM Fall Invitational San Diego State Invitational USTA/ITA National Indoors

Albuquerque, N.M. San Diego, Calif. Flushing, N.Y.

All Day TBA All Day

Virginia Invitational ITA Kickoff Weekend

Charlottesville, Va. Austin, Texas

All Day TBA

8 9 23 24

at Wisconsin at DePaul vs Boise State vs New Mexico vs Idaho State

Madison, Wis. Chicago, Ill. Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Salt Lake City

1 p.m. 1 p.m. 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 5 p.m.

2 5 8 10 15 16 22 23 31

at BYU vs Wyoming *vs Arizona *vs Arizona State *at UCLA *at USC *at California *at Stanford *vs Oregon

Provo, Utah Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Los Angeles, Calif. Los Angeles, Calif. Berkley, Calif. Palo Alto, Calif. Salt Lake City

11 a.m. 2 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 11 a.m. 2:30 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 10 a.m.

Salt Lake City Salt Lake City Houston, Texas Denver, Colo. Boulder, Colo. Ojai, Calif.

1:30 p.m. 11 a.m. 10 a.m. 1 p.m. 11 a.m. All Day

October

1-7 10-14

November 2-4 9-11 9-11

January 19-21 26-27

February

March

April

5 *vs Washington 7 *vs Washington State 13 at Rice 19 at Denver 20 *at Colorado 25-28 Pac-12 Championships * = Pac-12 Conference Match

Home matches in bold. Home matchs are played at either Eccles Tennis Center (indoor) or Liberty Park Tennis Center (outdoor), weather dependent. Time and locations are subject to change.

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Junior Sarah Pham (top) and sophomore Tereza Bekerova (bottom) should compete at the top of the Utes’ singles lineup this season.


SEASON OUTLOOK As Mat Iandolo enters his sixth season at the helm of the University of Utah women’s tennis programs, he anticipates a successful season from his young, but experienced team. “In one way we have a young team, in another way we have five juniors,” says head coach Mat Iandolo. “In some ways it’s a fairly experienced team, having five upper-class players. I like the fact that most everybody on the team has been through at least one full season of high level competition, which is going to help them immensely as we move into our primary season.” The Utes have already enjoyed some successes in their fall tournament season, including claiming the doubles championship title at the USTA/ITA Mountain Regional Championships. Although Utah is slated for two more tournaments, the UNM Fall Invitational and the San Diego State Invitational, Iandolo sees a promising future for his team. “To this point, I am pleased,” says Iandolo. “We still have the two tournaments this weekend and next weekend. So after those tournaments, I will be able to see how we did in the fall.” In Utah’s first tournament of the season, the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, junior Sarah Pham reached the second round of the qualifying draw. She then returned to action at the ITA Mountain Regionals, where she upset No. 43 Lucia Batta of UNLV in the semifinals. Head coach Iandolo expects to see Pham perform at the top of Utah’s lineup in the dual match season. “Sarah continues to work very hard and continues to improve,” says Iandolo. “The fact that she made the finals of our regional tournament and beat the first-seeded No. 43 Lucia Batta says a lot about the level she is playing at. She is the kind of kid along with Tereza that no matter who we play against, if they are playing on top of their game, they are going to give themselves a chance to win.” Junior Callie Craig saw action this fall at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, where she captured two consecutive victories to advance to the third round of pre-qualifying play. Craig also reached the second round of singles at the ITA Mountain Regionals. “Callie is an exceptionally hard worker and she plays with a lot of heart and determination,” says Iandolo. “She has put in a tremendous effort since coming here from BYU. We expect her to contribute to the top half of the lineup in singles and doubles.” Junior Lucia Kovarcikova has been recovering from a recent surgery, but is expected to represent Utah at the UNM Fall Invitational. “Lucia had wrist surgery in August, but she is now 100% ready to go,” Iandolo says. “I expect that she will improve some more over last year’s solid performances.”

U TA H WO M E N ’ S T E N N I S “Obviously for Paige, this is the second time she has won this event,” continues Iandolo. “She won it with Anastasia Putilina two years ago and again this year. I think that says a lot about her and her ability to play doubles at a high level. I am thinking at this stage, having Bekerova and Miles play doubles together looks good, but I am also thinking we will have a ton of really good options as we look at doubles combos.” Junior Elena Najera-Salas played at the No. 2 singles position at the University of Denver for two years before transferring to Utah. Najera-Salas played in the first round of pre-qualifying singles play at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships and reached the third round of singles at the ITA Mountain Regionals. “I am very familiar with Elena [Najera-Salas],” Iandolo says. “I recruited her heavily out of high school. Unfortunately, she chose to go to Denver. But we are more than happy to have her experience and leadership in our lineup here. I really think she can make an immediate impact.” Utah’s younger talent, sophomores Tereza Bekerova and Natasha Smith, are also expected to make an impact this season. Bekerova joins the Utes from Stephen F. Austin and has proven to be an asset to Iandolo’s lineup. Bekerova reached the singles quarterfinal round at the USTA/ITA Mountain Regional Championships at teamed up with Miles to capture the doubles title. “Because she was at Stephen F. Austin last year, she has played a year of collegiate tennis,” Iandolo explains. “It’s just that, we play at a higher level so that is an adjustment that is ongoing with her.” Smith saw action at the Mountain Regionals, where she reached the second round of singles play. Iandolo expects to see more consistent performances from Smith this season. “Natasha is an extremely talented player who learned a lot through last year,” says Iandolo. “I think she learned how to take care of herself and manage herself physically, which is going to allow for more consistent performances from her this year.” With a wealth of young talent, Iandolo sees strength in the depth of his team going into its second year in the Pac-12 Conference. “Absolutely overall, I would say the strength of our team is going to be in its depth,” states Iandolo. “Although we do have at least, in my mind, three top 100 level players on the team. I think we have the requisite amount of depth, but I also think we have some strength at the upper part of the lineup which you absolutely need if you are going to compete in this league.”

Iandolo expects another valuable player in the singles and doubles lineup, junior Paige Miles, to return from injury this season. Miles along with sophomore Tereza Bekerova captured the doubles title at the USTA/ITA Mountain Regional Championships in October. “I am really pleased with the progress she has made,” Iandolo says. “She is certainly still not 100%, and I don’t know that she will ever be pain free, but I do think she will be able to compete at a level that is at or higher than any other level she has competed to at this point. I am thinking positively when it comes to her.”

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Mat Iandolo Head Coach 6th Season Weber State (‘83) Mat Iandolo is entering his sixth season as head coach of the University of Utah women’s tennis program. In 2010-11 Iandolo was named the Mountain West Conference Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season after leading the Utes to back-to-back conference titles and NCAA Championship appearances. With a 16-10 overall record, including a 7-1 mark in MWC play, Utah made its second straight trip to the NCAA tournament after earning the MWC’s automatic bid by winning the conference tournament championship. Iandolo also placed four players on the all-MWC team for the first time since Utah joined the conference. Iandolo has built a 70-51 record in his first five seasons at Utah. He has also produced at least three All-MWC selections each year, including 2011 MWC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year Anastasia Putilina and 2008 MWC Freshman of the Year Evgenia Kryuchkova. Additionally, Iandolo’s program has shown a strong commitment to academics with 23 players earning Academic All-MWC honors over four years, including five in 2010-11. In addition, Iandolo received Utah’s 2009-10 Don B. Reddish Coach of the Year award. In his inaugural season at the helm, the Utes finished the 2007-08 season ranked No. 54, earning their first national rating in the year’s final poll since the 2004 campaign, and finished the 2008-09 season ranked No. 63. An experienced coach, Iandolo has been working with collegiate players for more than 25 years, since his

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C O A C H I N G S TA F F graduation from Weber State in 1983. He came to Utah prior to the 2007-08 season after spending 16 years at Purdue. “I came to the University of Utah because of Harry James,” Iandolo said of the former Utah coach. “He is one of my coaching idols. I am very proud to be a tennis coach at his university.”

