Utah State Women's Tennis Earns First Win of the Season, Tuesday
Senior Monica Abella earned her first doubles win for the fall with partner Brianna Rowland (Harris), helping lead the Aggies to their first season win.

Jan. 31, 2012

LOGAN, Utah -- Despite a couple of heartbreaking losses, the Utah State women's tennis team came away with a win, beating Weber State 5-2, Tuesday afternoon.

The duo of junior Jaci West and freshman McKenzie Davis opened doubles competition with an 8-5 win over Brittiny Moore and Ashley Tanner. Junior Romina Nedakovic and senior Kristina Voytsekhovich followed with a quick sweep of Thais Kurer and Carly Lloyd, (8-0). Seniors Brianna Rowland (Harris) and Monica Abella wrapped up doubles action in a hard-fought win over Michelle Warwick and Nittaya Phonharath, (8-7), as the Aggies took an early 1-0 lead.

In singles action, West got things started with a two-set win over Moore (6-2, 6-0). Voytsekovich fought hard, but could not pull out of her slump in time and fell to Tanner, (4-6, 7-5, 9-11). Davis defeated Annika Karlsen in two sets, (6-2, 6-1), while Nedokovic beat Warwick (6-3, 6-2). In an easy two sets, Abella defeated Phonharath, (6-0, 6-0). Senior Julie Tukuafu won her first set, but ended up with the loss after a super-tiebreaker, (7-6, 5-7, 8-10).

"I was proud of the effort," said head tennis coach Christian Wright. "It's something to build on, and it's good to get that first W under the belt."

This weekend, the Aggies head to Bozeman, Mont. for a dual-meet. They will take on the University of New Mexico at noon on Friday, Feb. 3, then play host Montana State on Saturday at 9 a.m. (MT).

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1. Jaci West/McKenzie Davis (USU) def. Brittiny Moore/Ashley Tanner (WSU) 8-5
2. Romina Nedakovic/K. Voytsekhovich (USU) def. Thais Kurer/Carly Lloyd (WSU) 8-0
3. Brianna Rowland/Monica Abella (USU) def. Michelle Warwick/Nittaya Phonharath (WSU) 8-7

1. Jaci West (USU) def. Brittiny Moore (WSU) 6-2, 6-0
2. Ashley Tanner (WSU) def. K. Voytsekhovich (USU) 6-4, 5-7, 11-9
3. McKenzie Davis (USU) def. Annika Karlsen (WSU) 6-2, 6-1
4. Romina Nedakovic (USU) def. Michelle Warwick (WSU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Thais Kurer (WSU) def. Julie Tukuafu (USU) 6-7, 7-5, 10-8
6. Monica Abella (USU) def. Nittaya Phonharath (WSU) 6-0, 6-0

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