Boise State To Host WAC Tennis Championships

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.

Boise State's 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: Thursday 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

Friday 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

Saturday 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

Sunday 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 Tennis Center. 

 

Fresno State 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 (4-3).

 

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 7-0

 

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.  Boise State 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 contest.  Hepburn, 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 position, Dilaj 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 4-3.

 

See above for match analysis against Boise State.

 

Fresno State 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 Young.

 

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 programs.  Utah 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 State 4-3.

 

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. 

 

 

 

Hawai'i (7-10, 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 4-3

 

See below for the match results with Nevada.

 

Hawai'i has 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 4-3.

 

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 third.

 

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.  Utah State 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 Mexico State's 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 Tournament.  New Mexico State appears to be the better overall team that has been tested by tougher competition.  Even though they defeated New Mexico State 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 State above.

 

Utah State 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.

 

 

Nevada (10-11, 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 State 4-3.

 

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 Mexico State's 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 Derakhshani 8-0.

 

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 Derakhshani 8-4.

 

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 Pack. 

 

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 point.  Nevada's 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.

 

Nevada could very well beat the Rainbow Warriors should they meet again.  This one could go either way.

 

 

Idaho (8-14, 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 7-0. 

 

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.

 

Boise State 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 6-1.

 

#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 6-1.

 

See above for Boise State results. 

 

Nevada, 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 battle.  Fresno's 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.

 

Nevada is 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 6-1.  Nevada 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.    

 

Nevada is 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.

 

Nevada also 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.

 

Idaho's Hall 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 State either.

 

 

  New 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  Boise State 5-1 and beat Louisiana Tech twice (5-1 and 6-0) and Utah State 4-3.

 

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 straight sets.

 

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.

 

Utah State edged Idaho earlier this month.  Idaho 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 win.  Idaho made it close when the bottom of the lineup (Shrubb and Berry) came through. 

 

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 4-3.

 

 

Hawai'i (5-16, 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 4-3.

 

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 7-0.

 

 

Louisiana Tech (0-11, 0-2) Predicted WAC Finish #9

Lost to New Mexico State 6-0 and 5-1.


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