Boise State hosts the WAC Tennis Championships, beginning with the women Wednesday. It appears to be a two-horse race for the men's WAC tennis title, while Fresno State is the favorite to take the women's crown. The Championships will take place at the Appleton Center & other Boise locations. Watch the front page and the Olympic Sports Board for schedules and results of the WAC matches.
4-3 win over Fresno State
two weeks ago established Coach Greg Patton's team as the favorites to win the
Western Athletic Conference Tennis Championship when the annual tournament
kicks off this week in Boise. On the women's side, Fresno State heads into the tournament as the favorite with Boise State providing the closest challenge.
Here is this week's schedule:
9 a.m. at Boise Racquet & Swim Club--(Women's Play-in game) #8 San Jose State vs. #9 Louisiana Tech
9 a.m. at Appleton Tennis Center--#3 Nevada vs. #6 Utah State
Noon at BRSC--#4 Idaho vs. #5 New Mexico State
Noon at Appleton--#2 Boise State vs. #7 Hawai'i
3:30 p.m. at Appleton--#1 Fresno State vs. winner of San Jose State-Louisiana Tech match
9 a.m. at BRSC--(Men) #4 Nevada vs. #5 New Mexico State
9 a.m. at Appleton--(Men) #2 Fresno State vs. #7 Idaho
Noon at BRSC--(Men) #3 Utah State vs. #6 Hawai'i
Noon at Appleton--(Women) Winner of Nevada-Utah State match takes on winner of Boise State-Hawai'i match
3:30 p.m. at Appleton--(Women) Winner of Fresno State quarterfinal vs. winner of Idaho-New Mexico State match
9 a.m. at Appleton--(Men) Winner of Utah State-Hawai'i match vs. winner of Fresno State-Idaho match
Noon at Appleton--(Women) Championship match
3:30 p.m. at Appleton--(Men) Boise State vs. winner of Nevada-New Mexico State match
11 a.m. at Appleton--Men's WAC Championship Match
The debut of Kean Feeder for the Bronco men this past
weekend sent shock waves around the conference.
Feeder, the #2 junior player in the nation in high school,
was part of the recruiting class that was judged #1 in the nation. However, Feeder was thwarted by the NCAA from
playing last year and was injured most of this season. When he took to the court for his Bronco
debut Saturday and disposed of his opponent at No. 1 singles in straight sets,
Feeder served notice that he will be a factor for Boise
State in the postseason. It is not known where Feeder will line up,
although there is speculation that he could be either #1 or #2 singles for a
Bronco team that has won 11 straight matches and 31 consecutive at the Appleton
is the only other nationally-ranked tennis program in the WAC
and figures to be in the championship game.
The Bulldogs are 11-9 this season, with their biggest win coming over
#75 UNLV (5-2). Fresno has played a
tough schedule, with losses to #7 Oklahoma State (5-2), #9 USC
(5-2), #18 Pepperdine (7-0), #21 Tulsa (4-3), #26 North Carolina State (5-2),
#28 Oklahoma (5-2), #29 Auburn (4-2) and #43 Texas A & M-Corpus Christi
Stay tuned to BroncoCountry and the Olympic Sports Board for
announcements of the WAC pairings and match
times and locations.
Analysis and Predicted Finish:
#23 Boise State (27-5,
3-0) Predicted WAC Finish #1
Defeated #27 South Alabama 4-3, #36 William and Mary 5-2,
#38 Wisconsin, Madison 4-0, #49 San Diego State 4-3, #50 Georgia State 4-3, #53
Stanford 5-1, #55 New Mexico 5-0 and 4-3, #63 Santa Clara 5-2, #69 Pennsylvania
4-1 and 6-1, #71 BYU 5-2 and #75 UNLV.