Career Record at Utah Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

Record Conf. Finish 15-9 5-3 (4th) 10-13 3-5 (6th) 17-8 8-0 (1st) 16-10 7-1 (2nd) 12-11 3-7 (8th)

5 years 70-51 (.578)

After taking on the Purdue program in 1991, Iandolo started building it from the ground up. Purdue totaled just nine wins in Iandolo’s first three seasons, but made a major turnaround in 1995, winning 14 overall matches and six Big Ten contests en route to a fourth-place conference finish. Purdue had never finished higher than fifth (1982) in the Big Ten prior to Iandolo’s appointment. In 1998, the Boilermakers enjoyed their most successful year under Iandolo, winning 14 overall matches while posting a program-best 8-2 record in Big Ten play, good enough for a second-place regular-season finish. During the 1998 spring season, Purdue collected two upsets over Top 30-ranked opponents, won matches against Northwestern and Indiana for the first time ever, and earned a final national ranking of 44th. For his efforts in that memorable season, Iandolo garnered Big Ten Coach of the Year honors. Iandolo guided the Boilermakers to another winning campaign and yet another NCAA Championship appearance in 2003. Iandolo again was honored for his work in leading Purdue to a 6-4 Big Ten record, as he received Big Ten Coach of the Year recognition at season’s end. In 2006, the Boilermakers made the NCAA regional finals and posted a big win over No. 17 Harvard along the way. Iandolo’s Purdue players collected Academic All-Big Ten laurels 62 times.


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Ruth Ann Allen Assistant Coach 14th Season Utah (‘92)

Former Ute All-American Ruth Ann Allen enters her 14th year as the assistant coach for the women’s tennis program. She is in the midst of her third stint in this position, having previously served as Utah’s assistant coach for two separate four-year periods.

Iandolo won back-to-back MWC Coach of the Year awards after leadin the Utes to the regular-season title in 2010 and the conference tournament championship in 2011. Above: the team receives the 2011 MWC championship trophy. Below: Iandolo receives the 2010 Don Reddish award and his squad celebrates its MWC championship at a Utah football game.

During her four-year playing career at Utah, the former Ruth Ann Stevens garnered several honors. She was an All-American in 1992 and earned allconference honors every year she played (1989-92). With doubles partner Lisa Salvatierra, she ranked 12th nationally and was the No. 5 seed at the 1992 NCAA Championships. With partner Allison Bradford in 1991, she was ranked as high as No.2 nationally. The Utah native was a three-time NCAA qualifier. Allen was inducted into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame in 2005. Allen is a certified USPTA teaching pro and worked as an assistant pro for over 10 years at the Snowbird Canyon Racquet Club. In addition to her duties with the Utes, she is currently teaching tennis at Eccles Tennis Center. During her previous stop at the U., she coached former Utes Allison Bradford and Mirja Wallmark to top-100 rankings in the NCAA. Allen lives in her hometown of Salt Lake City. She is married to Jason Allen and has three children, Calvin, Anna and Roxy.

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Tereza Bekerova 5-4 • Sophomore Prague, Czech Republic Stephen F. Austin Right-Handed Sophomore (Fall 2012): Compiled a 9-2 overall singles record … captured the No. 1 singles title at University of New Mexico Fall Invitational … expected to play at the No. 2 singles position … clinched the doubles championship title at the ITA Mountain Regionals with partner Paige Miles over the tournament’s first seeded doubles team … also upset first-seeded duo at the USTA/ ITA National Indoor Championships … went 10-2 in doubles with Miles … expected to hold the No. 1 doubles slot with Miles. Prior to Utah: Competed for one year at Stephen F. Austin before transferring to Utah... ranked in the top 100 in the world ITF Junior rankings. Personal: Daughter of Ilona and Martin Bekera … born June 3, 1991 in Prague, Czech Republic … one younger brother, Martin Bekera … majoring in exercise science.

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Bekerova’s Career Stats Singles Pct. Doubles 9-2 .818 10-2

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Callie Craig 5-10 • Junior Orem, Utah Orem HS (BYU) Right-Handed Junior (Fall 2012): Tallied a 6-6 overall singles record … reached the round of 16 at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in the pre-qualifying singles draw … captured the white flight consolation singles championship at the SDSU Fall Tennis Classic … teamed up with junior Sarah Pham to capture the red flight doubles championship at the SDSU Fall Tennis Classic. Sophomore (2011-12): Compiled an overall singles record of 20-20 … went 11-11 in dual matches with an 11-10 record from the No. 3 singles position … netted a 4-6 record in conference play, while going 3-10 against nationally ranked opponents … recorded her first upset of the season against Virginia’s 72nd-ranked Hana Tomlijanovic, 6-4, 6-3, at the ITA All-American Qualifiers … captured a 6-4, 6-3 victory over No. 21 Texas Tech’s Rashmi Teltumbde at the No. 3 singles spot in Utah’s first NCAA Tournament win in school history … defeated first-ranked UCLA’s No. 119 Pamela Montez at the No. 3 singles position, 5-7, 6-3, 14-12, her first conference victory of the season … also earned win’s against conference opponents No. 44 Washington, No. 30 Arizona State and Colorado … amassed a 9-13 dual-match doubles record with partner Anastasia Putilina at the No. 1 spot, while going 5-5 in tournament play and 4-6 in conference play for an overall record of 14-18 … the duo also upset Arizona’s No. 35 Natasha Marks and Lacey Smith, 8-6, from the No. 1 doubles slot. Freshman (2010-11 at BYU): Posted an overall singles record of 22-13, going 11-9 in dual-match play at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots... named All-MWC for both singles and doubles... won singles title at the BYU Invitational in the fall... named to the spring Academic All-MWC Team... earned the MWC Scholar-Athlete Award... amassed an overall doubles record of 22-11 with partner Megan Price, going 11-9 in dual-match play at the No. 1 position... the duo upset Ole Miss’ 22nd-ranked team of Kristi Boxx and Abby Guthrie at the Memphis Invitational and won the doubles title at the BYU Invitational. High School/Juniors: Ranked No. 1 in Utah for singles and doubles while at Orem High School... All-State Champion for four years...ranked in the top-five in the Intermountain... nationally ranked with wins over top-50 ranked opponents...ended high school with a 4.0 GPA. Personal: Daughter of David and Leslie Craig...born September 4, 1991...major is undecided.

Craig’s Career Stats Year Singles Pct. Doubles Pct. 2010-11 22-13 .629 22-11 .666 2011-12 20-20 .500 9-13 .409 Total 42-33 .560 31-24 .563

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Lucia Kovarcikova 5-10 • Junior Bratislava, Slovakia AKAD (Zurich, Switzerland) Right-Handed Junior (Fall 2012): Clinched the UNM Fall Invitational turquoise flight No. 3 singles championship title with a 6-3 6-1 victory over Western New Mexico University’s Ganna Tiurina … saw action at the SDSU Fall Tennis Classic, where she reached the grey flight singles consolation semifinals … also saw action in doubles at the UNM Fall Invitational with partner sophomore Natasha Smith. Sophomore (2011-12): Tallied a 15-14 overall singles record, while going 10-8 in dual matches and 1-7 against conference opponents … played primarily at the No. 5 singles position, posting a record of 9-7 and 1-1 from the No. 4 slot … captured the match-clinching point for Utah in its first NCAA Tournament win in school history, defeating No. 21 Texas Tech’s Kenna Kilgo 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 5 singles spot … held a seven-match win streak from Feb. 10 to March 9 … recorded her first victory in conference play against Oregon’s Pascale Neubert, 2-6, 7-5, 10-4, at the No. 5 singles spot … partnered with Sarah Pham for an overall doubles record of 7-10, going 5-8 in dual matches, 2-2 in tournament play, and 1-3 in conference play … the duo earned their solo conference victory against Colorado’s Ania Anuszkiewicz and Carla Manzi Tenorio at the No. 3 postion, 8-1. Freshman (Spring 2011): Joined the Utes in January of 2011 prior to the start of the spring semester as a true freshman... upset 73rd-ranked Hana Tomlijanovic of Virginia at the UVa Winter Invitational...posted an overall singles record of 9-16, going 7-15 in dual-match play at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots... went 10-1 with doubles partner Sarah Pham in dual-match play, primarily at the No. 3 position... the duo went 7-1 in MWC play High School/Juniors: Achieved an ITF juniors ranking of No. 152 in 2007... won the U18 doubles at the 2009 Swiss Championships... reached the U18 singles semifinals at the 2008 Swiss Championships...won Grade 2,3,4 and 5 doubles events... notched one singles G4 and two singles G5 event wins... earned a career-high WTA rankings of No. 599 in doubles and No. 1103 in singles in 2009... competed internationally in over 25 ITF tournaments since 2007. Personal: Daughter of Michal Kovarcik and Nora Trinler...born January 22, 1991... major is undecided.

