April 25, 2012
RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada women’s and men’s tennis teams have been seeded seventh and fifth, respectively, for the WAC Tennis Championships from Thursday-Sunday in Las Cruces, N.M.
The women’s and men’s tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Team Championships.
The Nevada women are 6-11 (0-4 WAC) and will take on the second seed, the No. 61 Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine, at noon on Thursday. Nevada fell 7-0 to Hawai’i in its last match.
The pair has played well in recent weeks, winning its last six matches and posting a 3-1 record in conference play. Both players have also contributed to Nevada’s success with their singles play. Okhremchuk (20) and Verberne (18) are two of the three Nevada players to earn at least 15 singles wins this season. The other is Sophie Stevens, who has 15, is 9-8 in dual play and 6-4 in her last 10 matches.
The Nevada men are 10-10 (2-3 WAC) and have won their last three matches.
Nevada’s last defeat came to the team it will meet in the first round of the WAC Championships, the No. 4 seed New Mexico State. The teams will kick off the event on the men’s side, playing on Friday at 9 a.m.
Nevada defeated UC Davis 6-1 on senior day its last time out. Against New Mexico State on April 7, the Wolf Pack dropped a tightly-contested, 4-3 decision. Nevada took the doubles point with three victories, only to fall four times in singles play to lose to the Aggies.
Nevada was prevented from earning a bid in last year’s event when it lost in the final week of the regular season, also to New Mexico State. If Nevada can snap its three-match losing streak to NMSU (The Aggies bounced Nevada from the tournament in 2010), it will meet the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, the No. 34 Fresno State Bulldogs.
A true team this season, Nevada has had significant contributions from multiple players while being led by senior Wessim Derbel. Five players have won double-digit singles matches, with Derbel at the forefront at 24. The other players that have collected at least 10 singles wins are; Victor Ouvrard (18), Moez Echargui (16), Fernando Sunago (11) and Jordan Rozenfeld (11). Sunago has posted the best record in conference at 4-1.