Lost to #2 Virginia 7-0,
#8 Mississippi 4-0, #9 USC
5-2, #12 Texas 4-1, #16 Alabama
4-2. Also beat #68 Fresno
State 4-3, Utah
State 7-0 and Idaho
The Broncos' match with Fresno
State was surprisingly close. #15 Luke Shields did not put away #61 Jakub
Cech, but rather was beaten in straight sets 7-5, 6-3. That result alone made the match closer than
it should have been. Piotr Dilaj did not
play his best tennis either, losing to Mirko Zapletal 6-4, 0-6, 7-6. #53 Clancy Shields did beat Rudolf Siwy 6-4,
6-2, Blake Boswell beat Charles Irie 6-3, 7-5 and Eric Roberson downed Flavio
Mollinedo in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Steve Robertson battled but lost to Fresno's
Tejesvi Veerepalli 6-4, 6-3 at No. 5 singles.
The doubles point was up for grabs after #56 Luke Shields
and Dilaj were upset by Cech and Zapletal 8-4.
The Broncos, in fact, barely got one win when their No. 1 doubles team
was upset. Robertson and Clancy were
able to sneak out with a 9-7 win over Irie and Veerepalli, but Roberson and
Boswell fell to Siwy and Taylor Leiby 8-4.
There is no reason Boise
State should not win the doubles
point when they face Fresno again,
as is likely this week. Shields needs to
resolve in his mind that he is a better player than Cech and take it to the
Bulldog player, both in singles and doubles.
did prove that they could lose the doubles point and win the match,
however. Add Feeder into that mix and
the Broncos have a lot going for them.
In the match against Utah
State, of course Feeder did not
play and Clancy Shields and Eric Roberson only played doubles, but the Broncos
still blanked the Aggies 7-0. Luke
Shields easily beat Oscar Ericsson 6-2, 6-1, Piotr Dilaj moved up to No. 2
singles and still beat Hannes Schenk in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5. Steve Robertson moved up to No. 3 and
disposed of Fernando Gallegos 6-1, 6-3.
Brent Werbeck was all the way up to No. 4 and beat Utah
State's Jonas Tyden 6-3, 7-5. Stanley Sarapanich defeated Mike Banks 6-2,
6-1 and Jamaal Hepburn downed Dantley Young 7-6, 7-6.
Roberson and Dilaj easily beat Tyden and Ericsson 8-1. The other two matches were closer as Blake
Boswell and Sarapanich and Werbeck & Clancy Shields both beat their
opponents by 8-4 scores.
The Broncos toyed with Utah
State, resting two top singles
players and still easily winning. Utah
State simply is not at that level
yet. It would take several injuries as
well as poor performances by other Broncos for the Aggies to pull off an upset.
The match against Idaho
was similar to the Utah State
playing in his first dual match of the season defeated Joel Trudel in a super
tiebreaker to win the match 3-6, 6-4 and 10-8 to collect the match point for Boise State. Playing the No. 1
scored a 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 victory over Stanislov Glukhav. Steve Robertson got
a straight sets win as he vanquished John Hieb 6-1, 6-1. Werbeck played at No. 5 against Idaho and defeated Paulo Miranda 6-2, 6-0. Stanley Sarapanich was an easy winner over Idaho's Tim Huynh 6-3, 6-1 while Eric Roberson completed the
sweep with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Rob Chalkley.
Boswell and Roberson easily beat
Huynh and Miranda 8-1. Dilaj and Hepburn
also handily beat Glukhav and Tudel 8-3.
Boise State would just need to take care of business should they
face Idaho in the WAC Tournament. Neither
of the Shields brothers played, and of course that was before Feeder. When the Broncos played Idaho, Coach Greg Patton inserted players to spread the playing
time around. He may do something similar
this week to make sure everyone plays.
#68 Fresno State (11-9,
1-1) Predicted WAC Finish #2
Lost to #7 Oklahoma State (5-2), #9 USC (5-2) #18 Pepperdine 7-0, #21 Tulsa (4-3),
#26 North Carolina State (5-2), #28 Oklahoma (5-2), #29 Auburn (4-2) and #43
Texas A & M—Corpus Christi (4-3). Fresno's
biggest win was against #75 UNLV, whom they defeated 5-2. The Bulldogs also defeated Loyola Marymount
5-2. In the WAC,
they blanked Utah State
7-0 but lost to #23 Boise State
See above for match analysis against Boise
was an easy winner over Utah State.
