Rebel Duo Opens Play Wednesday

May 21, 2013




UNLV is sending two players to the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Singles Championship for the first time in program history and the talented pair of juniors opens play Wednesday at Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex at the Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill.

In an odd immediate rematch, Lady Rebel Aleksandra Josifoska (Skopje, Macedonia) will take on Nebraska's most decorated player in history, senior Mary Weatherholt (Prairie Village, KS), starting at approximately 8:30 a.m. PT. It's odd because the same two players just met in the second round of the NCAA Tournament's team event and the Husker star prevailed 6-3, 6-1 on May 11 in Lincoln. It will feature a battle of conference players of the year tomorrow as Josifoska earned the honor for the Mountain West while Weatherholt has been named the Big Ten MVP in back-to-back seasons. Josifoska, ranked 38th in the nation, brings in a 34-8 overall mark while Weatherholt, ranked 11th and seeded 9-16, is 25-1. In another draw oddity, Lady

Rebel Lucia Batta (Budapest, Hungary) has won 27 consecutive matches since her last loss on January 20. That 6-2, 6-2 defeat in UNLV's annual Freeman Memorial Championships came against the same player she drew for Wednesday's first round, Florida junior Alexandra Cercone (Seminole, Fla.). Batta, who is currently ranked 59th, returns to the event for the second straight year after earning an at-large spot this spring. The 2012 conference player of the year has turned in a record-breaking season as her 37-5 overall mark included a stunning 27-0 record in dual matches. Cercone, who is ranked 51 and is also playing in her second NCAA singles event, has compiled a 26-9 overall record this year.

This marks the 13th time that at least one UNLV women's player has been selected to take part in the NCAA Singles Tournament and the program is looking for its first win since 2000. The tournament runs through May 27. Live scoring and video will be available using a link at

2013 NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Tournament 
Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex at the Atkins Tennis Center Urbana, Ill. 
Wednesday, May 21, 2013 First Round (Round of 64) 
#38 Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV) vs. #11 Mary Weatherholt (NEB) - 8:30 a.m. PT
#59 Lucia Batta (UNLV) vs. #51 Alexandra Cercone (FLA) - 11:30 a.m. PT