Women's Tennis Falls Just Short Vs. Frogs
April 1, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The 51st-ranked UNLV women's tennis team showed that the top half of its lineup is one to be reckoned with this season but fell just short of upsetting No. 45 TCU, 4-3, on a blustery Sunday at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.
The Lady Rebels dropped to 12-8 overall and 2-2 in the Mountain West while the Horned Frogs' escape puts them all alone in first place at 4-0 (12-5 overall).
Moving to singles play, TCU got wins at the bottom two courts to get to three points. That meant UNLV needed to take the top four matches and nearly pulled it off. In a battle of the top ranked singles players in the conference, No. 57 Lucia Batta breezed by No. 67 Stefanie Tan 6-3, 6-0. The sweep improved Batta to 27-8 overall, 17-2 in dual matches and 4-0 in MW action as a sophomore.
The Frogs eventually clinched the victory when Federica Denti outlasted Manon de Lanlay on court four, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. That came before Pavlovic finished off Simona Parajova 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 at No. 3 and Josifoska downed Smith 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 at No. 2 to close the scoring.
The Lady Rebels next head to Colorado Springs where they will face Air Force on Saturday and then take on Boise State in a neutral-site matchup on Sunday.
UNLV WOMEN'S TENNIS RESULTS #45 TCU 4, #51 UNLV 3 April 1, 2012, at Las Vegas (Fertitta Tennis Complex)
Singles competition 1. #57 Lucia Batta (UNLV) def. #67 Stefanie Tan (TCU) 6-3, 6-0 2. Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV) def. Olivia Smith (TCU) 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 3. Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) def. Simona Parajova (TCU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 4. Federica Denti (TCU) def. Manon de Lanlay (UNLV) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 5. Gaby Mastromarino (TCU) def. Anett Ferenczi-Bako (UNLV) 7-5, 6-3 6. Gabi Barbosa (TCU) def. Ella Bourchier (UNLV) 0-6, 6-1, 6-3 Doubles competition 1. Aleksandra Josifoska/Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) def. #79 Olivia Smith/Millie Nichols (TCU) 8-4 2. Kelsey Sundaram/Gabi Barbosa (TCU) def. Lucia Batta/Manon de Lanlay (UNLV) 9-7 3. Gaby Mastromarino/Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Anett Ferenczi-Bako/Ella Bourchier (UNLV) 8-1