Jakub Cech, the nation's #61 player,
however, had a bit of a tough time in beating Oscar Ericsson (5-7, 6-4
(10-2). Rudolf Siwy beat Utah State's
Hannes Schenk 6-3, 6-3, Mirko Zapletal beat Fernando Gallegos 7-6, 6-3, Charles
Irie put away Jonas Tyden 6-1, 6-1, Tejesvi Veerepalli beat Mike Banks 6-4, 6-2
and Flavio Mollinedo completed the sweep with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Dantley
The doubles point was not close either. Cech and Zapletal beat Tyden & Ericsson
8-2, the same score that Irie and Mollinedo defeated Banks and Nate Ballam
by. Siwy and Taylor Leiby beat Schenk
and Young 8-3.
The easy victories showed the difference in the
State could steal two or three wins
at the most, but really has little chance should they face Fresno
State in the Tournament.
New Mexico State (9-11,
2-1) Predicted WAC Finish #3
Lost to #34 Minnesota-Twin Cities 4-0, #42 Texas
Tech 5-2, #55 New Mexico
6-1, #71 BYU 5-2, #75 UNLV 4-0 and Loyola Marymount 4-3. Defeated Nevada
6-1 and Idaho 5-2 but lost to Utah
The Loyola loss indicates the difference between the Aggies
and Boise State,
as the Broncos had no trouble in blanking Marymount 7-0.
The match with Idaho
was no contest. Hannes
Schenk, Oscar Ericsson and Mike Banks all won easily. Schenk beat Idaho's
Stanislav Glukhov 6-4, 6-2,
Ericsson put away John Hieb 6-2, 6-2 and Banks
defeated Paulo Miranda 6-1, 6-1.
Fernando Gallegos also beat Joel Trudel in
straight sets 7-5, 6-4. Robert Chalkley beat Jonas Tyden of Utah
State 6-4, 6-2, but Timothy Huynh
was a narrow victor when he came from behind to beat Dantley
Young at No. 4 singles, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
The doubles point was fairly close, but an Idaho
win in the Tournament likely would not turn the tide. Tyden &
Ericsson beat Huynh and Miranda 8-6 and Schenk and Young downed Chalkley and Hieb 8-4. Idaho's
Trudel and Glukhov beat
Banks and Gallegos 8-6.
See below for the match result with Utah
State. New Mexico
State could easily capture third
place if the ball bounces their way.
It's difficult to say if they could challenge for a higher position
because frankly the Aggies have not faced strong competition.
1-0) Predicted WAC Finish #4
Lost to #18 Pepperdine 7-0, #4 Baylor 5-0, #53 Stanford 4-3,
#31 Washington 5-2, #33 Texas A & M 5-2, #17 Michigan 4-3. Beat Nevada
See below for the match results with Nevada.
played strong competition, with a couple of matches with top teams coming down
to a few points either way. The level of
competition alone should work in their favor.
They likely could not beat either Boise
State or Fresno
State, although they very well
could give the top two a battle. But the
Rainbow Warriors should easily finish in the middle and a #3 finish could happen
if they can overcome the long travel to Boise
from the islands.
Utah State (7-8,
3-2) Predicted WAC Finish #5
Lost to #71 BYU 5-2.
Lost to both #23 Boise State
and #68 Fresno State
7-0 but beat Idaho 5-2, Nevada
4-3 and New Mexico State
The Aggies likely will not win the Tournament, but proved
that they can beat the rest of the league.
Matches against any team but Boise
State and Fresno
State could go either way, so Utah
State will have to battle to take
In the match against New Mexico
State, Roman Stoisavljevic lost
badly to Oscar Ericsson 6-4, 6-2 and Dantley Young was defeated by Eduardo
Salas 6-0, 6-2. Jonas Tyden lost in
three sets to Alejandro de Mucha 0-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Hannes Schenk defeated Stiepan Beg of New
Mexico State 6-3,
0-6, 6-3, Fernando Gallegos downed Luka Stupar 6-2, 6-1 and Mike Banks put away
Jeffrey Pfeifer 6-4, 6-1.
