Jan. 6, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Junior McKenzie Davis and sophomore Kallie Sperry were ranked sixth in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's mountain region's pre-season doubles rankings after a strong fall season from the duo saw them finish with a 6-2 record, including a run to the quarterfinals of the ITA Mountain Region tournament.
"It is a great testament to what a good fall McKenzie and Kallie had to be ranked so high in the first regional poll of the spring," said head coach Sean McInerney. "I know that they have very high goals as individuals and as a team, and I am looking forward to watching them progress throughout the spring schedule."
Davis and Sperry, both Salt Lake City natives, lead the Aggies into their first season in the Mountain West, and against other regionally-ranked opponents. The MW contains eight of the top 11 doubles tandems, as UNLV's Lucia Batta and Aleksandra Josifoska earned the No. 2 spot, Wyoming's Dorrotya Jonas and Veronica Popovici came in at No. 3, New Mexico's Dominque Dulski and Natasha Smith are No. 4, while teammates Michaela Bezdickova and Lizette Blankers are No. 7. Nevada's Michelle Okhremchuck and Sheila Smiley are No. 8, and Boise State's Morgan Basil and Sandy Vo tied with Air Force's Marcelli Magday and Natasha Rizvi for no. 10.
Batta earned the singles No. 1 ranking, while Okhremchuck takes the No. 2 spot. Josifoska rounds out the MWC's presence in the top five in singles at a No. 3 ranking. Popovici, Jonas, Blankers, Boise State's Teal Bosburgh, Bezdickova and Vo all represent the MW in the top-20, as well.
San Diego State's Laura Iriarte represented the MW on the Southwest regional rankings by earing the No. 18 spot. Fresno State's Sophie Watts earned a No. 15-ranking in the Northwest region to join San José State's Gaelle Rey who came in at no. 18. Rey and Marie Klocker earned the No. 4-spot in the doubles rankings, while Fresno State's Aishwarya Agrawal and Claire Yang came in at No. 7.
Joining Davis and Sperry from the Beehive State are Utah's Tereza Bekerova and Paige Miles, who earned the overall No. 1-spot in the doubles rankings. Bekerova also earned the singles no. 4-ranking, while teammates Sarah Pham came in at No. 5 and Callie Craig was ranked No. 11. BYU's Mayci Jones earned the No. 7-ranking for singles, while her teammate Meghan Sheehan-Dizon came in at No. 14.
The rankings are determined by a computer that awards points based on wins against ranked opponents and other deciding factors.
Utah State begins its first season in the MW under the direction of first-year head coach McInerney, who came to Utah State from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The Aggies open up their spring season on January 31, when they travel to Chicago to face Chicago State.
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