Feb. 9, 2012
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada women's tennis team will travel for three matches this weekend, taking on No. 52 Utah (0-2) Friday at 1 p.m., BYU (0-2) Saturday at 11 a.m. and Weber State (0-6) Sunday at 9 a.m.
The matches will mark the beginning of the dual season for Nevada, as they opened the Spring at the Beach Tennis Winter Invite two weeks ago.
Every Nevada player comes into the weekend with a winning streak of at least one singles match, with Sophomore Michelle Okhremchuk leading the way at six in a row. The Donek, Ukraine native is 10-4 so far this year, and 7-3 in her last 10 matches.
Emma Verberne has also had a strong season to date. On the singles court, she has eight wins and six losses. Moving into a leadership role in her third season, Verberne has played with a host of doubles partners in an attempt to help the team gel. She has three wins so far this year.
In doubles play, the Wolf Pack has tried nine doubles pairings, attempting to work four freshmen into a lineup with a great deal of experience. In addition to the three freshmen, Faith Bassiouny, Juliette Legendre and Iva Lepcevska, who joined the Pack at the beginning of the year, Rymma Maslova began her collegiate career at the semester break. Maslova has gone 2-1 in singles play and 1-2 in doubles play with two partners.
Utah's only Spring action was two weeks ago at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Los Angeles, Calif. The Utes dropped a 4-1 decision to fourth-ranked UCLA on day one and fell to 25th-ranked Oklahoma by a score of 4-1 on day two. On both days, the Utes point came by way of a singles victory.
BYU has also lost to two ranked teams this season, dropping 6-1 decisions to No. 38 Long Beach State and No. 56 UC Irvine last weekend.
Weber State's most recent defeats came at the hands of Seattle and Boise State last week. The Wildcats fell 5-2, to Seattle and 6-1 to Boise State.