Juliette Legendre (left) and Sheila Smiley (right) in action during spring 2014. Photo by Jake Ward.
April 2, 2014
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada women's tennis team will look to continue its strong start in conference play by improving on its record when it travels to face San Diego State on Friday.
The Wolf Pack (10-6, 1-0 MW) is looking to rebound after its last time out, a loss to Grand Canyon on its home courts of Caughlin Club. Nevada will face San Diego State on Friday, and will then return home to face in-state rival UNLV on Sunday. The Wolf Pack has only four matches remaining until postseason play after its 7-0 win over Colorado State on March 28, with all four matches against Mountain West opponents.
"We are very motivated to play this weekend," said Guillaume Tonelli, Nevada women's tennis head coach. "We are getting better and better every day, and cannot wait to compete in front of our fans at Reno. Come out and support the Pack against UNLV on Sunday."
Leading the way for Nevada is senior Michelle Okhremchuk, with a 12-4 mark in spring 2014. She now has a Nevada-leading 86 career victories, and she has won her past six matches from court one. With a record of 21-6 through 2013-14, she has at least 21 victories in all four years at Nevada, and is two wins shy of her personal single-season best of 23 last season.
Sheila Morales Hidalgo comes into the the weekend at 11-5, a record exclusively from court two. The freshman Morales had won her previous seven matches prior to Nevada's match with Grand Canyon. Sheila Smiley is 9-7, having compiled a 7-4 record from court four. Monika Magusiak enters at 8-8, while Juliette Legendre is 5-4.
Okhremchuk and Morales lead the way in doubles with a 10-1 record, all from court one. The duo of Legendre and Smiley is not far behind, as together they are 9-4, while holding a 6-3 record from court two.
San Diego State enters the match at 7-10 overall and 1-1 in the Mountain West, with its last time out a loss to then No. 74 Fresno State. The Aztecs have won two of its last five, including a victory over then No. 37 Harvard by a score of 6-1. Leading the way for the Aztecs is No. 35 Laura Antonaña-Iriarte, as she holds a 12-4 record through spring 2014, all from court one.
UNLV is currently 8-8 overall and 1-1 in the Mountain West, but will compete against San Jose State in Las Vegas before meeting with the Wolf Pack. The last time out for UNLV was also a loss to Fresno State, by a score of 4-3. It has won two of its past five matches, with victories over Oregon and UC Santa Barbara. Leading the way for UNLV is No. 58 Lucia Batta, who holds a 12-4 mark in spring 2014, all from court one.
The match will also have more meaning than just Mountain West play, as the contest will also count towards "The Governors Series presented by NV Energy." Governors series points will be on the line, but due to the potential of meeting in the Mountain West tournament, no points will be awarded until the season's conclusion. The Rebels currently lead the Wolf Pack in this years series 18-9.
The match with San Diego State will begin on Friday, April 4 at at 11 am in San Diego, Calif. The contest with UNLV will be held on Sunday, April 6 in Reno beginning at 11 am on the courts of Caughlin Club.
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