Jan. 13, 2014
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada women's tennis team is ready to begin its season on Tuesday as it travels to the island of Oahu to face off against Hawai`i.
The Wolf Pack will open its 2014 season with two straight road matches in Hawaii. After facing the Rainbow Warriors on Tuesday, the Pack will see action again on Wednesday against the San Jose State Spartans.
Season Outlook: The Wolf Pack comes into the spring season with five returning members from last season, including Michelle Okhremchuk, who anchored the team from the No. 1 singles position last season. Juniors Juliette Legendre and Sheila Smiley are expected to move up in the singles rotation to fill the vacancies left by graduating seniors Emma Verberne and Sophie Stevens. Newcomer to the Pack Sheila Morales Hidalgo and returners Monika Magusiak and Caroline Konigsfeldt are expected to anchor the bottom half of the singles lineup.
During the fall exhibition season, Nevada traveled to the Cal-Nike Invitational in Berkeley, Calif., the ITA Mountain Regional in Las Vegas, and wrapped up at the San Jose State Invitational in San Jose, Calif. Okhremchuk led the team through the fall with a 9-2 record, including a 1-1 record against nationally ranked opponents. Magusiak was 4-5 through the fall, while Smiley andMorales Hidalgo each picked up three victories. Konigsfeldt did not compete during the fall due to injury, while Legendre did not participate in the final tournament due to injury.
Last Season: The women's Wolf Pack tennis team finished fourth in its first season in the Mountain West Conference after an overall record of 12-7, with a 6-4 mark in conference play. After losing the first three matches of the season, the Pack won nineof its next 10, including victories over Wyoming, Air Force, and Boise State. The Pack downed Boise State twice toward the end of the season, once by a score of 4-3 in the final match of the year to earn the No. 4 seed in the MW tournament, where it downed Boise again 4-2 in the first round.
Departing are two players who were slotted in the top three of the singles rotation last season. Verberne sits at No. 2 in Nevada history for career singles victories. After graduating, Stevens has remained with the team as a graduate coaching assistant.
Incoming: Sheila Morales Hidalgo.
Morales Hidalgo joined the team to begin the fall exhibition schedule in 2013, and made an immediate impact. Morales Hidalgo earned her first win of her Nevada career on Sept. 30 when she defeated Ali Dawson of Marquette by a score of 6-1, 6-2. She finished with three victories during the fall.
Chasing the Record Books: Senior Michelle Okhremchuk will begin the spring season behind Emma Verberne for second place in career victories at Nevada. A nine-win fall exhibition season leaves Okhremchuk at 74 career wins, only one victory behind former teammate Emma Verberne for second place, and nine victories behind Tracy King for first place. With at least 21+ victories in each of her first three seasons, Okhremchuk could set the record by midseason.
Nevada will kick off its 2014 season when it opens against Hawaii on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Oahu.
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