No. 1 Seed Women's Tennis Upset In MW Title Match

April 28, 2013

USAF Academy, Colo. -


Sunday morning brought an upset to the top-seeded San Diego State women's tennis team. Playing in their fifth Mountain West title match, the No. 39 Aztecs saw their 15-match win streak come to an end and lost the guaranteed bid to the NCAA Tournament. SDSU was upset by second seed UNLV, the 63rd-ranked team in the nation, by a score of 4-1.

The Rebels took an early lead in the final match of the championship by claiming the doubles point. Lucia Batta and Nives Pavlovic got past Laura Antonana Iriarte and Michela Casanova in first doubles, 8-5. UNLV clinched the point with a win by Aleksandra Josifoska and Janine Erasmus topped Julia Wais and Kristin Buth, 8-2. Despite dropping the first point of the match, the Aztecs saw Alicia Aguilar and Isabelle Hoorn notch a win in second doubles over Ella Bourchier and Iren Kotseva, 8-3.

UNLV extended its lead as 83rd-ranked Lucia Batta defeated Aguilar in the second slot, 6-3, 6-3. Freshman Tami Nguyen got SDSU on the board with a victory in fifth singles, over Bourchier, 6-1, 6-2. On court No. 6, Kotseva brought the Rebels within one point of a win by getting past Casanova, 6-3, 7-5. The conference championships would come down to first singles as 35th-ranked Josifoska clashed with all-Mountain West singles team honree, Wais. The two would spilt the first two sets with Josifoska ultimately taking the match and sealing the win for UNLV, 6-4, 0-6, 6-3.

Despite dropping the league final, the Aztecs enjoyed one of the most successful seasons in nearly two decades. San Diego State posted 22 wins, matching only one other as fruitful campaign, which came in the 2003 season which was the last time since 1994 when it posted as many victories. SDSU clinched its first outright regular season title since 2002 and in addition to the team's 15-match win streak, junior Laura Antonana Iriarte stayed in the win column for a team and season-high 13-straight singles matches.