LOGAN, Utah - Utah State women's tennis is set to host Boise State on Saturday, April 22, at 11 a.m., on Senior Day, where the Aggies will honor seniors Nini Guensler and Ekaterina Tugarinova. The match is scheduled to be played at the USU Tennis Complex on the east end of campus, however inclement weather will move the match indoors to the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.
Fans will have an opportunity to serve for prizes in between doubles and singles, and a Fan of the Match will be named before the conclusion of the competition. Additionally, there will be opportunities to get a free t-shirt.
"We're really excited to continue our rivalry with them, and that's what it's turned into," said USU head coach Sean McInerney. "It's two really good teams that play hard, have similar styles and will really go after each other. We'll see on Saturday if we can find a way to win, and if we do, it means we're a pretty good team."
Guensler will end her career at Utah State second all-time in career singles wins (79), doubles wins (69) and combined wins (148). She is one of two players in school history to win at least 20 singles and 20 doubles matches in the same season, and she has done it twice. Guensler was an all-Mountain West selection in singles last year, and was a three-time academic all-Mountain West honoree.
Tugarinova joined the Aggies as a junior after transferring from UT-Arlington. During her time at USU, she has compiled 21 singles wins, 19 doubles wins and 40 combined wins, which ranks 29th all time. Last season, she earned academic all-Mountain West honors, as well.
The Aggies (11-10, 1-3 MW) are coming off a convincing 4-0 win against Idaho, and are led by freshman Hannah Jones in dual matches with a 15-5 singles record. Overall, Jones has 28 singles wins this year, tying the school record held by McKenzie Davis for single-season singles wins. Guensler owns an 11-7 mark in dual matches, while freshman Lucy Octave is 10-9, rounding out USU's double-digit singles wins leaders. In doubles, the duo of Guensler and junior Sabrina Demerath is 11-1 in dual matches and have won four-straight decisions. The rest of the Aggies have combined for 15 doubles pairings this season.
Boise State (12-7, 2-3 MW) has split its last six matches, five of which were against Mountain West foes. The Broncos are led in dual matches by No. 108 Anja Dokic with a 12-4 mark in singles. Kirsty Venter is 11-4, while both Lillian Poling and Nancy Menjivar own 11-7 records. Hanna Kantenwein is 10-7 in dual matches, rounding out BSU's double-digit winners. In doubles, the duo of Menjivar and Venter is 4-0, while Poling and Dokic are 7-7. Boise State leads the all-time series, 33-1, with USU's lone win coming at home two years ago.
Fans can follow USU's women's tennis team on Twitter @USUWomensTennis, on Facebook at UtahStateWomensTennis or on Instagram @USUWTennis. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program on Twitter at @USUAthletics, on Facebook at Utah State University Athletics or on Instagram at @USUAthletics.
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