Utah State Roars Back For 4-3 Comeback Win Over UNLV In First Round Of 2015 Mountain West Women's Tennis Championship
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – No. 6 seed Utah State had to work for it, but the Aggies took a thrilling 4-3 first round win over No. 11 seed UNLV to advance to the 2015 Mountain West Women’s Tennis Championship quarterfinals, where they will face the No. 3 seeded San José State Spartans on Friday at 3 p.m. The 2015 MW Tennis Championship is being hosted by the University of New Mexico at the McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium.
The match was a see-saw affair that saw Utah State open with the doubles point after 6-4 wins from Nini Guensler and Lexi Turley on Court 3 and McKenzie Davis and Maggie O’Meara on Court 1. Guensler would factor in the deciding match as well.
With Utah State up 1-0, the Rebels, who were looking to continue their streak of winning their opening tournament match for the 14th consecutive year, took three of the first four singles matches. After Iren Kotseva and Alexis Garrett took 6-2, 6-2 and 6-2, 6-4 wins respectively, Utah State knotted the match with a win on court 1 by Davis.
Paola Artiga gave UNLV a 3-2 win after winning 6-2, 7-6 (8-6). Artiga won that match on her fourth match point after suriving two set points in the tiebreaker.
Down 3-2, Utah State was still able to pull off its first ever Mountain West Tournament win. In the only three-set match Meghan Lyall bounced back from an early deficit to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. That set up the deciding final match on Court 2, with Guensler, who clinched the match with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-1) win.
“Even down 3-2, with the two players we had left on courts two and six, I felt pretty confident,” said head coach Sean McInerney. “Our win at the end of the season over Boise State gave us a lot of confidence, and then to beat a team with the history of UNLV, no question this is a big win for our program.”
Utah State improved to 14-10 overall, while UNLV ends its season at 7-17.
Notes: Every match of the Mountain West Tennis Championships is available on the Mountain West Network, powered by Campus Insiders. Download the Mountain West app to your phone or tablet to catch all the action … UNLV’s last opening round lost was on April 26, 2001 when the Rebels lost as the No. 3 seed 4-2 to No. 6 Colorado State in the quarterfinals … Utah State lost 4-0 to Nevada last year in the opening round in its only other Mountain West Tournament appearance.