Lobos Came Close in Pulling Upset Against UNLV
April 1, 2012
LAS VEGAS, NEV.—Lobos took quite a toll on the Rebels as they played in their territory with the match lasting over four hours total. The Lobos could not quite pull out the upset but it was certainly a good try with three matches in singles going to three sets. The Lobos fell 6-1 to UNLV.
At number one doubles, Michaela Bezdickova and Maria Sablina were paired up again taking on Pavlovic/Josifoska. The duo were successful this time winning the match 8-5 clinching the doubles point for UNM.
The Lobos came out strong winning doubles and fought equally as hard at singles.
At number one singles, Michaela Bezdickova took on #57 in the country Lucia Batta. The match was a grueling three hours long and Michaela Bezdickova almost came out on top. The first set Michaela Bezdickova came back from being down 5-0 to falling 6-4. She came out on top winning the tiebreak in the second but could not catch up falling 6-3 in the third. The final score was UNLV 6-4, 6-7, 6-3.
Susanna Kuuttila fell at the number two spot Aleksandra Josifoska with a score of 6-1, 6-3.
Kristin Eggleston gained three games off of Nives Pavlovic but it was not enough falling 6-1, 6-2 at the number three position.
Maria Sablina played at the number four spot falling to Manon De Lanlay with a score of 6-2, 6-4.
At number five singles, Alyssa Caffey put up a strong fight the entire match against Anett Ferenczi-Bako also lasting three hours. The two fought it out in a close first set with UNM dropping the set 7-6. Alyssa Caffey came back from being down 3-0 in the second winning the set 7-6 in a tiebreak. She couldn’t keep the momentum up with Ferenczi-Bako getting the better of her winning the match for UNLV 7-6, 6-7, 6-3.
At the number six spot, Nikolina Grbac took it also to three sets against Ella Bourchier. Nikolina Grbac won the first set in a close tiebreak of 7-6. She dropped the next two sets only by two games keeping the match close the entire time. The final score was UNLV 6-7, 7-5, 6-4.
It was a grueling match lasting over four hours with moments full of suspense and momentum changes as reflected in the scores.
“We played 10 times better today. There was a moment when we split at number one and number five singles and early in the third set at the number six spot,” Head Coach Roy Canada said. “It looked like we were going to win the whole thing. UNLV beat the number 12 team in the nation and a couple of points here and there and we could have come up with upset. I am very proud of our team’s fight and heart.”
The Lobos will play again on April 1st against San Diego State in Las Vegas, Nevada at 10 a.m. MT.