Nevada tops Montana 5-2 as Okhremchuk ties record
March 16, 2014
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada women's tennis team finished its weekend home stand at Caughlin Athletic Club on Sunday with a 5-2 victory over the Montana Grizzlies.
The Wolf Pack came into the weekend at .500, but now sits at 8-5 after sweeping three matches in three straight days. Nevada was 2-for-2 in doubles to quickly snatch the doubles point, and was finished singles 4-for-6 to top the Grizzlies. Through its three matches this weekend, Nevada was a combined 21-for-25 in both singles and doubles action.
"I am really proud of how hard the team fought and competed this weekend," said Guillaume Tonelli, Nevada head coach. "They have worked really diligently and have been learning since the first day of the semester. Michelle is now tied for the most wins in the history of the program. We have matches at home the next two weekends, and we are excited to compete in front of our fans."
It was Nevada that got on the board first by earning the doubles point, as Michelle Okhremchuk and Sheila Morales Hidalgo were able to bounce Haley Driver and Precious Gbadamosi, 8-4. Juliette Legendre and Sheila Smiley followed that up with a victory on court two over Sasha Carter and Laurence Pelchat, 8-6 to earn the point.
For the second straight day, Legendre was the first to grab a singles win for the Pack, as she dropped Anabel Carbo-Estruch in straight sets 6-0, 6-2. Michelle Okhremchuk was victorious for the third time this weekend on court one, as she knocked of Driver in identical sets 6-2, 6-2, which made the Nevada lead 3-0. Morales Hidalgo sealed the deal for Nevada on court two by ousting Gbadamosi, 6-4, 6-0. After a Montana victory to make it 4-1, Sheila Smiley pushed past Pelchat for the final Nevada victory of the weekend.
After her 3-0 singles weekend, Okhremchuk now has 83 career singles victories at Nevada. She has moved into a tie with first place Tracy King (83), and has the opportunity to set the record next Sunday here in Reno.
"It's pretty exciting that I have one more match to possibly break the record, something that has stood for over 20 years," Okhremchuk said. "It was my goal to be tied with her at the end of the weekend, and I'm looking forward to next weekend."
Her first opportunity to set the record will come on Sunday, March 23 when Nevada faces off against Pacific on its home courts of Caughlin Athletic Club.
Tennis Match Results
Nevada vs. Montana
Mar 16, 2014 at Reno, Nev.
(Caughlin Athletic Club)
Nevada 5, Montana 2
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,1,2,3,4,5)
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