Aztecs Set to Play Host to MW Tennis Championship

April 23, 2012

SAN DIEGO - For the first time since 2006, San Diego State (10-13; 5-2 MW) will play host to the Mountain West Women's Tennis Championship. The tournament is set for April 26-29, at Aztec Tennis Center, where third-seeded SDSU is slated to face sixth-seeded New Mexico (8-12; 1-6 MW) in the quarterfinal round on Thursday at 2 p.m. PT.

TCU, the 2012 MW regular-season champions, is the tournament's top seed and will receive a bye into the semifinal round as a result of an odd number of teams in the field. Boise State will not participate this season due to a postseason ban from its time in the Western Athletic Conference. UNLV, SDSU and Wyoming all finished the campaign in a tie for second place. The Lady Rebels, however, are the No. 2 seed as a result of its win over San Diego State. The Aztecs are the No. 3 seed thanks to their victory over Wyoming. The Cowgirls, meanwhile, are set at No. 4. The rest of the field shakes out like this: No. 5 Air Force, No. 6 New Mexico, No. 7 Colorado State.

No. 4 Wyoming and No. 5 Air Force will kick-off the tournament at 10 a.m. PT on Thursday and will be followed by No. 2 UNLV-No. 7 Colorado State and No. 3 San Diego State-No. 6 New Mexico at 2 p.m. PT. The WYO-AFA winner will move on to face top-seeded TCU on Saturday at 2 p.m. PT as will the winners of UNLV-CSU and SDSU-UNM. The final is set for 2 p.m. PT on Sunday.

This season's conference tournament marks the fifth time in the 13-year history of the league in which San Diego State has played host to the Championship. This, however, is the first time Aztec Tennis Center has been the venue as the previous tournaments were held at Barnes Tennis Center in nearby Point Loma and at the old SDSU Tennis Courts on the main campus grounds. The Aztecs were hosts in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

San Diego State is 13-11 all-time at the Mountain West Championship. In conference tournament matches played in San Diego, the Aztecs are 5-3 and were champions in 2003, after going 3-0. Against current members of the MW, SDSU is 7-8 in the tournament and 2-2 inside county lines. In the first match of the Championship, San Diego State owns a 7-5 record.

San Diego State carries a 20-10 all-time record vs. New Mexico into the quarterfinal round match-up. The Aztecs won the regular-season date, 7-0, in Las Vegas by winning all six singles matches in straight-sets fashion and sweeping doubles action. SDSU has won four consecutive outings vs. the Lobos. San Diego State's last loss in the series, however, occurred in 2008 at the conference tournament in Fort Worth, Texas. The Aztecs have lost four straight to UNM at the MW Championship, including three straight from 2006-08. SDSU won the first two conference tournament meetings with New Mexico in 2000 and 2003.

With a victory over New Mexico, San Diego State would advance to Saturday's semifinal against the winner of No. 2 UNLV and No. 7 Colorado State. SDSU dropped a 5-1 road decision to the Lady Rebels in the regular-season finale and defeated the Rams, 7-0, at Aztec Tennis Center in the Mountain West opener. Against the other side of the bracket, San Diego State defeated Wyoming at home and Air Force on the road by 5-2 margins and lost to TCU in Las Vegas, 5-2.

San Diego State is... 14-0 all-time vs. Air Force... 18-0 vs. Colorado State... 20-10 vs. New Mexico... 3-6 vs. TCU... 10-16 vs. UNLV... 13-2 vs. Wyoming.

San Diego State is coming off a disappointing 4-3 home loss to Cal State Northridge on Saturday... The Aztecs dropped the doubles point, but rebounded by winning three straight singles matches at Nos. 4-6... SDSU, however, lost the remaining three singles matches at the top of the order after winning the first set in all three... The Aztecs are 1-3 in their last four, but ended the conference season by picking up three consecutive decisions, all of which were away from home... After starting the campaign with a 2-8 record, San Diego State completed the regular season by winning eight of its final 13.

SDSU's doubles performance this year has been nothing short of solid. In 23 matches to date, the Aztecs have claimed the doubles point 14 times. It should be noted that UNLV and San Diego State did not play doubles due to inclement weather in Las Vegas. On five different occasions, the Aztecs captured the doubles point vs. a nationally ranked squad. Meantime, all three of SDSU's duos have .500-or-better records vs. Mountain West opposition. The top tandem of Roxanne Ellison and Sierra Ellison are 4-2 vs. the league, No. 2 Julia Wais and Alicia Aguilar are 3-3, and No. 3 Emma Cioffi and Laura Antonana Iriarte own a 4-1 record vs. the MW this season.

San Diego State's singles effort has gradually improved as the season has progressed. The Aztecs head into the tournament having the majority of its primary lineup performing at a high level over their last 10 matches. Wais, who plays at No. 1, is 8-2 over her last 10 and is 6-1 vs. Mountain West foes. Aguilar is also 8-2 in her last 10 appearances and joins Wais as the only two Aztecs to go through the MW with a 6-1 record. Other SDSU student-athletes who own a .500-or-better record over their last 10 singles matches include Kristin Buth (7-3; 5-2 MW), Sierra Ellison (6-4; 5-2 MW) and Antonana Iriarte (5-5; 4-3 MW).