Fresno State, New Mexico Advance To 2014 MW Women's Tennis Championship Final
FRESNO, Calif. – The 2014 Mountain West Women’s Tennis Championship final is set after No. 1 Fresno State and No. 2 New Mexico won its respective semifinal contests on April 26 at the Sierra Sport & Racquet Club in Fresno, Calif.
The Bulldogs (15-8) and Lobos (17-7) will square off in Sunday’s championship match, which is scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. PT start. It will be both teams’ third match in 24 hours, as both won quarterfinal matches Saturday morning before returning to the courts for the evening’s semifinal round. Tomorrow’s winner receives the conference’s automatic qualifying bid into the 2014 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship.
New Mexico took home the doubles point with victories in the No. 1 and 3 positions. Rachana Bhat and Susan Baklini won 8-7 (5) at No. 3 over Isabelle Hoorn and Tami Nguyen, while the No. 1 duo of Michaela Bezdickova and Lizette Blankers slipped past Dora Somoacz and Hailey Johnson 8-6 to clinch the point.
In singles play, the Lobos’ Natasha Smith scored a 6-4, 6-2 win against Kennedy Davis at No. 4, while Dominique Dulski won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 5 over Somoacz. Bhat earned the match-clinching point, 6-4, 6-2 over Hoorn.
Nguyen topped Meredith Hopson 6-2, 7-5 at No. 3 and Kristin Booth took down Blankers at the No. 2 position 7-5, 6-1 to earn two points for San Diego State (12-13).
Fresno State, which has now won 11 straight matches, raced out to a 1-0 lead over Wyoming (11-8) by winning the doubles point. The Bulldogs’ Sophie and Anneka Watts won at No. 1 doubles, 8-2 over Veronica Popovici and Dorottya Jonas. Aishwarya Agrawal and Sofya Malysheva turned away Alma Espinoza and Christa Gecheva 8-4 at the No. 2 position.
Sophie Watts won her No. 1 singles match 6-2, 6-1 against Popovici, while Agrawal won 7-6, 6-2 at No. 3 over Silviya Zhelyazkova. Anne Susdorf earned the Bulldogs’ final point of the night with a 6-4, 6-2 win against Espinoza.
Gecheva won the lone point for the Cowgirls with a 6-3, 6-3 victory at No. 4 singles over Malysheva.