Vandal Women Sweep San Jose

Sunday the Vandal women's tennis team improved to 12-8 on the season with a 7-0 sweep of San Jose State at the Nevada Invitational. Victories this season have come against Gonzaga (6-1), Montana (6-1), Wyoming (4-3), and Pacific (5-2). This week Idaho takes on UC-Santa Barbara (Thursday) and LCSC before opening conference play.

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LINK: OFFICIAL University of Idaho Women's Tennis Site

RENO, Nev. - The Idaho women's tennis team finished the Nevada Invitational with a dominating 7-0 win over San Jose State on Sunday. The Vandals improved to 12-8 on the season with the sweep.

"The women came out fired up today," Idaho coach Jeff Beaman said. "They played a great match coming off the loss to Utah State."

The Vandals started the match strong taking all three doubles matches from San Jose State. At No. 1 doubles, Patricia Ruman and Mariel Tinnirello defeated Ashley Tavita and Amber Silverstone, 8-5. The Idaho doubles duo of Lauren Drew and Efrat Leopold continued to dominate at No. 2 doubles, winning 8-1 over San Jose State, Drew and Leopold are now 11-3 when playing together this spring.

In singles play, the Vandals swept all six matches and won five in straight sets. Idaho senior Patricia Ruman got back to her winning ways, with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Ashley Tavita. At No. 2 singles, Mariel Tinnirello took down Amber Silverstone of San Jose State, 6-2, 6-4.

Senior Efrat Leopold continued to shine for the Vandals scoring her seventh straight singles victory with a straight set win over Courtney Koenigsfeld. Leopold leads the Vandals in singles play with a 15-4 record this season.

Lauren Shrubb, Lauren Drew and Carolyn Berry were all solid with strong singles wins in the last three matches of the day.

Idaho coach Jeff Beaman is looking to capitalize on the team's positive momentum in their upcoming matches leading into the Western Athletic Conference tournament.

"We want to stay focused and use the upcoming UC-Santa Barbara and Lewis-Clark State matches to go into conference on a high note," Beaman said.

The Vandals will next take on UC-Santa Barbara on Thursday April 12, at 7 p.m. in Pullman, Wash.

Idaho 7, San Jose State 0

Singles Matches
1. Patricia Ruman, Idaho, def. Ashley Tavita, SJSU, 6-4, 6-4
2. Mariel Tinnirello, GU, def. Amber Silverstone, SJSU, 6-2, 6-4
3. Efrat Leopold, Idaho, def. Courtney Koenigsfeld, SJSU, 6-0, 7-6 (8)
4. Lauren Shrubb, Idaho, def. Sanda Hadzisabic, SJSU, 6-4, 6-2
5. Lauren Drew, Idaho, def. Silvana Dukic, SJSU, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
6. Carolyn Berry, Idaho, def. Dana Popescu, SJSU, 6-4, 6-0

Doubles Matches
1. Ruman/Tinnirello, Idaho, def. Tavita/Silverstone, SJSU, 8-5
2. Drew/Leopold, Idaho, def. Dukic/Williams, SJSU, 8-1
3. Leoni/Shrubb, Idaho, def. Koenigsfeld/Larijani, SJSU, 8-5

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