USU tandem ranked 7th, 13th in final ITA rankings

Utah State Women's Tennis vs. Idaho State

LOGAN, Utah – Sophomore McKenzie Davis and senior Jaci West concluded a strong season with the Utah State women’s tennis team, earning a spot in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) final Mountain Region rankings; it was announced Thursday.

In the final Mountain Region rankings, Davis, a Salt Lake City native, was ranked No. 13 in the final singles rankings. Both Davis and West, a LaQuinta, Calif., native, were ranked No. 7 in the final Mountain Region doubles rankings.

Davis, who played at the No. 1 singles spot, completed the season with a 23-6 overall record and a stellar 14-4 mark in dual matches. The doubles duo of Davis and West also played at the No. 1 spot in 2013. The pair ended the season with a 13-6 overall record and a 7-5 record in dual-match play.

In the singles rankings, Davis was one of only three players in the Western Athletic Conference to earn Mountain Region honors along with Denver’s Sophie Bergner (No. 7) and Caroline Schnell (No. 14). Davis also joined four other players from the Beehive State. Utah had three players in the final ranking, led by Tereza Bekerova, who was No 2. BYU’s Desiree Tran was the only Cougar, earning the No. 19 ranking.

On the doubles side, Davis and West were one of only two pairs from the WAC along with the Pioneer duo of Bergner and Steffi Rath, who were No. 3. There were two other Beehive State doubles teams ranked, including the Utah’s Bekerova and Paige Miles, who held the top spot in the region. BYU’s team of Meghan Sheehan-Dizon and Nicholette Tran were No. 6 just ahead of the Aggie duo.

The Aggie women’s tennis team is now under the direction of Sean McInerney, who has spent the past four years as the head women’s tennis coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He earned Horizon League Coach of the Year honors the past two seasons as he led the Panthers to back-to-back third-place conference finishes and its best two-year league win total in school history with 10 victories.

Utah State completed its final season in the Western Athletic Conference in April with a 5-2 loss to Idaho in the WAC Tournament held in Denver, Colo.

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