2014 Mountain West Women's Tennis Semifinal Matchups Set
FRESNO, Calif. – Play in the 2014 Mountain West Women’s Tennis Championship resumed on Saturday, a day after steady rainfall wiped out Friday’s scheduled quarterfinal round at the Sierra Sport & Racquet Club in Fresno, Calif.
Due to the postponement, all four quarterfinal contests were played concurrently in the morning, with singles pairings taking the court first. The matchups were No. 1 Fresno State vs. No. 8 UNLV, No. 2 New Mexico vs. No. 7 Nevada, No. 4 Boise State vs. No. 5 Wyoming and No. 3 San Diego State vs. No. 6 San José State.
When the session was complete, New Mexico (16-7) and San Diego State (12-12) advanced to play in one of this evening’s semifinal matches, with Fresno State (14-8) and Wyoming (11-7) to meet in the other. Semifinal contests will begin shortly after the men’s semifinal session has concluded.
Fresno State Rallies Past UNLV 4-3
Fresno State (14-8), the host and top seed, battled back from a 3-1 deficit to take down No. 8 UNLV (11-11) 4-3 and advance to the semifinals.
UNLV, paced by victories at No. 1 and No. 2 singles by Lucia Batta and Aleksandra Josifoska, respectively, took a 2-0 lead, and the Rebels pushed the lead to 3-1 with Santa Shumilina’s 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles over Sofya Malysheva.
The Bulldogs, who have won 10 straight matches and 13 of their last 14 matches, won three of the next four singles matches to force the doubles point. Anneka Watts squeaked past Paola Artiga in three sets at No. 5 singles 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 and Anne Susdorf won in three sets at No. 6 singles against Anett Ferenczi-Bako 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. Aiswharya Agrawal won at No. 3 singles over Iren Kotseva 6-1, 6-2.
In doubles, twin sisters Anneka and Sophie Watts won at No. 1 doubles over Batta and Shumilina 8-3 to claim the match-clinching point. Malysheva and Agrawal also won by an 8-3 score at No. 2 doubles for Fresno State over UNLV’s Artiga and Alexis Garrett.
New Mexico Takes Down Nevada 4-2
Second-seeded New Mexico (16-7) rallied from a 2-0 deficit, winning the No. 3-6 singles matches to earn the 4-2 victory over No. 7 Nevada (12-10).
Rachana Bhat earned the match-clinching point for the Lobos with a 6-4, 7-6 (3) over Monika Magusiak at No. 6 singles. New Mexico’s Meredith Hopson won 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3 singles against Sheila Smiley and the Lobos’ Natasha Smith earned a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Caroline Konigsfeldt at No. 4 singles. Dominique Dulski won her No. 5 contest against Juliette Legendre 6-2, 6-2 to move New Mexico within a point of victory.
Nevada’s Michelle Okhremchuk cruised to a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles over Michaela Bezdickova, while the Wolf Pack’s Sheila Morales Hidalgo took down Lizette Blankers 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2.
San Diego State Defeats San José State 4-2
With victories at No. 1, 3, 5 and 6 singles, No. 3-seed San Diego State (12-12) earned a hard-fought 4-2 victory over No. 6 San José State (12-14). Laura Antonaña Iriarte, the 2013-14 MW Women’s Player of the Year, came back from a set down to defeat Marie Klocker 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. At No. 3 singles, the Aztecs’ Tami Nguyen rolled to a 6-4, 6-1 win against Sabastiani Leon Chao. Isabelle Hoorn secured a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 6 singles versus Justine Deleval 6-3, 6-2 and Dora Somoracz clinched the match at No. 5 singles with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 win over Jessica Willett.
San José State’s Gaelle Rey took down Kristin Buth at No. 2 singles 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 and Julianna Bacelar won 6-1, 6-4 over Kennedy Davis at No. 4 singles.
Wyoming Outlasts Boise State 4-3
In a match that went over six-and-a-half hours, No. 5 Wyoming (11-7) edged out No. 4 Boise State (13-10) 4-3.
The Cowgirls secured the match in doubles play, with victories by Alena Vasilleva and Silviya Zhelyazkova at No. 3 doubles and Dorottya Jonas and Veronica Popovici at No. 1 doubles. Vasilleva and Zhelyazkova claimed the match-clinching point with an 8-5 win over Morgan Basil and Sammie Watson.
In singles play, Popovici won 6-4, 7-6 (5) over Sandy Vo at No. 1 singles, while at No. 4 singles, Vasilleva turned away Basil 6-4, 7-5. At No. 6 singles, Alma Espinoza dropped the first set to Watson 6-0, but fought back to win set two in a tiebreaker 7-6 (4) and clinched the match in set three, 7-5.