SDSU Finishes MW Action at UNLV Saturday
April 12, 2012
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's tennis team will wrap up Mountain West regular-season action on Saturday when it faces No. 51 UNLV at the Lady Rebels' Fertitta Tennis Complex. First serve is scheduled for 10 a.m. PT.
SDSU heads into the conference finale with a chance to earn a share of the regular-season if they can defeat UNLV (14-8; 4-2 MW). The Aztecs (9-11 overall) are 5-1 in league play and in second place behind TCU, which is 6-0 in the MW. San Diego State would need to down the Lady Rebels and have New Mexico beat TCU in Fort Worth in order to secure a share of the regular-season title. The UNM-TCU match is set for 10 a.m. CT on Saturday.
A win at UNLV would lock up the No. 2 seed at the Mountain West Championship, April 26-29, at Aztec Tennis Center. It would also give San Diego State a 6-1 record within the conference, which would match its best league record since finishing 6-1 in 2003. Since 2002, when SDSU finished conference action with an unblemished 7-0 record, the Aztecs have won at least six matches on five different occasions. In each of those five seasons, SDSU went through the MW and finished with a 6-2 mark.
The Aztecs are looking to rebound from a 5-2 non-conference loss to San Diego on Wednesday at Aztec Tennis Center. SDSU and USD were even at 2-2, but the Toreros finished the afternoon by winning the final three singles matches, two of which were three-setters, to claim the decision.
Junior Julia Wais and freshman Kristin Buth provided San Diego State with its two points vs. San Diego, which allowed them to extend a pair of lengthy singles winning streaks. Wais, the Aztecs' No. 1 singles player, was victorious for a career-best 10th consecutive time and her straight-sets win marked the ninth straight time in which she won in that fashion. Buth, meanwhile, captured her fourth victory in a row when she won at No. 6.
SDSU visits UNLV for the second time this season. Earlier during the campaign, the Aztecs faced TCU and New Mexico at UNLV and split the two matches, losing to the Horned Frogs before beating the Lobos.
The Lady Rebels have been a thorn in San Diego State's side having defeated the Aztecs 10 straight times. UNLV leads the all-time series with SDSU, 15-10.
Following the trip to Las Vegas, San Diego State will close the regular season at home with a pair of matches. The Aztecs will play host to San Francisco on Monday, April 16, at 2 p.m. PT, before welcoming Cal State Northridge to Montezuma Mesa on Senior Day, Saturday, April 21, at 9 a.m. PT. The CSUN match was recently added to the slate to take the place of the Hawai'i match that was rained out on Feb. 13.