March 9, 2013
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada women's tennis team dropped its first Mountain West Conference match to the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday by a score of 5-2.
The Wolf Pack (4-4, 0-1) dropped the contest with the Bulldogs (7-4, 1-0) on senior day in its only home match of the season. In total, the Pack had three victories on the day, two in singles and one in doubles. The final score wasn't a true reflection of how the day turned out, according to head coach Guillaume Tonelli.
"We started out extremely well today, but we couldn't close it out," he said. "We were right there in almost every match, but things just didn't turn out our way."
Two seniors were competing in their final Nevada home matches, including Emma Verberne. She continued her winning streak to seven games as she defeated Aishwarya Agrawal in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. Sophie Stevens, also in her final home match, battled with Melissa McQueen through three grueling sets before she dropped the match in a tiebreaker 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5). The second singles victory of the day came from Michelle Okhremchuk in position one, cruising past Rana Sherif Ahmed 6-0, 6-1.
The Pack led in two of three matches early in doubles, but could not find a way to earn the point. The lone doubles victory of the day came from Okhremchuk and Verberne, as they defeated the pair of Agrawal and Bianca Modoc 8-5.
The Wolf Pack is in action again next when it travels to Stockton, Calif. on March 16 to face Pacific.