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Kovarcikova’s Career Stats Year Singles Pct. Doubles Pct. 2011 9-16 .360 10-1 .909 2011-12 15-4 .789 7-10 .412 Total 24-20 .545 17-11 .607

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Paige Miles 5-8 • Redshirt Junior Salt Lake City, Utah Juan Diego Catholic Right-Handed Junior (Fall 2012): Captured the USTA/ITA Mountain Regional doubles championship with partner sophomore Tereza Bekerova, topping first-seeded Veronica Popovici and Simona Synkova of Wyoming, 8-5 … then went on to appear at the USTA/ITA Nationall Indoor Championships where they upset the first-seeded duo, Robin Anderson and Pamela Montez of UCLA … the duo also captured the UNM Fall Invitational cherry flight doubles championship with a 9-8 victory over South Carolina’s Jaklin Alawi and Dominika Kanakova … went 10-2 in doubles and is expected to hold the No. 1 doubles slot with Bekerova. Sophomore (2011-12): Posted a 2-1 overall singles record … tallied a 2-2 overall doubles record with partner Sarah Pham and a 1-3 record with Anastasia Putilina … missed most of the season due to injury. Freshman (2009-10): Named the 2010 ITA Mountain Region Rookie of the Year... went 12-4 at the No. 4 singles position, going 19-16 overall... earned clinching points in wins over BYU, New Mexico as well as the upset over No. 22 DePaul... named the MWC Player of the Week for the week of March 3... reached the flight-A singles quarterfinal round at the BYU Invitational...made it to the round of 32 at the Wilson/ITA Mountain Region Championships...placed on All-MWC Team for doubles with partner Anastasia Putilina... the duo went 12-8 primarily at the No. 1 doubles spot, going 18-12 overall, and ended the season nationally-ranked at No. 81... the Utah tandem upset the 42nd-ranked team of Natasha Marks and Alex Naydenova in the Utes win over No.50 Arizona... made the doubles semifinal round of the BYU Invitational in the fall as well as the round of 32 at the Wilson/ITA Mountain Region Championships... named to the Academic All-MWC team for the spring. High School/Juniors: A four-time Utah state 3A singles champion...remained undefeated against high school competition, ending with a perfect 72-0 record...a team captain on her high school squad... named Deseret Morning News High School Athlete of the Week...member of the National Honor Society...a 2009 National High School Tennis Foundation All-American. Personal: Daughter of Wally and Marce Miles... born April 10, 1991...major is undecided.

Miles’ Career Stats Year Singles Pct. Doubles Pct. 2009-10 19-16 .542 18-12 .600 2011-12 2-1 .666 2-2 .500 Total 21-17 .553 20-14 .588

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Elena Najera-Salas 5-7 • Junior San Diego, Calif. University of Denver Right-Handed Junior (Fall 2012): Compiled a 3-4 overall singles record … reached the round of 16 at the USTA/ITA Mountain Regionals … captured a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Iowa’s Caitlin Hindmarsh at the Wolverine Invitational … advanced to the black flight doubles final round at the SDSU Fall Tennis Classic with partner sophomore Natasha Smith … captured two doubles victories at the Wolverine Invitational with partner junior Callie Craig. Prior to Utah: Played at the No. 2 singles position at the University of Denver for two years before transferring to Utah … reached the round of 16 at the Mountain Regional Championships in 2011 … posted a 14-14 overall record and went 7-11 in dual matches … went 6-11 from the No. 2 singles position … tallied a 15-10 individual doubles dual-match record … named to the All-Academic team in the Sun Belt Conference. High School/Juniors: Ranked No. 15 in California and in the Southwest Section … ranked No. 67 nationally … earned All-American honors at La Jolla Country Day High School … also four-year letter winner at La Jolla Country Day and was a three-time team MVP. Personal: Born Nov. 13, 1991 in San Diego, Calif. … daughter of John Najera and Maria Salas … mother swam for San Diego State, father is a former professional racquetball player … has one younger sister, Sophia … enjoys surfing, exercising, and shopping … also a member of Student Diversity Leadership Club … graduated from La Jolla Country Day High School in 2010 … majoring in biology.

Najera-Salas’ Career Stats Year Singles Pct. Doubles Pct. 2011-12 14-14 .500 15-10 .600

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Sarah Pham 5-3• Junior Parrish, Fla. Allendale Academy Right-Handed Junior (Fall 2012): Went 11-4 overall in singles competition, Utah’s best singles record of the fall season … clinched the USTA/ITA Mountain Regional Championship singles title with a 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 victory over first-seeded Lucia Batta from UNLV … captured the red flight singles championship title at the SDSU Fall Tennis Classic over No. 34 Edyta Cieplucha of Southern Methodist after upsetting Arizona’s No. 72 Kim Stubbe in the semifinals … also appears in the qualifying singles draw of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships … expected to hold the No. 1 singles position … clinched the red flight doubles championship title at the SDSU Fall Tennis Classic with partner junior Callie Craig … reached the round of 16 at the USTA/ITA Mountain Regionals with partner sophomore Natasha Smith … expected to play at the No. 3 doubles slot with Craig. Sophomore (2011-12): Amassed an overall singles record of 24-18 … went 10-13 in dual matches and 4-6 in conference play … tallied a 10-12 record from the No. 2 singles position and 4-6 in conference play … also posted five wins against nationally ranked opponents … ranked No. 104 for five consecutive weeks … earned her first upset over a ranked opponent against UCLA’s 62nd-ranked McCall Jones at the No. 2 singles position, 6-3, 6-1 … netted her first conference victory from the No. 2 spot, 6-4, 6-4, against California’s No. 44 Tayler Davis … teamed up with Lucia Kovarcikova for a 7-10 overall doubles record, going 5-8 in dual matches, 2-2 in tournament play, and 1-3 in conference play … the pair earned their solo conference victory against Colorado’s Ania Anuszkiewicz and Carla Manzi Tenorio at the No. 3 postion, 8-1 … Pham also paired with Sammie Watson for a 4-6 overall record, going 3-4 in dual matches from the No. 3 doubles spot, and posted a 2-2 mark with Paige Miles. Freshman (2010-11): Amassed an overall singles record of 26-11, going 19-6 in dual-match play at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots... went a perfect 8-0 in Mountain West Conference play...upset Alabama’s 91st-ranked Courtney McLane... named All-MWC for singles...ended the year on a 12-1 run...won the singles flight-B consolation bracket at the University of Virginia Fall Invitational...reached the round of 32 at the USTA/ ITA Mountain Region Championships...went 10-1 with doubles partner Lucia Kovarcikova in dual-match play, primarily at the No. 3 position... the duo went 7-1 in MWC play... also teamed up with Lexi Provancha at the No. 3 doubles position... paired with Evgenia Kryuchkova in the fall to reach the doubles the round of 32 at the Mountain Region Tournament. High School/ Juniors: Netted numerous wins over top tier players while competing in ITF and UTSA juniors and women’s tournaments... went to quarterfinals at an L2 National Girls 18 tournament and at a Tasevac’s Career Stats junior ITF tournament in Texas. Year Singles Pct. Doubles Pct. Personal: Daughter of Hugh and Tha Pham... born August 1, 1992... majoring in exercise

2010-11 26-11 .702 10-1 .909 2011-12 24-18 .643 7-10 .411 Total 60-29 .674 17-11 .607

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Sarah Richter 6-0 • Freshman Dresden, Germany Sportsgymnasium Dresden Left-Handed Prior to Utah: Ranked as high as a No. 2 in Germany’s under 14 competition class...joined the Utes. Personal: Born April 5, 1993 in Dresden, Germany … daughter of Karin Enke and Henning Richter … mother is a three-time Olympic Champion and 11 time World Champion speed ice skater … has two older siblings, Laura and Sascha … majoring in international studies … graduated from Sportgymnasium Dresden in 2012 … enjoys basketball, beach volleyball, and meeting with friends.

