DENVER (9-3, 2-0)
The University of Denver No. 58 women’s tennis team defeated Idaho 6-1 on Friday in Arlington, Texas ... the Pioneers won two of three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead ... Sophia Bergner beat Almudena Sanz 6-4, 6-2 ... Emma Isberg claimed a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Idaho’s Constance Alexander ... the victory improves the Pioneers to 9-3 this spring season ... the Pioneers will be back on the road as they travel to Louisiana Tech to face UTSA on Friday March 29 and the Lady Techsters on Saturday March 30.
IDAHO (6-8, 0-1)
The Idaho women’s tennis team fell to No. 58 Denver, 6-1 ... Idaho drops to 6-8 and 0-1 in the WAC with the loss ... Almudena Sanz lost to Sophia Bergner at the No. 1 spot, 6-4, 6-2 ... the Vandals next travel to San Antonio, Texas starting April 5 for four matches against UTSA, New Mexico State, UT Arlington and Louisiana Tech.
LOUISIANA TECH (8-4, 3-1)
LA Tech played four conference matches in three days and won three of them ... LA Tech was tied 2-2 with San Jose State who has been ranked as high as No. 64 in the country according to the ITA, and had three singles matches go three sets but eventually fell to the Spartans, 5-2 ...prior to this season, LA Tech had a combined record of 1-23 in WAC games played during the regular season ... first-year head coach Freddy Gomez has already eclipsed that in the first conference weekend.
NEW MEXICO STATE (5-10, 1-3)
After a rough start on the road, the New Mexico State women’s tennis team claimed its first conference win with a 5-2 decision over Seattle University ... the Aggie win boosts their overall record to 5-10 and 1-3 in WAC play ... Ginet Pinero helped the Aggies with a two-set victory at the No. 2 court ... the senior now sits on a 2-2 conference record ... Denise Van Der Ben and Annemieke Witte also picked up straight-set wins at the third and fourth positions ... the Aggies continue on the road with a trip to meet Rio Grande rival New Mexico on Saturday, March 30, at 12 p.m.
SAN JOSE STATE (10-4, 2-0)
The San Jose State women’s tennis team had three singles matches go into three sets, as the Spartans went to defeat Louisiana Tech, 5-2 ... the win for San Jose State is its third in a row and fifth in the last six matches ... in singles play, the Spartans’ three-set singles wins came at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 ... in doubles, Erica Medlin and Leon Chao paired up against Ten Dolle and Manoela Chiacchio, winning their set, 8-6 ... the Spartans travel to San Marcos, Texas to compete in three dual matches against Seattle U., UT Airlington, and Texas State starting Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31.
SEATTLE U (4-10, 0-3)
The 7-0 victory over Southern Utah was Seattle U’s first win of the season ... three Redhawks earned their first singles victories of the dual season. Kevin Lynch won 7-6, 6-3 at No. 1 singles, Kyle Rapp won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles, and Flavio Malagutti won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 singles ... Lynch’s win at No. 1 singles was his first ever win atop the singles lineup ... the wins by Kosanke and Clare at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, respectively, also represent their highest- seed of victory.
TEXAS STATE (6-5, 3-1)
Texas State won two of its three matches last week to improve to 3-1 in conference play this season … the Bobcats are 6-5 overall this year … the Bobcats began the week with a hard-fought 4-3 loss against Louisiana Tech before coming back to edge New Mexico State 4-3 and beat Seattle 7-0 in San Jose, Calif. … the two wins against New Mexico State and Seattle mark the first time Texas State has won back-to-back matches since defeating UT Pan American and St. Edward’s to begin the spring… Rachel Baldree (noted below) and Texas State’s No. 1 singles player Jessica Kahts were 3-0 in singles play last week … Kahts won her No. 1 singles matches in straight sets as she defeated La. Tech’s Vivian ten Dolle 7-6 (7-5), 6-0; New Mexico State’s Jodie Williams, 6-2, 6-2 and Seattle’s Lindsey Newman, 6-3, 6-4. Kahts is 8-2 this season in singles play with a 4-0 mark against WAC opponents ... Mariana Perez and Monica Pieratt also are 3-1 versus conference foes this season.
UT ARLINGTON (2-8, 1-1)
The UT Arlington women’s tennis team defeated Utah State 5-2 at the UTA Tennis Center ... Liucija Smaizyte, Verena Scott, Elizabeth Thoms, and Brooke Dennis each won their singles match to help propel the Mavericks to their first WAC win of the season ... Katarina Dikosavljevic and Christine Foote as well as Giada D’ortona and Scott won their doubles matches against the Aggies to leave the final doubles match of the day unfinished as UTA clenched the 5-2 win ... the Mavericks will face Texas State in San Marcos, Texas at 2 p.m. March 28 to continue WAC play.
UTSA (5-7, 0-1)
UTSA lost its only match of the week, a 6-1 setback to Abilene Christian last Sunday ... Irene Gandara Gonzalez picked up the lone point for UTSA after she won in straight sets at the No. 6 singles spot ... the Roadrunners begin a three game WAC swing in Ruston, La., on Mar. 29 ... UTSA will face-off against Denver, Utah State and Louisiana Tech.
UTAH STATE (4-6, 0-1)
Utah State women’s tennis fell at UT Arlington, 5-2, in its WAC opener Saturday as USU is now 4-6 on the season, including an 0-1 mark in league play ... in singles action, sophomore McKenzie Davis posted a straight sets win at the No. 1 spot (6-3, 6-0), while senior Jaci West won in straight sets at the No. 2 spot (6-4, 6-4) ... Julie Tukuafu was defeated by Brook Dennis in the third position in three sets (3-6, 6-2, 6-3) ... Utah State will stay on the road next weekend as it travels to Ruston, La., to take on WAC rivals Louisiana Tech on Friday, Mar. 29, at 8:30 a.m. (MT) and UTSA on Saturday, Mar. 30 at 2 p.m. (MT).