March 20, 2014
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada women's tennis team will look to improve on its 8-5 record on Sunday when it battles with Pacific on the courts of Caughlin Athletic Club.
The Wolf Pack (8-5) will face the Tigers (6-6, 0-1 WCC) in its fifth home match of the season, where Nevada is 3-1. It dropped its home opener to Denver on March 1, and after a two-match trip to Utah, Nevada swept its home contests last weekend against Seattle, UMBC, and Montana. The match with Pacific was originally scheduled for March 2, but was rescheduled due to weather conditions and court concerns.
"We are excited to play at home again, and we can't wait to compete in front of our fans," said Guillaume Tonelli, Nevada head coach. "Sunday can possibly be the day that Michelle (Okhremchuk) becomes No. 1 all time in Nevada history."
Michelle Okhremchuk is 9-4 thus far in the spring, as she has played all her matches from the No. 1 court. After a 3-0 mark this past weekend, Okrhemchuk has 83 career singles victories at Nevada, which has tied her for the most career wins in both Nevada men's and women's tennis history. The previous record set by Tracy King (83) had stood for 23 years until Okhremchuk's victory on Sunday over Haley Driver of Montana. She would set the record and become the most winningest player in Nevada history with a victory on Sunday.
Wolf Pack newcomer Sheila Morales Hidalgo is also off to a hot start in her freshman campaign, as she holds a 9-4 mark in dual action. Dating back through the start of Fall 2013, Morales Hidalgo is 12-11, and has played all spring matches from the No. 2 singles court. Monika Magusiak and Sheila Smiley hold identical 7-6 records this spring, with Smiely anchoring the middle of the lineup and Magusiak playing primarily from the No. 5 singles court.
Okhremchuk and Morales Hidalgo form one of Nevada's top doubles team, as the duo is 8-1 from court No.1 this spring. The team of Smiley and partner Juliette Legendre has also been lights out, as they are 8-3, with a 5-2 mark on court No. 2.
The Pacific Tigers currently sit at .500, but will face BYU in a West Coast Conference match before battling with Nevada. The Tigers most recent match was a 6-1 loss to Hawai'i on the road, giving Pacific its third loss in its last five contests. Expected to play in the No. 1 singles position is Iveta Masarova, who is 7-9 from that spot, and 8-11 overall. Hana Ritterova is 12-9 in the spring, and 9-7 from court No. 2.
The match with Pacific will take place on Nevada's home courts of Caughlin Athletic Clubs this Sunday, March 23 beginning at 1 pm.
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