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Natasha Smith 5-9 • Sophomore Long Beach, Calif. Wilson High School Right-Handed Sophomore (Fall 2012): Tallied a 6-6 overall singles record … advanced to the silver singles final round at the UNM Fall Invitational … also reached the consolation final round of the singles grey flight at the SDSU Fall Tennis Classic … reached the round of 16 at the USTA/ITA Mountain Regionals with partner junior Sarah Pham … also advanced to the black flight doubles final round with junior Elena Najera-Salas. Freshman (2011-12): Posted a 17-13 overall singles record … went 6-7 in tournament play and 11-6 in dual matches … held the Utes’ best conference record of 5-2 … played primarily at the No. 6 singles slot, netting an 8-4 record … captured her first conference victory over No. 44 Washington’s Riko Shimizu from the No. 6 singles slot … paired with Danielle Flores for a 15-12 overall doubles record, going 8-7 in dual matches and 7-5 in tournament play … the duo captured two conference victories at the No. 2 doubles slot, topping No. 44 Washington’s Andjela Nemcevic and Shimizu, 9-7, as well as Colorado’s Julyette Steur and Ashley Tiefel, 7-6(5). High School/Juniors: Two-time MVP at Wilson High School after going undefeated at the No. 1 singles spot in 2010 & 2011...ended prep career ranked No. 67 in the nation, No. 15 in California... team captain senior year... took two years off tennis in high school to be a member of the varsity cheerleading squad and to play first and third bases for the softball team... attended the Jose Higueras Tennis Academy in 2006-07 and earned the Sportsmanship Award at the Clay Court Supernationals... won two national writing competitions her senior year...ended high school with a 4.5 GPA. Personal: Daughter of Geoffrey and Alexandra Smith... born August 26, 1993... majoring in Psychology

Davidian’s Career Stats Year Singles Pct. Doubles Pct. 2011-12 17-13 .566 15-12 .555

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Schedule & Results

Season Statistics Singles Dual Overall Name No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 No. 4 No. 5 No. 6 Record Record Callie Craig --- 0-1 11-10 --- --- --- 11-11 20-20 Danielle Flores --- --- 1-0 9-10 1-0 --- 11-10 17-20 Lucia Kovarcikova --- --- --- 1-1 9-7 --- 10-8 15-14 Paige Miles --- --- --- --- --- --- 0-0 2-1 Sarah Pham 0-1 10-12 --- --- --- --- 10-13 24-18 Anastasia Putilina 14-7 --- --- --- --- --- 14-7 27-15 Natasha Smith --- --- --- 0-1 3-1 8-4 11-6 17-13 Sammie Watson --- --- --- --- --- 2-5 2-5 11-11 Totals 14-8 10-13 12-10 10-12 13-8 12-9 71-60 135-1112 Doubles Names No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 Craig/Pham --- --- --- Flores/Smith --- 2-5 6-2 Kovarcikova/Watson --- --- --- Miles/Putilina --- --- --- Craig/Putilina 9-13 --- --- Pham/Watson --- --- 3-4 Kovarcikova/Pham --- 4-5 1-3 Miles/Pham --- 1-1 --- Flores/Kovarcikova --- 0-4 0-2 Flores/Watson --- --- 0-1 Totals 9-13 7-15 11-12

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Dual Overall Record Record 0-0 1-2 8-7 15-12 0-0 1-2 0-0 1-3 9-13 14-18 3-4 4-6 5-8 7-10 1-1 2-2 0-6 0-6 0-1 0-1 27-40 46-62

Jan. 27 Jan. 28 Feb. 10 Feb. 12 Feb. 17 Feb. 19 Feb. 24 Feb. 25 Feb. 26 March 3 March 11 March 17 March 23 March 25 April 1 April 6 April 7 April 13 April 14 April 21 April 26-28

vs. UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. vs. Oklahoma Los Angeles, Calif. vs. Nevada Salt Lake City vs. Denver Salt Lake City vs. Wyoming Salt Lake City vs. Wisconsin Salt Lake City at UNLV Las Vegas, Nev. vs. Texas Tech Las Vegas, Nev. at Long Beach State Las Vegas, Nev. at Boise State Boise, Idaho vs. California* Salt Lake City vs. BYU Salt Lake City vs. USC* Salt Lake City vs. UCLA* Salt Lake City at Washington State*Pullman, Wash. at Oregon* Eugene, Ore. at Washington* Seattle, Wash. at Arizona State* Tempe, Ariz. at Arizona* Tucson, Ariz. vs. Colorado* Salt Lake City Pac-12 Championships^ Ojai, Calif.

* Pac-12 Conference Match ^ Pac-12 Tournament Match Overall Record: 12-11 Pac-12: 3-7

L, 4-1 L, 4-1 W, 7-0 W, 7-0 W, 7-0 W, 7-0 W, 4-3 W, 4-3 L, 5-2 W, 5-2 L, 6-1 W, 5-2 L, 7-0 L, 6-1 L, 5-2 L, 4-3 W, 6-1 W, 5-2 L, 7-0 W, 7-0


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All-Conference Performers Since 1986, Utah has had at least 29 different players earn 55 All-Conference accolades while playing in the MWC, the WAC and the HCAC. Following are Utah’s confirmed all-conference award winners.

Mountain West Conference 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2000

Evgenia Kryuchkova................................. Singles Paige Miles............................................ Doubles Sarah Pham.............................................. Singles Anastasia Putilina...................Singles & Doubles Evgenia Kryuchkova................................. Singles Paige Miles............................................ Doubles Anastasia Putilina...................Singles & Doubles Andrea Maughan.................................. Doubles Erin Monson...........................Singles & Doubles Anastasia Putilina.................................... Singles Elizabeth Ferris.......................Singles & Doubles Evgenia Kryuchkova................................. Singles Emily Kwok..............................Singles & Doubles Elizabeth Ferris.......................Singles & Doubles Leigh Walsh........................................... Doubles Elizabeth Ferris........................................ Singles Elizabeth Ferris........................................ Singles Emily Kwok............................................... Singles Megan Payne-Dorny...............Singles & Doubles Carrie Kasteler....................................... Doubles

Western Athletic Conference 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993

Megan Payne-Dorny................................ Singles Anna Svedenhov...................................... Singles Linda Engblom......................................... Singles Linda Engblom......................................... Singles Mirja Wallmark........................................ Singles Linda Engblom....................................... Doubles Angie Olson........................................... Doubles Mirja Wallmark........................................ Singles Rebecca Smith........................Singles & Doubles Lisa Paal................................................. Doubles Alison Bradford.......................Singles & Doubles Rebecca Smith....................................... Doubles

1992 1991

Alison Bradford........................................ Singles Lisa Salvatierra........................Singles & Doubles Ruth Ann Stevens.................................. Doubles Alison Bradford.......................Singles & Doubles Ruth Ann Stevens.................................. Doubles

Western Athletic Conference 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986

Julie Kempin............................................ Singles Liz Fox.................................................... Doubles Ruth Ann Stevens.................................. Doubles Kristen Siegmund................................... Doubles Susie Costa............................................. Doubles Michelle Mras.......................................... Singles Kristen Siegmund..................................... Singles Susy Westgall........................................... Singles Liz Fox...................................................... Singles Michelle Mras.......................................... Singles Kristen Siegmund..................................... Singles Marcia Foote........................................... Singles Linda Anderson...................................... Doubles Jill Collett............................................... Doubles Pam Miller............................................. Doubles Linda Tanner.......................................... Doubles

Player of the Year Awards 2011 2010 2010 2008 1996 1995 1994

Anastasia Putilina MWC Player of the Year Paige Miles ITA Mountain Region Rookie of the Year Anastasia Putilina ITA Mountain Region Player to Watch Evgenia Kryuchkova MWC Freshman of the Year Linda Engblom WAC Newcomer of the Year Mirja Wallmark WAC Newcomer of the Year Rebecca Smith WAC Sportsmanship Award

Coach of the Year Awards 2011 2010

Mat Iandolo MWC Coach of the Year Mat Iandolo MWC Coach of the Year

Utes in the Final ITA Rankings At the end of the 2008 season, Elizabeth Ferris and Emily Kwok became the first Utah doubles team since 1998 to earn a place in the final ITA national rankings, finishing at No. 27. It was also the highest ranking received by a Ute tandem since 1993. Below are Utah’s top finishes in the final ITA rankings since 1988.

