LOGAN, Utah - Utah State’s women’s tennis team (12-10, 2-3 MW) picked up a 5-2 win against Boise State (12-8, 2-4 MW) on Senior Day, after the Aggies honored Nini Guensler and Ekaterina Tugarinova. It was just the second win against the Broncos in school history, both coming at home in the last three years.
“We’ve been playing at the same level for the last month, and we’re starting to figure out ways to win these matches against good teams,” said USU head coach Sean McInerney. “Heading into the Mountain West Tournament, we feel as good as we have any year that I’ve been here. I was really proud on Senior Day that we could get a win for the two seniors. Kate (Tugarinova) got a win in singles and Nini got a win in doubles. I’m happy with where we are, and I’m proud of this win.”
After a ceremony honoring Guensler and Tugarinova, the match started with doubles play. Sophomore Jenna Kane and freshman Lucy Octave put USU ahead early with a 6-0 win at the third position against Kirsty Venter and Jovana Kuljanin. However, the Broncos struck back with a 6-3 win at the first position, as Anja Dokic and Lilian Poling defeated junior Maggie O’Meara and sophomore Monika Van de Vondel.
Fittingly, it was a senior for USU that clinched the doubles point as Guensler held her serve when she and junior Sabrina Demerath were up 6-5 to win the match and clinch the doubles point, 7-5, topping Nancy Menjivar and Wiktoria Nosek at the second position.
With the Aggies holding a 1-0 lead in the match, the teams moved to singles play, and Van de Vondel extended the lead with a straight-sets win at the No. 4 spot against Nosek, 6-1, 6-4. Then, Tugarinova picked up her Senior Day victory at the No. 2 spot, sweeping past Hanna Kantenwein, 6-1, 7-6 (5). In another straight-sets win, O’Meara clinched the win for the Aggies at the No. 6 spot, topping Venter, 6-4, 7-5.
The teams played out the remaining matches, and No. 108 Dokic defeated Guensler in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, at No. 1 singles, while Demerath gave USU its fifth point with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-0 win at the No. 5 spot against Menjivar. Lastly, Octave fell in a tight, three-set match, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, against Poling at the No. 3 spot, making the final 5-2 for the Aggies.
Utah State is back in action at the Mountain West Tournament, beginning on Thursday, April 27, in Las Vegas, Nev. The Aggies will find out their seed and opponent early next week.
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Utah State 5, Boise State 2
1. Lilian Poling/Anja Dokic (BSU) def. Maggie O’Meara/Monika Van de Vondel (USU) 6-3
2. Sabrina Demerath/Nini Guensler (USU) def. Nancy Menjivar/Wiktoria Nosek (BSU) 6-3
3. Jenna Kane/Lucy Octave (USU) def. Kirsty Venter/Jovana Kuljanin (BSU) 6-0
Singles 1. #108 Anja Dokic (BSU) def. Nini Guensler (USU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 2. Ekaterina Tugarinova (USU) def. Hanna Kantenwein (BSU) 6-1, 7-6 (5) 3. Lilian Poling (BSU) def. Lucy Octave (USU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 4. Monika Van de Vondel (USU) def. Wiktoria Nosek (BSU) 6-1, 6-4 5. Sabrina Demerath (USU) def. Nancy Menjivar (BSU) 6-4, 5-7, 6-0 6. Maggie O’Meara (USU) def. Kirsty Venter (BSU) 6-4, 7-5
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