Women's Tennis Continues MW Action in Las Vegas
March 27, 2012
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State continues Mountain West action this weekend in Las Vegas where it will face No. 45 TCU and New Mexico at Fertitta Tennis Complex on the campus of UNLV. The TCU match is set for Saturday, while the clash with UNM is slated for Sunday. Both contests are scheduled for 10 a.m. PT starts.
The Aztecs (6-9; 2-0 Mountain West) enter the weekend tied atop the conference standings with the Horned Frogs (9-5; 2-0 MW). The Lobos, meanwhile, are 7-7 on the season and 0-2 in league.
SDSU, winners of two straight and four of its last five, is coming off a pair of solid wins. In the Mountain West opener at Aztec Tennis Center, San Diego State shut out Colorado State, 7-0, before upsetting No. 61 Wyoming, 5-2, the next day.
Singles action has been a struggle in 2012, but the Aztecs turned their fortunes around by winning 11 of 12 decisions last weekend. Of the 11 singles victories, 10 were in completed in straight-sets fashion. Doubles continued to be solid for San Diego State as it swept all three matches vs. CSU and pocketed a win vs. Wyoming's nationally ranked duo.
Individually, five Aztecs carry winning streaks in singles play. Julia Wais has won a team-high five in a row and Laura Antonana Iriarte has been victorious in four straight outings. Alicia Aguilar, Kristin Buth and Sierra Ellison, meanwhile, have all won two consecutive matches. In doubles, Sierra Ellison and Roxanne Ellison have won three straight and are 7-3 in their last 10 matches.
SDSU goes into its date with TCU having won the last two regular-season meetings and two of the last three overall. A year ago, the Aztecs downed the Horned Frogs, 5-2, in Albuquerque. In 2010, San Diego State earned a 4-3 victory in Las Vegas before falling to TCU in the MWC championship match, 4-3, which was also in Las Vegas. In eight all-time get-togethers, SDSU is 3-5 vs. the Frogs.
The Aztecs boast a 19-10 all-time record vs. Sunday's opponent, New Mexico. San Diego State has won three straight vs. the Lobos, including two consecutive 6-1 decisions, one of which occurred in Las Vegas in 2010. SDSU's last defeat in the series, however, happened in Sin City as UNM emerged with a 4-3 win in 2008.
After its trip to Las Vegas, San Diego State will return to action on April 7, when it faces Boise State at the United States Air Force Academy.