Nevada Slips Past Boise State In Opening Round Of 2015 Mountain West Women's Tennis Championship
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – No. 7 seed Nevada took the doubles point, built on that momentum and got solid play from its top four singles players as the Wolf Pack took down the No. 10 Boise State Broncos 4-2 to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2015 Mountain West Women’s Tennis Championship on Friday at 6 p.m. MT, where the host New Mexico Lobos await. The 2015 MW Tennis Championships are being held at the McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium.
Down a match in doubles, Nevada bounced back to take the doubles point with a pair of 7-5 wins, including No. 1 doubles where Blaga Delic and Shiela Morales Hidalgo broke Boise State’s serve at 5-5 and then served out the clincher for the double point.
Nevada dropped the No. 5 and No. 6 singles matches to briefly go down 2-1, but Delic finished off Bobbi O’Shiro 6-3, 6-1 to level the match at 2. From there Nevada’s two Shielas, Smiley and Morales Hidalgo won their matches, with Morales Hidalgo winning 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 and Smiley going 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-2. However, head coach Guillaume Tonelli felt it was the one match that didn’t finish, at No. 2 singles, that was the key.
“I thought the key match was No. 2, because Juliette (Legendre) played well and so that allowed Shiela and She-She (Shiela Smiley) to play without the pressure of having to win their match,” said Tonelli. Upon having to face the home team on Friday night. “It will be a little louder, but our match in the regular season will be really close. I’m glad we got this one out of the way and I’m looking forward to Friday night.”
Nevada improved to 9-10 overall, while Boise State ends its season at 9-13.
Notes: Every match of the Mountain West Tennis Championships is available on the Mountain West Network, powered by Campus Insiders. Download the Mountain West app to your phone or tablet to catch all the action … despite the limited Mountain West histories of the two programs (both joined the league in the 2012-13 season), the two teams had faced each other once before in the tournament, with the Wolf Pack winning 4-2 in the 2013 quarterfinals … Nevada has now won its opening match in all three years it has played in the Mountain West Tournament … The Wolf Pack’s all-time tournament record is now 3-2.