The match was truly decided by the doubles point, as the
singles winners above won in relative ease.
won the match when Tyden and Ericsson defeated de Mucha and Salas at No. 2
doubles 8-6. Schenk and Young were
soundly beaten by New Mexico State's
Beg and Stoisavljevic 8-3, while Banks and Gallegos easily beat New
Pfeifer and Stupar 8-3.
Some of the singles matches were decided in three sets, but
in the third set, the winner prevailed fairly easily. That battle at No. 2 doubles could very well
again decide a mach in the WAC
appears to be the better overall team that has been tested by tougher competition. Even though they defeated New
during the season, USU could very well lose
to them in the Tournament.
See the match results vs. Nevada
below and the results against both Boise
State and Fresno
will battle New Mexico State
and Hawai'i for third place but
the difference between Utah State
and the top two and the bottom three appears to be too much to either rise or
sink from the middle.
1-3) Predicted WAC Finish #6
Defeated #65 Mississippi State and beat Oregon 4-3, but lost
to #31 Washington 6-1, #55 New Mexico 7-0 and #63 Santa Clara 5-2. Also beat Idaho
(4-3) and lost to New Mexico State
(6-1), Hawai'i 4-3 and Utah
The match against Idaho
was played in an Oregon
tournament that the Pack won. Guillaume
Tonelli defeated Idaho's John
Hieb 6-3, 7-5. Transfer Benjamin David
downed Robert Chalkley of Idaho
at #3 in three sets (6-4, 5-7, 7-5).
Eldar Dzhafarov beat Idaho's
Timothy Huynh 6-3, 6-3, while freshman Alex Daruty downed Paulo Miranda 6-1,
6-3. Arzhang Derakhshani was defeated by
Joel Trudel 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 and Stanislav Glukhov was beaten by Idaho's
Laurent Garcin 3-6, 6-4, 7-6.
Idaho won the
doubles point but it was close. Huynh
and Glukhov beat David and Garcin 8-6 and the point was decided by a tiebreaker
when Dzhafarov and Tonelli lost to Chalkley and Hieb 9-8. Augustin Myard and Derakhshani defeated
Trudel and Paulo Miranda 8-4.
Being that the doubles point was up for grabs and three of Nevada's
four singles victories were in straight sets while both of Idaho's singles wins
were in three sets, Nevada should be a strong favorite should they meet up with
Idaho in the WAC Tournament.
The match against New Mexico
State was also played on a neutral
court and the Wolf Pack did not look good.
Alex Daruty played No. 2 and lost in three sets to New
Gustave Diep 3-6, 6-3, 10-8. Dzhafarov
was defeated by Stiepan Beg of the Aggies, 6-0, 6-4 while Augustin Myard was
also beaten in straight sets by Eduardo Salas 6-3, 6-3. Arzhang Derakhshani went down to Alejandro de
Mucha 6-4, 6-4 and Gabe Kanzelmeyer lost to Brice Magnanou 6-4, 6-3. Garcin, who was playing No. 1 singles that
day, got the lone Nevada win when
he easily disposed of Roman Stoisavljevic (6-2, 6-4).
Two of the doubles matches against the Aggies were fairly
close, with Guerin Smith and Garcin defeating Diep and Salas 8-5 and Magnanou
and de Mucha defeating Dzhafarov and Myard 8-4.
The No. 1 doubles tandem of Beg and Stoisavljevic blanked Daruty and
The Wolf Pack would be a heavy underdog against New
Mexico State for
the same reasons they would be favored against Idaho. They could possibly steal the doubles point,
but Nevada proved to be no match
against the Aggies in singles.