Singles 2012 2011 2010 2008 2000 1999 1998 1996 1995 1992 1991 1989 1988

Anastasia Putlinia, No. 59 Anastasia Putlinia, No. 95 Anastasia Putilina, No. 99 Elizabeth Ferris, No. 63 Megan Payne Dorny, No. 55 Megan Payne, No. 81 Anna Svedenhov, No. 77 Linda Engblom, No. 99 Mirja Wallmark, No. 62 Mirja Wallmark, No. 58 Lisa Salvatierra, No. 78 Alison Bradford, No. 99 Michelle Mras, No. 45 Michelle Mras, No. 61

Doubles 2012 2010 2008 1998 1997 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989

Anastasia Putilina/Callie Craig, No. 84 Paige Miles/Anastasia Putilina, No.81 Elizabeth Ferris/Emily Kwok, No. 27 Linda Engblom/Anna Svedenhov, No. 44 Megan Payne/Kim Kelly, No. 41 Alison Bradford/Rebecca Smith, No. 20 Ruth Ann Stevens/Lisa Salvatierra, No. 12 Ruth Ann Stevens/Alison Bradford, No. 13 Ruth Ann Stevens/Susie Costa, No. 38 Michelle Mras/Susie Costa, No. 28

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U TA H WO M E N ’ S T E N N I S Utah’s ITA All-Americans Utah women’s tennis has had three different players, including current assistant coach Ruth Ann Allen, earn ITA All-American awards. Utah’s first All-American was Jane Stratton, a three-time selection between 1973 and 1976. Lisa Salvatierra and Ruth Ann Stevens were both recognized in 1992.

All-American Utes Lisa Salvatierra Ruth Ann Stevens Jane Stratton

Year 1992 1992 1974-76

To earn the elite distinction, a player must satisfy at least one of the following criteria. These standards for selection, along with some minor refinements, have been in place since 1979. Singles - Top 16 seed at the NCAA Tournament - Reach the Round of 16 at the NCAA Tournament - Finish in the Top 20 in the final ITA Rankings Doubles - Top 8 seed at the NCAA Tournament - Reach the Quarterfinals at the NCAA Tournament - Finish in the Top 10 in the final ITA Rankings

Top 25 Teams

Utah women’s tennis has had three consecutive teams finish in the Top 25 in the final ITA national collegiate rankings from 1988-1991.

HISTORY AND RECORD BOOK Jane Stratton Jane Stratton, the first female athlete to receive a full-ride scholarship at the U., earned All-America status three times and was a finalist in the National Women’s Collegiate Championships twice. During her collegiate career, she ranked No. 3 in singles and No. 1 in the U.S. 18 and under doubles competition. Stratton made two quarterfinal appearances at Wimbledon in doubles. She is a member of Utah’s Crimson Club Hall of Fame.

Lisa Salvatierra As a freshman, Lisa Salvatierra garnered a No. 12 national ranking with doubles partner Ruth Ann Stevens. Salvatierra and Stevens reached the doubles semifinals at the ITA National Indoor Tournament, as well as winning the ITA Regional Doubles Championships.

Ruth Ann Stevens

Top left: The 1988-89 squad finished the year ranked No. 25. Top right: In 1988-89, Utah earned a No. 21 final ranking. Bottom left: The 1990-91 was ranked No. 23 at year’s end.

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Ruth Ann Stevens (now Allen) was named to the 1992 ITA All-America team. She was ranked No. 12 nationally with doubles partner Lisa Salvatierra and was the No. 5 seed at the 1992 NCAA Championships. She ranked as high as No. 2 nationally with doubles partner Alison Bradford in 1991; both qualified for the NCAA Championships. Stevens was a three-time NCAA qualifier. She is a member of Utah’s Crimson Club Hall of Fame.


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Utah’s Top Wins vs. Ranked Opponents

Year 1992 2008 2000 2000 1996 2006 1988 2012 1998 2011 1999 1995 1990 2011 1993 2012 2000 1995 1998 1998 1993 2010 1995 2011 1991 1991 1991 2009 1988 2012 1989 2012 1990 2011 2007 2010

Utah Player Lisa Salvatierra Elizabeth Ferris Megan Payne Dorny Megan Payne Dorny Mirja Wallmark Elizabeth Ferris Michelle Mras Anastasia Putilina Linda Engblom Anastasia Putilina Megan Payne Dorny Mirja Wallmark Susie Costa Evgenia Kryuchkova Alison Bradford Anastasia Putilina Megan Payne Dorny Mirja Wallmark Anna Svedenhov Anna Svedenhov Alison Bradford Anastasia Putilina Mirja Wallmark Evgenia Kryuchkova Michelle Mras Kristin Siegmund Alison Bradford Anastasia Putilina Michelle Mras Sarah Pham Michelle Mras Anastasia Putilina Julie Kempin Anastasia Putilina Elizabeth Ferris Anastasia Putilina

SINGLES Opponent Lisa Raymond Aurelija Miseviciute Whitney Laiho Janet Walker Divya Merchant Olga Boulutcheva Allyson Cooper Denise Dy Anousjka Van Exel Mary Anne Macfarlane Angela Lawrence Lisa Alipaz Anya Kochoff Erin Vierra Nicole Storto Lindsey Hardenbergh Carlijn Buis Karina Kuregian Yana Dorodnova Zsofia Csapo Anna Funderburk Kristina Nedeltcheva Dina Birch Michaela Kissell Susanna Lee Jami Yonekura Stella Sampras Jennifer Stevens Diana Gardner Taylor Davis Michelle Taylor Liudmila Vasilieva Monica Waniek Hilary Bartlett Anca Anasasiu Julia Trunk

Rank No. 1 No. 2 No. 7 No. 12 No. 14 No. 18 No. 18 No. 20 No. 23 No. 24 No. 25 No. 26 No. 28 No. 29 No. 29 No. 30 No. 30 No. 30 No. 32 No. 35 No. 35 No. 37 No. 39 No. 41 No. 41 No. 41 No. 42 No. 42 No. 43 No. 44 No. 46 No. 48 No. 48 No. 49 No. 49 No. 50

School Florida Arkansas Florida Texas Florida BYU UCLA Washington Tulsa Alabama Pepperdine SDSU USC Virginia SDSU Virginia W&M Kansas St. Kansas St. Pepperdine Auburn UNLV San Diego Marshall BYU Miami (Fla.) UCLA Virginia Princeton California BYU Washington St. Oklahoma St. Princeton USC SDSU

1996 1988 2000 2012 2007 2012 2006 2006 2008 2012 2011 2010 2011 2012 2012 2012 2012 2011 2012 2011

Linda Engblom Michelle Mras Megan Payne Dorny Anastasia Putilina Elizabeth Ferris Sarah Pham Elizabeth Ferris Elizabeth Ferris Elizabeth Ferris Callie Craig Lucia Kovarcikova Evgenia Kryuchkova Anastasia Putilina Sarah Pham Anastasia Putilina Anastasia Putilina Sarah Pham Anastasia Putilina Callie Craig Sarah Pham

Patricia Zerdan Danielle Scott Alida Gallouits Brittany Wowchuck Anna Sydorska McCall Jones Brooke Buck Marianne Baker Gira Schofield Hana Tomlijanovic Hana Tomljanovic Alicia Aguilar Pavlina Smatova Elizabeth Ullathorne Michelle Brycki Anna Bartenstein Hana Tomlijanovic Emily Fraser Caryssa Peretz Courtney McLane

No. 50 No. 51 No. 54 No. 58 No. 58 No. 62 No. 66 No. 69 No. 71 No. 72 No. 73 No. 78 No. 79 No. 79 No. 79 No. 84 No. 85 No. 88 No. 89 No. 91

SMU Arizona State Florida State Northwestern TCU UCLA Notre Dame Maryland South Carolina Virginia Virginia SDSU Oregon Texas Tech Arizona State Boston College Virginia Virginia Virginia Alabama

