UNLV Wins Fourth MW Women's Tennis Championship
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The No. 3 seeded UNLV Rebels prevailed in the 2016 Mountain West Women’s Tennis Championship match against the top-seeded Fresno State Bulldogs on Sunday 4-2. The victory gives the Rebels their fourth overall MW women’s tennis championship and first since 2013.
Playing in front of a packed Fort Collins Country Club, Fresno State led for most of the four hour and eight minute contest, which began with the Bulldogs snagging the doubles point. On court No. 3, Bulldogs’ Sofya Malysheva/Olivia Noble beat the Rebels pair of Iren Kotseva/Paola Artiga 6-3. FS clinched the doubles point on court two when Sophie Watts/Anneka Watts defeated Anna Bogoslavets/Cristina Moroi 6-2.
The Rebels, down 1-0, wasted no time evening the score as MW Freshman of the Year Aiwen Zhu beat S. Watts in straight sets 6-1, 6-0. Minutes later, Fresno State regained the lead after No. 1 singles player Mayar Sherif Ahmed took down Carol Yang 6-4, 6-2. That would end up being the Bulldogs’ last point of the match.
UNLV proceeded to rattle off victories on courts three (Bogoslavets 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 7-5 over Rana Sherif Ahmed), four (Artiga 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 over Galina Bykova) and five (Moroi 6-2, 6-3 over A. Watts), which was the deciding match.
With the win, the Rebels earn the Mountain West’s automatic bid into the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship. The bracket will be announced Tuesday, May 3, while individuals invited to the tournament will be announced on Wednesday, May 4.
Fresno State finishes the year with a 19-9 mark, while UNLV moves to 24-1 on the season.