UNLV Wins 2013 Mountain West Women's Tennis Championship
April 28, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - UNLV won the 2013 Mountain West Women's Tennis Championship with a 4-1 victory over No. 1 San Diego State on Sunday at the United States Air Force Academy Tennis Facility.
It's the fourth Conference tournament championship for the No. 2 Rebels (19-7) and first since 2008. They earn the MW's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Aztecs, ranked 39th nationally and the MW regular season champion, had their 15-match win streak snapped. They are now 22-5 on the season.
Aleksandra Josifoska, the 2012-13 MW Women's Tennis Player of the Year, sealed the victory for UNLV with a three-set victory over Julia Wais, 6-4, 0-6, 6-3, at No. 1 singles.
"It's fitting that the Mountain West Player of the Year pulled through once again," said UNLV coach Kevin Cory, whose team is No. 63 in the nation. "She's a fighter and just refuses to lose."
Josifoska, ranked 35th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national poll, said the break between the second and third sets was key to a change in her mental approach.
"I was getting worried because Julia was playing really well," Josifoska said. "During the break, I told myself I could do it and made a change in my game plan."
Josifoska's teammate, Lucia Batta, won her No. 2 singles match over Alicia Aguilar, 6-3, 6-3. The Rebels also received a win at No. 6 singles from Iren Kotseva, who defeated Michaela Casanova, 6-3, 7-5.
Most importantly, UNLV earned the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 (Batta/Nives Pavlovic) and No. 2 (Josifoska/Erasmus) positions.
"The doubles point was huge," Cory said. "We hadn't won the doubles point in our first two matches (at the MW Championship) and San Diego State dominated us in doubles earlier in the year."
Tami Nguyen won the lone match for the Aztecs, taking the No. 5 singles match over Ella Bourchier, 6-1, 6-2.