Lady Rebels Fight Off Air Force
April 21, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) - Senior Ella Bourchier rallied to win her singles match on court five to give the 61st-ranked UNLV women's tennis team a 4-3 neutral-site victory over Air Force to close out the regular season on Sunday at the CSU Tennis Center.
The Lady Rebels improved to 16-7 overall and closed their Mountain West schedule at 6-2.
Finally getting to play outdoors after the weather cleared did not help UNLV in doubles play as the Falcons took all three matches to earn a 1-0 lead.
In singles play, UNLV got three quick points to take control. Aleksandra Josifoska, ranked 37th in the nation, whitewashed Christina Molina at the No. 1 position, 6-0, 6-0; while Lucia Batta, ranked 82nd, flew by Tiffany Tran, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 2. Both Josifoska (30-7 overall) and Batta (32-5) finished undefeated against MW opponents for the second consecutive season and marked only the third time in school history that UNLV saw two players reach the 30-win mark in the same season.
The third Rebel point came on court six where freshman Iren Kotseva breezed past Anastasia Hueffner 6-2, 6-0. AFA would eventually take two three-set matches but Bourchier clinched it by downing Mary Myers 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.
After returning home, UNLV will head right back to the Centennial State for the Mountain West Championships, which start Thursday in Colorado Springs.
UNLV WOMEN'S TENNIS RESULTS #61 UNLV 4, AIR FORCE 3 April 21, 2013, at Fort Collins, CO (CSU Tennis Complex)
Singles competition 1. #37 Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV) def. Christine Molina (AFA) 6-0, 6-0 2. #82 Lucia Batta (UNLV) def. Tiffany Tran (AFA) 6-3, 6-2 3. Hannah Dake (AFA) def. Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 4. Natasha Rizvi (AFA) def. Janine Erasmus (UNLV) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 5. Ella Bourchier (UNLV) def. Mary Myers (AFA) 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 6. Iren Kotseva (UNLV) def. Anastasia Hueffner (AFA) 6-2, 6-0 Doubles competition 1. Hannah Dake/Melissa Cecil (AFA) def. Lucia Batta/Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) 9-7 2. Christine Molina/Natasha Rizvi (AFA) def. Janine Erasmus/Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV) 8-6 3. Marcelli Magday/Tiffany Tran (AFA) def. Iren Kotseva/Ella Bourchier (UNLV) 9-8