March 12, 2014
RENO, Nev. -- The University of Nevada women's tennis team will host a set of three matches at Caughlin Athletic Club this weekend, beginning with Seattle at 1 pm on Friday.
The Wolf Pack (5-5) is looking to get back into the win column, as it is in the midst of a four-game skid. The most recent defeats come at the hands of BYU and USF this past weekend in Utah. Nevada has had only one match at home this year, when weather forced them to move its match with Denver to inside courts at Lakeridge Tennis Club, and postpone its match with Pacific. Nevada will host three matches beginning on Friday with Seattle, the University of Marlyand, Baltimore County on Saturday, and Montana on Sunday.
"We're looking forward to playing our next few matches here in front of our home crowd," said Guillaume Tonelli, Nevada head coach. "We've only had one at home all year, so it will be a change to play at home all weekend."
Michelle Okhremchuk, Monika Magusiak, and Sheila Morales Hidalgo all share matching 6-4 records in singles play for Nevada. Okhremchuk and Morales Hidalgo have been slotted in the top of the rotation, while Magusiak has anchored the back half of the lineup from court No. 5. Okhremchuk now owns 80 career singles victories at Nevada, putting her in second place and only three victories behind leader Tracy King (83). Okhremchuk has the opportunity to tie the record should she win all three singles matches at home this weekend.
Seattle comes into the match at 3-11, having dropped its past four straight matches. Its most recent match was a 7-0 loss to Arizona on March 8. Three players come into the match with five singles victories, while Kristen James is 6-6 in doubles play.
The UMBC Retrievers sit at 5-5 after winning 3 of its past four matches. Last time out for UMBC ended in a close 4-3 loss at the hands of Drexel on the road. While the Retrievers are 4-1 at home, they are 0-3 on the road, a trend that bodes well for Nevada.
Montana is currently 4-4, with a 1-0 mark in the Big Sky. It has dropped its past two matches to Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge, but had won its previous four straight matches before the mini-slide. Montana will face Seattle on Saturday in Reno before it faces off with the Wolf Pack. Haley Driver is 5-2 thus far in dual play, all from the No. 2 singles position. She also forms half of their top doubles team, as Driver and Precious Gbadamosi are 5-2 as a pair.
Nevada will kick off its three-match home stand at Caughlin Athletic Club on Friday against Seattle beginning at 1 pm.
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