Garcin, Benjamin David and Myard were the winners against Utah
State. Garcin defeated Hannes Schenk in straight
sets 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1, while David downed Jonas Tyden 6-1, 6-3 and Myard beat
Dantley Young 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Tonelli
played No. 2 singles but fell to Oscar Ericsson 6-3, 6-3. Derakhshani was beaten by Utah
State's Fernando Gallegos 6-2, 6-4
and Guerin Smith was defeated in straight sets by Mike Banks, 7-6, 7-6.
The doubles point was close with Smith and David beating
Schenk and Tyden 8-5. However, Utah
State's Tyden and Ericsson beat
Tonelli and Garcin 8-5 and Banks & Nate Ballam defeated Myard and
A match in the WAC
between Nevada and Utah
State would likely again go down to
the wire. Utah
State got three straight sets
singles wins to Nevada's two, but
in the matchup between Smith and Banks featured tiebreakers in each set. The doubles point was winnable for the Wolf
Nevada lost a
tight match to Hawai'i. Hawai'i's
Andreas Weber, #56 in the country was an expected winner over Tonelli 6-2,
6-0. The two other Rainbow Warrior wins
were both close. Jeff Fitch beat David
7-6, 6-4, while Dhad Faulk defeated Dzhafarov 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. Garcin played No.2 singles and beat Derrick
Lajola 6-2, 6-2, while Derakhshani downed Brent Hunter 6-2, 6-4 and Myard beat Hawai'i's
Spencer Mendoza 6-2, 6-4.
The match was ultra-close, really decided by the doubles
Smith & David beat Lajola and Mendoza 8-3 and Faulk & Fitch easily beat
Dzhafarov & Myard 8-2. The doubles
point and the match came down to No. 1 doubles, where Weber and Sascha
Heinemann beat Tonelli and Garcin 9-8.
very well beat the Rainbow Warriors should they meet again. This one could go either way.
0-4) Predicted WAC Finish #7
The Vandals have been playing primarily Big Sky opponents,
with a few WAC and Division II foes mixed
in. They lost to Nevada
4-3, Utah State
and New Mexico State
by 5-2 scores, and to Boise State
See above for match results with other WAC
teams. It would be difficult for Idaho
to finish higher than sixth. They simply
are no match for the top two. Idaho
proved they can play with Nevada,
but a lot of things would have to go right to beat either of the Aggies.
Analysis and Predicted Finish:
#42 Boise State (15-3, 5-0) Predicted WAC Finish #1
Beat #45 Washington
State 5-2, #46 Denver 5-2 and #73 New
Mexico 5-2 but lost to #28 BYU 5-2, #34 Wichita
State 4-3 and #38 Oregon
5-2. Defeated #61 Nevada
6-1, Idaho 7-0, New
Mexico State 5-1
and Utah State
twice by 5-2 scores.
When Boise State
beat Nevada, the Broncos did not
have Tatiana Ganzha and still captured five of six singles matches. Polina Kokoulina beat Caroline Bailly 6-1,
7-5 while Jana Mackova beat Ly-Huong Dinh at No. 3 singles 6-3. Stacey Housley disposed of Bachlan Pham 6-4,
7-5, while Klaudia Wlodarczyk beat Laetitia Tan 6-1, 6-2 and senior Tiffany
Coll ran over Audrey Bardot 6-2, 6-1.
#123 Maria Mizyuk downed Bianca Jochimsen of Boise
State 6-3, 6-1.
The Broncos captured the doubles point…but barely. Mackova and Laura Baum were edged by Bailly
and Mizyuk, the #50 doubles tandem in the country. Kokoulina and Wlodarczyk beat Tan & Dinh
8-5 at No.2 doubles, and Coll and Jochimsen beat Fiorella Velez and Bardot 8-4.
If Ganzha can help out in either singles or doubles this
week, the Lady Broncos will be better than they were the last time they played Nevada. While Nevada
is on a hot streak, they still were not close enough the last time the teams
played to turn the match around.
The Broncos shut out Idaho
with Kokoulina beating Patricia Ruman, Jochimsen downing Idaho's
Mariel Tinnirello, Jana Mackova putting away Efrat Leopold, Wlodarczyk beating
Lauren Drew, Laura Baum defeating Lauren Shrubb and Coll beating Kasie
King. All were in straight sets.
also swept the doubles point. The
Vandals simply do not have the firepower to beat the surging Broncos.
