Nevada Starts Strong at Bulldog Classic
Nov. 11, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. – The University of Nevada women’s tennis team won a total of eight matches at the Bulldog Classic Friday, on a day that was cut short by rain.
Seven of the seven victories came in main draws, with one coming in a consolation round.
All three Wolf Pack players in the singles A flight advanced into round two. Emma Verberne defeated Sabastiani Leon Chao of San Jose State 6-2, 6-4, while Sophie Stevens also took down a Spartan player, defeating Erica Medlin 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. Michelle Okhremchuk advanced to the second round via a bye.
In a match originally scheduled for Friday afternoon, Verberne will meet Julija Lukac of Washington Saturday at 10 a.m. in the round of 16. The rain also pushed a round-of-16 matchup between Stevens and Samantha Smith of Washington to Saturday morning.
In singles B flight action, Iva Lepcevska advanced into the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Marina Todd of Portland State. Faith Bassiouny will meet Katie Eng of CSU Stanislaus Saturday morning for the right to play in the quarterfinals. She advanced Friday when Sarah Irvin of Pacific was forced to withdraw from their match due to injury.
In the doubles A flight, a pair of Nevada teams are in the quarterfinals.
After receiving a bye into the round of 16, Verberne and Juliette Legendre defeated Erika Januskova and Yumiko Justin of Fresno Pacific 9-7. Bassiouny and Michelle Okhremchuk won twice to make their way into the final eight pairings. They defeated Todd and Nayanatara Vadali 8-1 in the round of 32. They followed that win up with an 8-5 victory over Iveta Masarova and Regina Suarez of Pacific for their spot in the quarters.
In consolation doubles play, the team of Stevens and Gabriela Eufrasio defeated Megan Govi and Marti Pellicano of Portland State 8-2.
Matches will begin with doubles play early Saturday, with the singles matches postponed due to rain to follow.