Year 1992 1993 1992 1995 1991 1989 1989 1992 1992 1993 1990 2010 2010 2012

Utah Team Stevens/Salvatierra Bradford/Smith Stevens/Salvatierra Engblom/Olson Stevens/Bradford Mras/Costa Stevens/Kempin Stevens/Salvatierra Stevens/Salvatierra Bradford/Smith Stevens/Costa Maughan/Monson Miles/Putilina Craig/Putilina

DOUBLES Opponent Mair/Van De Merwe McKeon/Richards Albano/Alley Spencer/White Storto/Brandt Cenizia/Sampras Emmons/May Hamers/Jensen Lloyd/Louthian Erickson/Stockman Young/Kobilkova Ffriend/Hamm Marks/Naydenova Marks/Smyth

Rank School No. 6 William & Mary No. 6 San Diego No. 7 California No. 9 UC Santa Barbara No. 9 SDSU No. 9 UCLA No. 13 UCLA No. 13 UCLA No. 14 Florida No. 16 Pepperdine No. 23 BYU No. 28 North Carolina No. 42 Arizona No. 35 Arizona

ITA Team Academic Award The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). Utah has won the All-Academic Team award three times, successfully balancing a commitment to academic success with winning tennis.

2001-02 3.26 GPA

ITA Scholar Athlete Awards 2002-03 3.28 GPA

Alison Bradford 1992, ‘93

Jennifer Jensen 1993, ‘94

Linda Engblom 1997, ‘98

Megan Payne Dorny 1999, 2000

Sheri Esrock 2002, ‘03

Alison Hansen-Sine 2004, ‘05

Utah has had 15 players combine for a total of 23 ITA Scholar-Athlete awards, including eight two-time honorees. Winners not pictured above include Stephanie Ball (1992, ‘93), Anna Svedenhov (1998), Rachel Alder (2003, ‘04), Maria Tove Svensson (2003), Janessa Jackson (2004), Jessica Watts (2004), Cinthia Saucedo (2005), Lexi Provancha (2011) and Callie Craig (2011). In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman through senior year).

2003-04 3.50 GPA

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Dr. Chris Hill SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT - 26TH YEAR Administration 1987-present: Director of Athletics 1998-present: Special Assistant to the President

Highlights

Football Bowl Record BCS Bowl Record Conference Champion Men’s Basketball NCAA Tournament NCAA Final Four Elite Eight Sweet 16 Conference Champion Women’s Gymnastics NCAA Champion NCAA Runner-up NCAA Super Six Women’s Basketball NCAA Tournament NCAA Elite Eight NCAA Sweet Sixteen Conference Champion Skiing NCAA Champion NCAA Runner-Up Volleyball NCAA Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament Softball College World Series NCAA Tournament Soccer NCAA Tournament Baseball NCAA Tournament

11-4 2-0 5 times 13 times 1998 (runner-up) 1997, ’98 1991, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’05 12 times 1990, ’92, ’94, ’95 2000, ‘06, ‘07, ‘08 18 times 15 times 2006 2001, 2006 10 times 1988, ’93, ’96, ’97, ’03 8 times 2001, 2008 10 times 1991, ’94 11 times 5 times 2009

Hill’s Facility Legacy George S. Eccles Tennis Center (1989) Ute Baseball Field (1994) Volleyball Crimson Court (1994) Ute Soccer Field (1995) Rice-Eccles Stadium (1998) Dumke Gymnastics Center (1998) Burbidge Athletics Academic Center (2001) Spence Eccles Field House (2004) Alex Smith Strength & Conditioning Center (2009) McCarthey Family Track & Field Complex (2010) McCarthey Football Practice Fields (2012) Ute Softball Stadium (2013) Football Center (2013)

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Dr. Chris Hill has spent the last quarter of a century developing Utah athletics into a national player. Among his many accomplishments was his instrumental role in Utah’s invitation into the Pac-12 Conference in the summer of 2010. Hill, just 37 years old when he was appointed as Utah’s director of athletics in 1987, has been at the helm of the department for two BCS bowl wins, nine NCAA team championships (four by the gymnastics team and five by the ski team) and NCAA runner-up finishes in men’s basketball (1998), football (2008), gymnastics (2000, 2006, 2007, 2008) and skiing (eight total). He has hired three coaches who became a National Coach of the Year in their sport: football coaches Urban Meyer (2004) and Kyle Whittingham (2008), and men’s basketball coach Rick Majerus (1998). Hill, himself, has received national acclaim, most recently as one of five 2011 finalists for the prestigious Sports Business Award for Athletic Director of the Year by SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily. He was also the 2011 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Under Armour West Region Athletic Director of the Year. Hill has served on several national boards, including the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee (2004-09), chair of the NCAA Championships/Competition Cabinet (1997-98) and the NCAA Management Council Administrative Committee. He was on the NACDA’s executive committee from 2002-06. Among the events leading up to Utah’s historic invitation to join the Pac-12 were BCS bowl wins over Pitt in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl as the first team from a non-automatic qualifying conference to play in a BCS bowl game, and over Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl. The Utes are 11-4 in bowl games during Hill’s tenure. Utah’s other athletic programs have also thrived under his leadership. The men’s basketball team has played in 13 NCAA Tournaments—advancing to the Sweet 16 five times and the Elite Eight twice. In 1998, the Runnin’ Utes advanced to the NCAA Championship game against Kentucky. The women’s basketball team has 15 NCAA appearances, playing in the Sweet 16 twice and the Elite Eight in 2006. The gymnastics team leads the nation in NCAA Super Six appearances with 18—all during Hill’s term—and was the attendance leader for all women’s sports in 2010 and 2011. The 62-year-old New Jersey native has served in five capacities at the U., starting in 1973-74 as a graduate assistant basketball coach

on Bill Foster’s staff. After coaching boys’ basketball at Salt Lake’s Granger High from 1975-79 (he was the 1975 4A Coach of the Year), Hill returned to the U. as an assistant coach to Jerry Pimm (1979-81). From 198385, he taught in the University’s special education department before coming back to athletics as the Crimson Club director (1985-86). In 1987, he became the director of athletics. Hill was the executive director of United Cerebral Palsy of Utah from 1981-85, during which time he developed a housing project for people with severe physical disabilities. Hill’s awards, in addition to those listed previously, include: 2011 Utah YMCA Man of the Year, 2004 Mountain West Conference’s Commissioner’s Award, 1981 Milton Bennion Fellowship, 1984 Utah Recreation Therapy Association Outstanding Service award and 1996 Utah MS Sportsperson of the Year. Hill was inducted into the Jersey Shore Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2001, the National Consortium for Academics and Sports gave Hill its Degree Completion and Outreach and Community Service Honor Award. He currently serves on the Catholic Community Services Board of Directors. As an undergraduate, Hill won three letters in basketball at Rutgers and co-captained the 1971-72 team. His bachelor’s degree from Rutgers is in math education (1972). He holds a master’s in education (Utah, 1974), and a Ph.D. in educational administration (Utah, 1982). His wife Kathy, a faculty member in the U.’s Department of Special Education in severe disabilities, received the 2010 College of Education Service Award and the 2012 ASUU Student Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching. They have two children, Aly and Christopher; two granddaughters, Addie and Lily, and a grandson, Jack. Aly played soccer for the University of Oregon and has a master’s degree in social work from Utah. She is a social worker and teacher for students with disabilities in the Salt Lake City School District. Christopher has a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication and a law degree from the U.’s S.J. Quinney School of Law. He is employed by the Pac-12 Enterprises in San Francisco and is engaged to Darci Motoki.