The Broncos and New Mexico
State just played singles, with Boise
State winning five of six. Jochimsen destroyed Zelijka Juricek 6-1, 6-0
at the top of the lineup. Kokoulina won
at #2 over Nicole Fintell, Mackova beat Paulina Zuniga 7-5, 6-2, Stacey Housley
easily beat Estelle Guillaumond 6-3, 6-0 and Tiffany Coll beat Aleksa Costa
6-2, 6-0. Ganzha was the only Bronco to
lose, when Anne Fagegaltier beat her 1-6, 6-3, 7-5.
The only close match was Ganzha's in one of her first of the
season following her injury. Rather than
the Aggies having a shot at an upset, look for Boise State to have a shot at a
sweep if these two teams meet in the Tournament.
Both matches against Utah
State were decided by 5-2
scores. In the most recent, Boise
State won the doubles point in a
sweep. Four Broncos (Ganzha, Wlodarczyk,
Housley and Coll) won in straight sets, with Utah
State players winning just 10 out
of 58 games in those four matches. Once
again, the close matches were ones that Utah
State won, providing an opportunity
for the Broncos should they meet Utah
State this week. Courtney Anderson downed Jochimsen 7-6, 2-6,
10-6 while Erin Monson of USU edged Mackova
6-7, 7-6, 10-7.
#16 Fresno State (17-3, 1-0) Predicted WAC Finish #2
Defeated #19 Pepperdine 5-2, #29 Florida International 5-2, #32
UC-Irvine 7-0, #35 Colorado 6-1, #36 TCU 4-3, #39 South Florida 4-3, #40
Arizona 4-3, #48 Long Beach State 5-2, #55 UNLV 6-1, #57 Sacramento State 5-2, #58
Virginia Tech 7-0 and #62 Loyola Marymount 7-0 and lost to #8 USC
4-3, #12 UCLA 7-0, #20 Arizona State 4-3. Beat #61 Nevada
#61 Nevada (13-8, 3-2) Predicted WAC Finish #3
Defeated #45 Washington
State 4-3 and #62 Loyola Marymount 4-3 and lost to #32 UC-Irvine 5-2, #34 Wichita
State 4-3, #38 Oregon
5-2, #46 Denver 5-2 and #48 Long
Beach State 5-2. Beat Utah
State 6-1, Idaho 5-2 and San
Jose State 6-1 but
lost to #16 Fresno State
6-1 and #42 Boise State
See above for Boise
winners of five straight matches, played Fresno
State way back in January. The Wolf Pack are playing much better now but
even then, they gave Fresno a
No. 2 and 3 doubles teams pulled out the point after #50 Caroline Bailly and Maria
Mizyuk defeated Vanessa Heroux and Anastasia Petukhova 8-7. Fiorella Velez and Laetitia Tan lost to
Melanie Gloria and Renata Kucerkova 8-5, the same result that Audrey Bardot and
Ly-Huong Dinh lost to their Bulldog opponents.
Tan was able to beat Bruna Paes at No. 5 singles for the
Pack's only win. Bailly lost to #52
Renata Kucerkova in straight sets, and the other four matches were also won by Fresno
State in straight sets.
getting better, but there still is too much difference between these two teams—Fresno
has too much for the Wolf Pack women.
Nevada faced Utah
State earlier this month and won
won the doubles point fairly easily and then won five of six singles matches. Utah
State's win occurred when Alice
Hall of Nevada had to withdraw. Velez's
victory over Lauren Monson was close (6-4, 4-6, 10-6) while the other Pack wins
were in straight sets.
simply too hot to be seriously threatened by Utah
State. They would likely win by the same count
should the two teams meet this week.
downed Idaho earlier this month
5-2 in a match closer than one you would think for a #61 team. Bailly and Mizyuk beat their Vandal opponents
8-2, but then Velez and Alice Hall downed Leopold and Drew 8-5. The Pack women won the point when Bachlan
Pham and Dinh survived a 9-8 match with Lauren Shrubb and Laura Leoni.
won at No. 4 singles when Drew was forced to withdraw. Dinh also scored a win over Leopold 6-2, 5-7,
10-5. Velez barely beat Shrubb (4-6,
6-1, 10-3). Pham was an easy winner over
Carolyn Berry 6-0, 6-0, while Bailly and Mizyuk also won in straight sets.
