Utah State Women's Tennis Heads To Fresno For a MW Tournament Match Against Nevada
April 22, 2014
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State's women's tennis team (13-9, 1-5 MW) is set to compete in its first Mountain West Tournament after earning the No. 10 seed, and are scheduled to face seventh-seeded Nevada (11-9, 2-3 MW) on Wednesday, April 23 at 3 p.m. (MT), in Fresno, Calif.
"We are very excited to be playing in the Mountain West Tournament," said USU head coach Sean McInerney. "We have had a very successful season and this is a good opportunity for us to add to that. Nevada is a very talented team and we are looking forward to the challenge."
This will be the first matchup this season for the women against Nevada, however the two recently played during the 2011-12 season when both schools were a part of the Western Athletic Conference, with USU claiming a 4-3 win. Junior McKenzie Davis posted a straight-sets win in the match.
Davis leads USU on the season with 17 wins during dual match play, which broke the school record of 16 previously set by Courtney Anderson in the 2005-06 season. Freshman Nini Guensler boasts a 14-5 record in dual matches, while sophomore Kallie Sperry rounds out USU's top three with a 12-9 record. In doubles, the Aggies are led by the tandem of Davis and Sperry with 12 wins exclusively at the first position, while Guensler and fellow freshman Lexi Turley have 13 wins in all three doubles spots.
Michelle Okhremchuk leads Nevada on the season with a 13-7 record through dual action, while Sheila Morales Hidalgo is 12-8 in the spring. Juliette Legendre holds an 8-5 dual match mark. In doubles, the team of Okhremchuk and Hidalgo notched a 13-2 record, while Sheila Smiley and Legendre are 11-6.
The tournament is held in Fresno, Calif., at the Sierra Sport & Racquet Club, and is hosted by Fresno State. This is the Aggie women's first appearance in the Mountain West Tournament after eight seasons in the WAC.
In other women's first-round action, eighth-seeded UNLV will take on ninth-seeded Air Force in the first match of the day on Wednesday, April 23 at 11 a.m. (MT), while sixth-seeded San José State faces No. 11 Colorado State at 3 p.m. (MT). Top-seeded Fresno State and second-seeded New Mexico earn first-round byes. Third-seeded San Diego State also earns a bye into the quarterfinals, while fourth-seeded Boise State and fifth-seeded Wyoming also open play in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Complete Mountain West Tournament information can be found by clicking the "MW Championship Central" link on the tennis page of www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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