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David W. Pershing, Ph.D UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT - 1ST YEAR David W. Pershing proudly celebrates more than three decades of service to the University of Utah. Named Utah’s 15th President in 2012, President Pershing serves as the university’s chief executive leading a diverse team of faculty and staff at one of the world’s top research universities. President Pershing joined the University of Utah as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1977. He was named a Presidential Young Investigator by the National Science Foundation in 1984, became Dean of the College of Engineering in 1987, and named a Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1995. In 1998, Dr. Pershing was named Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs responsible for approximately 1,000 faculty and 25,000

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Kristine Gross

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students in the colleges of the main campus. Now as President, Dr. Pershing continues his commitment to the undergraduate experience with new initiatives and programs aimed at enriching academic excellence on campus. A gifted teacher and prolific researcher, President Pershing is the recipient of the University of Utah’s Distinguished Teaching and Distinguished Research Awards and the U’s Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence. He has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, won more than 20 research grants totaling approximately $60 million, and earned five patents. He was named Engineering Educator of the Year by the Utah Engineering Council in 2002 and is a winner of the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology. He was director of the University of Utah’s Center for Simulation of Accidental Fires and Explosions, fueled by a $40 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. President Pershing holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, both in chemical engineering.

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President David W. Pershing spoke at the Utah Athletics “Invest in Excellence” kickoff event in April of 2012.

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UTAH’S CURRENT HOME... The George S. Eccles Tennis Center is Utah’s indoor playing facility. The center, located southeast of Rice-Eccles Stadium, helped bring Utah’s tennis program to the forefront of the collegiate tennis world. The Eccles Tennis Center features eight courts and a seating capacity of 1,500 (below). It also contains men’s and women’s locker rooms, and has designated dressing rooms for both home and visiting teams. ETC’s most recent renovation was the addition of a players’ lounge (bottom right), featuring leather sofas, a flat-screen television and a study area. The lounge provides Utah’s men’s and women’s tennis athletes with an area to study, relax and socialize off the court.

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...AND A NEW FACILITY IN SIGHT In the spring of 2012, the University of Utah announced its plans to build six outdoor tennis courts with elevated seating for spectators, directly west of the indoor George S. Eccles Tennis Center, with an estimated value of $2 million. “The addition of a new outdoor tennis stadium is a big step forward for our program,” said head men’s tennis coach FD Robbins. “In order for us to be competitive in the Pac-12 Conference we need to have a facility that is Pac-12 worthy,” coach Robbins continued. The new outdoor tennis center will feature lights, electronic scoreboards and a web based video streaming capacity allowing for fans from all over the world to watch Utah Tennis live online. A seating capacity has not yet been announced. Included in the project are updates to the current 1500-seat capacity indoor Eccles Tennis Center. Those upgrades include enhanced locker rooms for varsity athletes and an improved team Hall of Fame and Recognition Area to celebrate the rich history of Utah Tennis.

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SALT LAKE CITY The Best City

• Fifth-best City for the Next Decade, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine • Third-Best Best City for Jobs, Forbes Magazine • 237 days of sunshine per year • 15 percent average humidity • Host city for the 2002 Winter Olympics

Entertainment

• Nine ski resorts within an hour’s drive • Home to the Sundance Film Festival • Five professional sports franchises • Symphony, opera, theater and dance

Salt Lake International Airport • Five minutes from downtown • Ranked third-best in the U.S. by Zagat.com • 23rd-busiest airport in the U.S. • Delta Airlines hub

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Salt Lake City, home to the University of Utah and the state’s capital city, offers an unrivaled blend of metropolitan life and recreational opportunities. With 186,440 residents, Salt Lake City is the largest city in the state and its metro population of 1,124,197 ranks in the top 50 in the United States. Yet Salt Lake City maintains the charm of a small western city. Employment opportunities, culture, quality of life and recreation are some of the reasons why Salt Lake City is consistently named one of the nation’s best cities. In the June 2010 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, Salt Lake City was No. 5 on its list of the “10 Best Cities for the Next Decade.” Forbes Magazine ranked Salt Lake City the third-best big city for jobs and fourth-best city for tech jobs in May 2012. The magazine also recognized Utah as the “Best State for Business and Careers” for the second straight year in 2011. Men’s Fitness magazine named Salt Lake the “Fittest City in the Nation” in 2009. Nestled between the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountain ranges and the Great Salt Lake, the city is located in one of the most picturesque places on earth. The lowest point within city boundaries is 4,210 feet near the Great Salt Lake, and the highest is Grandview Peak at 9,410 feet. The Great Salt Lake (48 miles wide and 90 miles long) is the world’s second largest saltwater lake and the largest lake in the western United States. The city is the cultural, financial, educational, technological,

commercial and communications hub of the Intermountain West. Utah was named the most technologically advanced state in the 2008 Digital States Survey and rated as one of the top 10 most socially networked cities in America. Salt Lake is also home to world-renowned medical and technology industries. Cultural and ethnic activities flourish in Salt Lake City and its vibrant downtown features dining, shopping, music and ethnic festivals, art galleries, professional symphony, opera, theater and dance. The annual Sundance Film Festival, which is the largest independent film festival in the U.S., attracts movie stars, celebrities and thousands of film buffs to the area every year. According to P3/Production Update Magazine, Utah is one of the “10 Best States in the Nation for Film.” Professional sports franchises in Salt Lake City include the Utah Jazz (NBA), Real Salt Lake (Major League Soccer), Salt Lake Bees (AAA baseball), Utah Blaze (Arena Football) and Utah Grizzlies (East Coast Hockey League).


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Founded in 1850 Research I University Top 100 world ranking 190 majors (undergraduate/graduate) 2007 Nobel Prize winner Mario Cappechi

THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH Ranked among the top 100 universities in the world, the University of Utah is renowned for its research expertise, academic performance and athletic prowess. The U., which has earned a top-tier ranking from the Academic Ranking of World Universities for eight consecutive years, became a member of the Pac-12 Conference on July 1, 2011. Founded in 1850, the University of Utah encompasses 1,500 acres in the foothills of the towering Wasatch Mountains. Located just minutes from downtown Salt Lake City and world-class ski resorts, its campus combines an eclectic mix of teaching and research facilities in a park-like setting of trees, fountains, flowering malls and pedestrian walkways with incomparable views of the Salt Lake valley. Home to a student population of over 30,000, the U. offers some 100 undergraduate and 90 graduate majors. Many of the U.’s programs are nationally ranked, including law, pharmacy, architecture, business, engineering and dance. Students come from all 50 states and many foreign countries. Utah ranks among the top public research universities in the nation, with particular distinction in medicine, genetics and engineering. In 2009-10, the University received a record-setting $451 million in external funding for research. University of Utah geneticist Mario R. Capecchi, one of many acclaimed faculty members, received the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for his work on gene targeting. In each of the past two years, the University has led the nation in the number of spin-off companies started with University-developed research or technology. The U. has launched 125 new startups over the past six years. The U. was honored at the 2012 Utah Genius Awards

for most U.S. patents of any company (49), and faculty member Stephen Jacobsen of the Department of Mechanical Engineering won the lifetime achievement award. In 2010, University of Utah Health Care was ranked No. 1 in quality in the nation among academic medical centers. The Eccles Institute of Human Genetics is one of several innovative medical programs at the U. Others include the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the Moran Eye Center and the Brain Institute. The U.’s David Eccles School of Business has joined the U.S. News & World Report list of the top 10 most-popular business schools in the nation. The U. is also noted for its work in technology and computer sciences. The University’s School of Computing was founded in 1965, and began a pioneering legacy in computer graphics and visualization that continues today. A lively residential living experience is provided in the beautiful Heritage Commons, which served as the Athletes Village for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Utah students enjoy unparalleled recreational activities, from skiing and snowboarding at any of nine world-class resorts in nearby canyons, to backpacking, mountain biking, fly fishing and river running. The U.’s location in the largest city in the Intermountain West, with a metro population of over one million, allows for an urban experience in a spectacular natural setting. The U. is home to the state’s natural history and fine arts museums, and well as the Pioneer Theatre Company.

TOP 25 IN RESEARCH Utah ranks among the top 25 public research universities in the nation, with particular distinction in medicine, genetics and engineering.

