San José State Overcomes Weather, Utah State 4-1 In 2015 Mountain West Women's Tennis Championship Quarterfinal
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An hour delay, a start outside, a rain delay, a move across the street and a restart didn’t faze third-seeded San José State, who defeated Utah State 4-1 in the 2015 Mountain West Women’s Tennis Championship quarterfinals.
The Spartans, ranked No. 62 in the ITA rankings, will face the winner of No. 7 Nevada/No. 2 New Mexico at 6 p.m. MT on Saturday in the semifinals. Due to inclement weather, Friday’s match was played in the Linda Estes Tennis Indoor Center instead of the McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium at the University of New Mexico.
The match started an hour late at the McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium as the teams warmed up under warm sunshine, but a storm cell moved in out of nowhere and in the second game of all three doubles, the skies opened up. After a 15-minute delay, the two teams moved back across the street indoors, just beating a massive hailstorm.
None of that seemed to bother the Spartans, who quietly went about their business. They took the doubles point with a 7-5 win at No. 2 by Malin Cubukcu and Sybille Gauvain after a 6-0 blanking by teammates Abbie Pahz and Julianna Bacelar.
From there, San José State got wins by Gaelle Rey, Pahz and Bacelar in the clincher to offset a Utah State win at No. 1 singles by McKenzie Davis.
“This was a hard match, with a lot of adversity,” said SJSU head coach Sylvain Malroux. “Our team goes about its business and I’m really proud of them, especially with the altitude and the weather and changing courts.”
Bacelar, who picked up a win and doubles, and then the clinching singles, at one point late in her match after a winner down the line walked back to her baseline, looking at her teammates on the sidelines with a knowing wink.
“I get my strength to play from my teammates,” said Bacelar. “They motivate me.”
San José State improved to 14-6 on the season and Utah State ended its season at 14-11.
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 … San José State will be making its first ever Mountain West semifinal appearance on Saturday … the two unfinished matches were both getting ready to serve for match point, one for each team, when Bacelar clinched for the Spartans.