Aggie Women's Tennis Concludes Regular Season with 5-2 Loss At Wyoming Sunday
April 13, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Utah State women's tennis (13-9, 1-5 MW) ended its record-setting regular season with a 5-2 loss at Wyoming in a Mountain West matchup. The Aggies failed to extend their own school record of 13 wins, but will have a chance to do so at the upcoming MW Tournament.
"We competed very hard against one of the most talented teams in the region today," said USU head coach Sean McInerney. "I thought we played smart, but simply couldn't get the job done. We will learn from this experience, and we are looking forward to competing in our first Mountain West Tournament."
The match started with doubles play, where the Aggies took the advantage. Utah State's top pair of junior McKenzie Davis and sophomore Kallie Sperry defeated Dorottya Jonas and Veronica Popovici, 8-3, at the first position. Freshmen Lexi Turley and Nini Guensler topped Alena Vasileva and Silviya Zhelyazkova, 8-7, in a tiebreaker at the third position. Sophomore Amber Stuhlmann and freshman Katie Sweet fell 8-1 at the second position to Christa Gecheva and Alma Espinosa.
With USU up 1-0, the match turned to singles where Wyoming pulled away. Popovici defeated Davis in a three-set battle, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, at the No. 1 spot, and Sperry fell to Jonas 6-3, 6-0, at the No. 2 position. Guensler posted the Aggies' lone singles win when she topped Zhelyazkova, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, at the No. 3 spot. Gecheva defeated Turley, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 4 spot, while Sweet fell to Vasileva, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 5 position. Freshman Cassidy Branstine fell in a tight match, 6-4, 6-3, to Espinosa at the No. 6 spot to make the final score 5-2.
Next up for the Aggies is a week and a half break before the MW Tournament in Fresno, Calif. The tournament starts on April 23 and goes through April 26.
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RESULTS Wyoming 5, Utah State 2 Singles 1. Veronica Popovici (WY) def. McKenzie Davis (USU), 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 2. Dorottya Jonas (WY) def. Kallie Sperry (USU), 6-3, 6-0 3. Nini Guensler (USU) def. Silviya Zhelyazkova (WY), 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 4. Christa Gecheva (WY) def. Lexi Turley (USU), 6-0, 6-0 5. Alena Vasileva (WY) def. Katie Sweet (USU), 6-0, 6-0 6. Alma Espinosa (WY) def. Cassidy Branstine (USU), 6-4, 6-3