This Week in WAC Women's Tennis - April 24
Thursday, April 26 (Las Cruces, N.M.)
Match 1: No. 1 Fresno State vs. No. 8 Louisiana Tech, 9:00 a.m. MT
Match 2: No. 4 New Mexico State vs. No. 5 San Jose State, 12:00 p.m. MT
Match 3: No. 3 Idaho vs. No. 6 Utah State, 9:00 a.m. MT
Match 4: No. 2 Hawai’i vs. No. 7 Nevada, 12:00 p.m. MT
Friday, April 27 (Las Cruces, N.M.)
Match 5: Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2, 9:00 a.m. MT
Match 6: Winner of Match 3 vs. Winner of Match 4, 12:00 p.m. MT
Saturday, April 28 (Las Cruces, N.M.)
Championship: Winner of Match 5 vs. Winner of Match 6, 10:00 a.m. MT
* WAC matchup
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK (April 16-22)
DENVER – Idaho’s Almudena Sanz has been named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week, for the week of April 16-22.
Sanz, a sophomore from Oviedo, Spain, put together a perfect week of tennis, going 3-0 at No. 2 singles and 3-0 at No. 1 doubles. Her wins helped the Vandals earn the doubles point in all three matches and as they secured a pair of conference victories. Sanz won all three of her singles matches in straight sets. She was the only Vandal player to win a singles match at San Francisco, finishing with an impressive 6-4, 6-1, win over Marina Nikolic . Against San Jose, Sanz cruised to a 6-0 second set win over Chau Truong. She has now won her last eight times on the court, including four straight singles wins and four straight doubles wins.
Other women’s nominees included: Hawai’i junior Katarina Poljakova … Nevada Emma Verberne … New Mexico State senior Natalia Salum … Utah State freshman McKenzie Davis.
WAC IN THE RANKINGS
Two WAC teams are ranked in the April 10 ITA Rankings. Fresno State is at No. 48 and Hawai’i checks in at No. 58. Fresno State’s Marianne Jodoin is the lone ranked singles player in the WAC, at No. 42 in the nation.
Last week, No. 48 Fresno State went 2-1. The Bulldogs began the week with a 7-0 loss to No. 10 California on Tuesday, but closed the with back-to-back 5-2 wins over Cal Poly and Loyola Marymount.
This week, the Bulldogs will be the top seed in the WAC Women’s Tennis Tournament in Las Cruces. Fresno State will open against No. 8 Louisiana Tech on Thursday.
No. 58 Hawai’i went 1-0 last week, picking up a 7-0 conference win over Nevada on Sunday. The win helped the Rainbow Wahine clinch the No. 2 spot in the WAC Tennis Tournament, which will take place this week in Las Cruces, N.M.
The Rainbow Wahine will open the tournament on Thursday with a dual against No. 7 Nevada.
Idaho went 2-1 last week. The Vandals fell to San Francisco, 5-2, on Thursday, but rallied to claim two conference duals, defeating both San Jose State and Louisiana Tech by 5-2 scores.
The wins earned the Vandals the No. 3 seed in the WAC Women’s Tennis Tournament in Las Cruces, N.M. Idaho will face No. 6 Utah State in the first round on Thursday.
Last week, Louisiana Tech went 1-1. The Lady Techsters defeated Lewis-Clark State 7-0 on Saturday and fell to conference foe Idaho 5-2 on Sunday.
This week, the Lday Techsters will be the No. 8 seed in the WAC Women’s Tennis Tournament in Las Cruces, N.M. Louisiana Tech will face No. 1 Fresno State on Thursday.
Last week, Nevada went 0-2 last weekend, falling in two WAC matches. The Wolf Pack fell 4-3 to Utah State on Saturday and 7-0 to Hawai’i on Sunday.
This week, Nevada will be the No. 7 seed in the WAC Women’s Tennis Championship in Las Cruces, N.M. The Wolf Pack will face No. 2 Hawai’i on Thursday in the first round.
NEW MEXICO STATE
Last week, New Mexico State went 2-0. The Aggies defeated Western New Mexico 7-0 on Wednesday and then topped rival New Mexico 5-2 on Sunday. The wins left NMSU at 11-7 on the season.
This week, New Mexico State will be the No. 4 seed in the WAC Women’s Tennis Tournament in Las Cruces, N.M. The Aggies will face No. 5 seed San Jose State on Thursday.
SAN JOSE STATE
Last week, San Jose State fell to Idaho, 5-2, on Friday. The loss dropped the Spartans to 13-6 on the season.
This week, the Spartans will be the No. 5 seed in the WAC Women’s Tennis Tournament in Las Cruces, N.M. The Aggies will face No. 4 seed New Mexico State on Thursday.
Last week, Utah State defeated conference foe Nevada, 4-3, to close out the regular season.
This week, the Aggies will be the No. 6 seed in the WAC Women’s Tennis Tournament in Las Cruces, N.M. The Aggies will face No. 3 seed Idaho on Thursday.