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CAMPUS LIFE Heritage Commons

• Located at the base of the Wasatch Mountains • Picturesque views of Salt Lake City • Served as the Athletes’ Village at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games

A Student Village

• 912,000-square foot complex • 21 buildings • Dining hall, post office, bookstore, copy center • Game and fitness rooms

Staying Connected

• Internet, cable TV and HBO in all rooms • Computer and technology labs

Easy Access

• Free campus shuttles • Free TRAX light rail and city bus pass • Ample, nearby parking

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The University of Utah residence halls are located in a magnificent mountain setting. Heritage Commons, a living-learning community of 2,500 students, opened in 2000. It served as the Athletes Village during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The residential complex is the heart of campus activity and has a vibrant, energetic atmosphere. Situated in historic Fort Douglas on 70 acres of land, the 912,000-square foot residential complex boasts picturesque views of Salt Lake City and the surrounding mountain ranges. Heritage Commons consists of 21 buildings—20 residential and one for dining and support services. Eight of the buildings are apartment style, with 235 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Each residence hall has an advanced telecommunications system (voice, video and data), Internet and cable TV connections, HBO in every room, a large community lounge, study rooms, indoor bike storage and a kitchenette on every floor. Other amenities include game and exercise rooms and computer labs. The Chase N. Peterson Heritage Center houses a dining facility that seats 600, a convenience store, computer and technology

labs, fitness and game rooms, multipurpose rooms, a mail center and more. The student village also contains a University Bookstore branch, University Copy Center and the University Guest House— an on-campus hotel. Transportation is another benefit of Heritage Commons. A U of U parking permit allows residents to park near their hall, although a car is not necessary. Free campus shuttles run every 10 minutes and the Utah Transit Authority and light rail (TRAX), free to U. students, traverse 21 routes to and from campus. TRAX extends to downtown Salt Lake and outlying areas, with an airport spur in the works. The residence halls are also easily accessible to main campus by foot and are connected via the George S. Eccles 2002 Legacy Bridge.


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ACADEMICS The Kenneth P. Burbidge Jr. Family Athletics Academic Center, which opened in May of 2001, is a national-class academic facility. Reserved for Utah’s varsity student-athletes, the Burbidge Center is known for its aesthetics, technology offerings and academic service.

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The 11,000-square-foot facility is a campus landmark by virtue of its two-story, floor-to-ceiling curved glass wall. Its location is ideal for the population it serves: situated between the HPER complex and the Huntsman Center, the Burbidge Center is central to classrooms and athletic venues. The full-service academic facility is utilized by all 18 varsity Utah athletic teams and was underwritten by a generous $2 million gift from the Kenneth P. Burbidge Jr. family. The center consolidates Utah’s athletic-academic efforts via computer labs, study space and academic counseling, while also providing a social gathering place for the student-athletes. Housed in the building are the academic services, compliance and nutrition departments, and the award-winning NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills program. The mission of the Burbidge Family Athletics Academic Center is to provide an integrated learning environment that will enhance the academic and personal development of all student-athletes. The objective is to accommodate the diverse needs and schedules of Utah’s student-athletes through a wide range of individual and group support services, computer technologies and independent study opportunities.

• 11,000 square feet • Computer Lab • Student-Athlete Lounge • Conference room • Life Skills/ Career Resource Center • Tutoring Rooms • Study Table • Academic Advising Offices • Compliance Department

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STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING The $1.5 million facility opened in the summer of 2009 with the lead gift of $500,000 pledged by Ute Heisman Trophy Finalist and 2005 NFL No. 1 Draft pick Alex Smith. At 17,000 square feet, it is one of the largest college strength and conditioning facilities in the nation. 26

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Conference History

U TA H WO M E N ’ S T E N N I S of Arizona and Arizona State University were admitted and the Pacific-10 Conference became a reality. In 1986-87, the league took on a new look, expanding to include 10 women’s sports. Currently, the Pac-12 sponsors 11 men’s and 11 women’s sports. Edwin N. Atherton was named the Conference’s first Commissioner in 1940. He has been succeeded by Victor O. Schmidt (1944), Thomas J. Hamilton (1959), Wiles Hallock (1971), Thomas C. Hansen (1983) and current Commissioner Larry Scott (2009). The Pac-12 Conference offices are located 25 miles east of San Francisco in Walnut Creek, Calif.

With more than 120 Nobel Laureates across all of its campuses and the first ever to reach 450 NCAA Championships, the Pac-12 Conference is synonymous with both academic excellence and athletic success, having earned the nickname the “Conference of Champions.” The Pac-12 opened a new chapter its long and storied history on July 1, 2011 with the addition of the University of Utah and the University of Colorado. The roots of the Pac-12 Conference go back more than 80 years “Conference of Champions” to December 15, 1915, when the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) was The Pac-12 Conference won nine NCAA titles during the 2011-12 founded at a meeting at the Oregon Hotel in Portland, Ore. Original academic year, the most by any conference. It marks the 11th time in membership consisted of four schools: the University of California the last 12 years—and the 46th time in 52 years—the Pac-12 has led at Berkeley, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, or tied all conferences in NCAA championships won. and Oregon State College (now Oregon State University). All still are California swept the men’s and women’s swimming titles, charter members of the Conference. Stanford won the women’s soccer and women’s water polo crowns, Pacific Coast Conference play began in 1916. One year later, and USC captured NCAA championships in men’s water polo and Washington State College (now Washington State University) was men’s tennis. Other NCAA crowns came from Oregon in women’s accepted into the Conference, and Stanford University joined in 1918. indoor track & field, UCLA in women’s volleyball and Arizona in In 1922, the PCC expanded to eight teams with the admission of the baseball. University of Southern California and the University of Idaho. The The Pac-12 championship tradition includes 451 all-time team University of Montana joined the Conference in 1924, and in 1928, titles won by league institutions, with 306 men’s titles and 145 the PCC grew to 10 members with the addition of UCLA. women’s championships. The Pac-12, by far, leads all conferences The Pacific Coast Conference competed as a 10-team league until with nearly 200 more championships than the next closest conference 1950, with the exception of 1943-45, when World War II curtailed (Big Ten). intercollegiate athletic competition to a minimum. In 1950, Montana The moniker “Conference of resigned from the Conference Champions®” has been earned by the and joined the Mountain States number of titles, but also the depth Conference. The PCC continued as a of success. Pac-12 teams have won nine-team Conference through 1958. championships in 27 of the 37 Division In 1959, the PCC was dissolved I sports the NCAA sponsors and has and a new Conference was formed— reached double digit titles in 19 of the Athletic Association of Western those sports. Universities. Original AAWU The Learfield Director’s Cup, membership consisted of California, presented annually to the country’s Stanford, Southern California, UCLA, top intercollegiate athletic program, and Washington. Washington State was awarded to Stanford for a record became a member in 1962, while 18th consecutive year in 2011-12. The Oregon and Oregon State joined in Utah Athletics Director Dr. Chris Hill (left) and U. Interim President Pac-12 placed four institutions in the 1964. In 1968, the name Pacific-8 Dr. Lorris Betz (center) present Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott (right) top 10, with UCLA (4th), USC (6th) and Conference was adopted. Ten years with a Utah No. 12 jersey on Pac-12 Day, celebrated July 1, 2011 on the California (7th) joining the Cardinal. later, on July 1, 1978, the University front steps of the Utah State Capitol.

NCAA Team Titles won By Pac-12 Institutions Men’s Women’s Total UCLA 71 37 108 Stanford 61 42 103 USC 82 14 96 California 26 6 32 Arizona State 11 12 23 Colorado 20 8 *22 Utah 11 19 *20 Oregon 13 7 20 Arizona 7 11 18 Washington - 6 6 Oregon State 3 - 3 Washington State 2 - 2 * Utah has won 10 NCAA skiing championships (9 combined and 1 men’s). Colorado has won 17 NCAA skiing titles (6 combined and 11 men’s). Note: Does not include football championships, which the NCAA does not officially designate. Various polls and systems have been used to determine football champions. USC claims 10 titles, California 5, Washington 2, and Stanford and UCLA 1 each.

Pac-12 NCAA Team Titles By Sport Men’s Women’s Baseball 27 Basketball 16 4 Boxing 4 Cross Country 11 11 Golf 14 14 Gymnastics 13 15 Rowing - 6 Skiing *27 *15 Soccer 4 2 Softball - 23 Swimming 23 13 Tennis 52 19 Indoor Track 5 7 Outdoor Track 45 6 Volleyball 25 14 Water Polo 39 12 Wrestling 1 * Utah has won 10 NCAA skiing championships (9 combined and 1 men’s). Colorado has won 17 NCAA skiing titles (6 combined and 11 men’s).

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