Netters Reach MW Semifinals For 12th Straight Year
April 26, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UNLVRebels.com) - After losing a hotly contested doubles point, the 65th-ranked and second-seeded UNLV women's tennis team responded by winning four quick singles matches to down host Air Force 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Championships Friday at the USAFA Courts.
The Lady Rebels, who also beat the Falcons last Sunday to end the regular season, improved to 17-7 overall while seventh-seeded Air Force ended its season at 13-11.
The hosts took a 1-0 lead after winning two tight doubles matches. UNLV's lone win came at the top of the lineup as Lucia Batta and Nives Pavlovic doubled up Melissa Cecil and Hannah Dake 8-4.
In singles play, UNLV saw newly named conference player of the year Aleksandra Josifoska, ranked 35th in the nation, sweep Christine Molina 6-1, 7-5 to up her overall record as a junior to 31-7. Batta, ranked 83rd, improved to a perfect 23-0 in dual matches with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Tiffany Tran on court two. Her 33-5 overall record moved Batta into a tie for fourth on the program's single-season list. Senior Nives Pavlovic contributed a point with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Dake at No. 3 and freshman Iren Kotseva rolled past Anastasia Hueffner on court six, 6-1, 6-4.
UNLV, which has now reached at least the semifinals at this event for the 12th consecutive season, will look to avenge a 4-2 loss to Wyoming last weekend by meeting the Cowgirls on Saturday at 9 a.m. PT. Wyoming, seeded sixth, upset third-seeded Fresno State today by the score of 4-3. Top-seeded San Diego State and fourth-seeded Nevada, Reno will meet in Saturday's other semifinal. The championship is scheduled for Sunday at 9 a.m. PT.
MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS Women's Quarterfinals #65 (2) UNLV 4, (7) AIR FORCE 1 April 26, 2013, at Colorado Springs, CO (USAFA Tennis Courts)
Singles competition 1. #35 Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV) def. Christine Molina (AF) 6-1, 7-5 2. #83 Lucia Batta (UNLV) def. Tiffany Tran (AF) 6-2, 6-0 3. Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) def. Hannah Dake (AF) 6-4, 6-4 4. Natasha Rizvi (AF) vs. Janine Erasmus (UNLV) 5-7, 4-2 unfinished 5. Mary Meyers (AF) vs. Ella Bourchier (UNLV) 6-4, 5-5 unfinished 6. Iren Kotseva (UNLV) def. Anastasia Hueffner (AF) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition 1. Lucia Batta/Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) def. Melissa Cecil/Hannah Dake (AF) 8-4 2. Christine Molina/Natasha Rizvi (AF) def. Janine Erasmus/Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV) 9-8 (7-5) 3. Tiffany Tran/Marcelli Magday (AF) def. Ella Bourchier/Iren Kotseva (UNLV) 9-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,6,3,1)