Sept. 23, 2013
RENO, Nev. -- The University of Nevada women's tennis team is set to kick off its exhibition schedule when it travels to Berkeley, Calif. for the Cal-Nike Invitational tournament this Friday.
Last season, the Wolf Pack finished with a 12-7 record overall, while notching a 6-4 mark in conference. The Pack defeated arch rival Boise State in the final match of the season to earn the No. 4 seed for the Mountain West tournament, then triumphed again over the No. 5 seed Broncos for the second time in a row in their Quarterfinal match up before falling to No. 1 seed San Diego State in the Semifinals.
While winning the quarterfinals was a good achievement for head coach Guillaume Tonelli, he knows that the team could get even further.
"Last year was a great year, we finished strong," he said. "But I know that this team has the potential to make it deep into and even win the Mountain West tournament, and that is always our goal."
Michelle Okhremchuk is back for her senior season to lead the Pack, and is currently fourth all-time for career singles victories with 65. She currently sits 18 victories shy of the record of 83 career single victories set by Tracy King (1988-92). Okhremchuk has recorded at least 21 victories in each of her first three seasons with the Pack, including 23 wins last year. She was honored with the Mountain Region Women's Player to Watch award, was named to the All-Mountain West singles and doubles teams, and was also the Mountain West Player of the Week twice this past season.
Juniors Sheila Smiley and Juliette Legendre are expected to fill the No. 2 and 3 spots in the singles rotation. The experience they gained from last season will help to pay dividends to replace the holes left by the departures of experienced seniors Emma Verberne and Sophie Stevens. Sophmores Caroline Konigsfeldt and Monika Magusiak will gain a bigger role in the lineup as well, as they will anchor the back end of the rotation in positions 4 and 5. Joining them this year is Sheila Morales Hidalgo, a newcomer to the Pack who is expected to move immediately into the No. 6 spot in the rotation.
Last year at the Cal-Nike Invitational, Okhremchuk and Smiley both advanced to the round of 16 in their singles flights, before they were defeated. In all, the team notched seven victories at the tournament.
The Cal-Nike Invitational begins Friday, Sep. 27.