UNLV Advances to Seventh MW Women's Tennis Championship Match
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – After a 4-3 victory over Wyoming that lasted four hours and 36 minutes on Friday, UNLV competed in a five hour and 28 minute match on Saturday, eventually defeating second-seeded New Mexico 4-3.
With the win, the Rebels advance to the championship match for the first time since 2013, where they were victorious after beating the No. 1 seed San Diego State 4-1.
UNLV opened strong, taking the doubles point with wins on courts one (Carol Yang/Aiwen Zhu 6-4 over Emily Olivier/Dominique Dulski) and three (Iren Kotseva/Paola Artiga 7-5 over Sharon Coone/Ludivine Burguiere).
With a 1-0 advantage after claiming the doubles point, UNLV extended its lead with a two-set victory at the No. 2 singles position by Zhu, beating Olivier 6-3, 6-2. New Mexico came storming back, tying the match after earning wins on courts 1 (Andrea Leblanc 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 over Yang) and four (Dulski 6-2, 7-6 (9-7) over Artiga). The No. 3 singles match between UNLV’s Anna Bogoslavets and New Mexico’s Burguiere was a four hour and 15-minute classic, which ended with Bogoslavets winning 6-7, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-3). This marked Bogoslavets' 23rd consecutive singles victory.
Again, the Lobos tied up the match with a victory at No. 5 (Coone 6-2, 6-3 over Cristina Moroi), but in the end the Rebels earned the victory in the match-deciding No. 6 match as Kotseva beat Rachana Bhat 6-0, 6-3.
The Rebels, who enter Sunday with a league-best 23-1 overall record, will participate in their seventh Mountain West championship match (3-3) when they take on No. 1 Fresno State on Sunday at the Fort Collins Country Club at 11 a.m. MT. New Mexico finishes the year with a 15-7 record.
Sunday’s championship match can be streamed for free on the Mountain West Network.