San Diego State, UNLV Advance To 2013 Mountain West Women's Tennis Championshp Final

April 27, 2013


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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Top-seeded San Diego State and No. 2 UNLV advanced to the finals of the 2013 Mountain West Women's Tennis Championship with victories over No. 4 Nevada and No. 6 Wyoming, respectively, in Saturday's semifinal round at the United States Air Force Academy Tennis Facility in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The winner of tomorrow's championship match receives the Conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

The No. 39 ranked Aztecs (22-4) defeated the Wolf Pack (12-7) 4-1. They have now won 15 straight matches. San Diego State earned the doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and 3 positions, and then recorded singles wins at No. 5, 3 and 2 to advance. Alicia Aguilar won what proved to be the match-deciding point for the Aztecs. She took down Nevada's Emma Verberne at No. 2 singles in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. Tami Nguyen topped Juliette Legendre, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 5 singles, while at No. 3 singles, Laura Antonana rallied from a set down to slip past Sophie Stevens, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

In doubles, San Diego State's Julia Wais and Kristin Buth handled Stevens and Legendre, 8-4, at No. 2 doubles. Aguilar and Isabelle Hoorn won their No. 3 doubles contest against Caroline Koenigsfeldt and Sheila Smiley, 8-5.

The UNLV-Wyoming contest was ultimately decided at No. 1 singles, where 2012-13 MW Women's Tennis Player of the Year, UNLV junior Aleksandra Josifoska, outlasted Wyoming's Veronica Popovici in three sets, 6-4, 6-7 (8-10), 6-2.

Lucia Batta won at No. 2 singles over Alexandra Kovacs in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, while Janine Erasmus defeated Sasa Nemcova in their No. 4 singles matchup, 6-4, 6-3. Ella Bourchier took the No. 5 singles match from Jessica Parizher in three sets, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.

The Cowgirls (11-12) seized the doubles point as the No. 1 duo of Popovici and Simona Synkova topped UNLV's Batta and Nives Pavlovic, 9-8 (7-1). At No. 3 doubles, Parizher and Silviya Zhelyzkova nipped Bourchier and Iren Kotseva, 8-6.