The Wolf Pack are playing better now than they were when
they faced the Vandals. Idaho
may have exposed the Pack a bit, but still would probably win no more than
three matches a second time around. Nevada
would not have any problem with San Jose
Mexico State (10-13, 3-1) Predicted WAC Finish #4
Lost to #52 SMU 7-0, #55
UNLV 7-0, #57 Sacramento State
6-1 and #73 New Mexico 7-0. Lost to #42
5-1 and beat Louisiana Tech twice (5-1 and 6-0) and Utah
The two Aggie teams in the Tournament met just two weeks
ago, with New Mexico State
eking out a 4-3 win. New
Mexico State swept
the doubles point with 8-3, 8-6 and 8-5 scores.
New Mexico State
won the match at the bottom of the lineup.
Anne Faqeqaltier beat Breanna Harris 6-0, 6-4 at No. 3, Estelle
Guillaumond downed Lauren Monson 6-2, 6-2 and Aleksa Costa put away Bridgette
Strickland 6-1, 6-0. Utah
State won their three matches in
It's often said that the doubles point is crucial, and it
certainly is between these two teams.
The singles matchups seem to be fairly even and the doubles point is
definitely up for grabs.
Utah State (3-8, 1-4) Predicted WAC Finish #5
Lost to #55 UNLV 7-0.
Lost to #42 Boise State
twice by 5-2 scores, #61 Nevada
6-1 and New Mexico State
4-3 and beat Idaho 4-3.
edged Idaho earlier this
was able to get one of the doubles matches and were very competitive in the
other. Lauren and Erin Monson of Utah
State defeated Patricia Ruman and Mariel
Tinnirello 9-7 and Courtney Anderson and Breanna Harris of USU
edged Efrat Leopold and Lauren Drew 9-8.
Idaho's Lauren Shrubb and
Laura Leoni downed Dee Dee Nelson and Bridgette Strickland 9-70
In singles, Anderson
defeated Ruman in three sets (6-2, 4-6, 6-4) for a key win. Dee Dee Nelson also got a big win for the
Aggies with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Drew.
Erin Monson defeated Tinnirello in straight sets, while Leopold downed
Harris in straight sets for a Moscow
made it close when the bottom of the lineup (Shrubb and Berry)
With four of these singles matches going to three sets, plus
the competitiveness of the doubles matches, this one could go either way.
Idaho (13-8, 1-3) Predicted WAC Finish #6
Lost to #34 Wichita
State 6-1, #45 Washington
State 7-0 and #69 Oklahoma
State 6-0. Defeated San Jose
State 7-0 and lost to #42 Boise
State 7-0, #61 Nevada
5-2 and Utah State
1-0) Predicted WAC Finish #7
Lost to #7 Northwestern 7-0, #9 California 6-0, #10 North
Carolina 7-0, #12 UCLA 7-0, #31 Kentucky 6-1, #32 UC-Irvine 7-0, #49 San Diego
State 4-3, #50 Purdue 7-0 and #62 Loyola Marymount 6-0. Beat
San Jose State
Hawai'i is the
wild card. The Rainbow Wahine have
played an awesome schedule, but were only competitive in one match with a Top
75 team. They defeated their only WAC
opponent, San Jose State.
San Jose State (3-8, 0-3) Predicted WAC Finish #8
Lost to #62 Loyola Marymount 7-0. Lost to #61 Nevada
6-1, Hawai'i 4-3 and Idaho
(0-11, 0-2) Predicted WAC Finish #9
Lost to New Mexico
State 6-0 and 5-1.