April 12, 2013
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada women's tennis team hit the road for Mountain West Play when it travels to Las Vegas to face in-state rival UNLV on Saturday at and San Diego State on Sunday.
The Wolf Pack (9-4, MW) has won 9 of its last 10 matches after starting 0-3. Part of the turnaround is the play of senior Emma Verberne, who was reeled off an impressive twelve match winning streak to lead the team in singles. Verberne was named the Mountain West Player of the Week this past week after going a perfect 6-0 in both singles and doubles in her matches against Wyoming, Air Force, and Colorado State. Michelle Okhremchuk was also a perfect 6-0 in her matches, teaming with Verberne in doubles.
"The streak is very impressive but that's just a footnote," head coach Guillaume Tonelli said. "The focus is on the team and winning as many matches as we can before the Mountain West Championships."
Nevada will face rival UNLV on Saturday at 2 p.m. in a match where the winner will be awarded a point in the Governor's Series Presented by NV Energy, which UNLV leads 16.5 to 10.5. Nevada earned three points in football, cross country and indoor track & field, plus a split of the three points in soccer to total 10.5. The Rebels earned three points in volleyball, swimming and diving, men's basketball, women's basketball and men's tennis plus 1.5 in the soccer split.
The Rebels come into the matchup boasting a 12-6 record with a 2-1 mark in Mountain West play. They are winners of three of the past four, including a 7-0 shutout over New Mexico. At the forefront of the Rebel charge is Aleksandra Josifoska, who brings in a 12-3 singles record this season from position one. In doubles, Lucia Batta and Nives Pavlovic come into the matchup at 10-4 from position one, while Josifoska and Janine Erasmus are 11-3 from position two.
The Aztecs charge into the matchup with Nevada at 14-4, including a perfect 3-0 mark in Mountain West play. They have won their last 7 contests, and were victorious in 11 of their last 12. Julia Wais is 10-8 in singles play from position one, while three other players have double digit wins, including Laura Antonana and Michela Casanova, who each have earned 14 victories. In doubles, two pairs come into the matchup with identical 10-3 records in dual match play.