This Week in WAC Women's Tennis - March 20
Tuesday, March 20
New Mexico State at Texas State, 1:00 p.m. CT
Thursday, March 22
New Mexico State at UTSA, 12:30 p.m. CT
Friday, March 23
San Francisco at Utah State, 12:00 p.m. MT
San Jose State vs. Drake (Las Vegas, Nev.), 12:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 24
*Louisiana Tech at Utah State, 10:00 a.m. PT
San Jose State vs. North Dakota (Las Vegas, Nev.), 10:00 a.m. PT
#45 Pepperdine at #55 Fresno State, 12:00 p.m. PT
Sunday, March 25
San Jose State vs. Idaho State (Las Vegas, Nev.), 10:00 a.m. PT
Pacific at #60 Fresno State, 12:00 p.m. PT
Louisiana Tech at Weber State, 2:00 p.m. MT
* WAC matchup
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK (March 12-18)
Hawai’i’s Barbara Pinterova has been named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week for March 12-18.
Pinterova, a senior from Bratislava, Slovakia (University of Florida), posted a 3-1 record in both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, as the Rainbow Wahine went 3-1 on the week. Pinterova earned straight-set wins over Montana State’s Charlotta Hjalmarsson and Illinois State’s Aniko Kiss, and topped No. 59 Wyoming’s Veronica Popovic in a tiebreaker (7-5, 4-6, 10-3). Her lone loss came to No. 19 Notre Dame’s Shannon Matthews, the No. 52-ranked player in the nation, in a three-set thriller in which she fell 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.
In doubles, with partner Jamie Pawid, her only loss came to the No. 2 ranked duo in the country from Notre Dame, Kristy Frilling and Shannon Matthews, 8-4.
Other women’s nominees included: Fresno State sophomore Marianne Jodoin … Idaho sophomore Beatriz Flores … Louisiana Tech junior Alena Erofeyeva … New Mexico State senior Manon Sylvain.
No. 55 Fresno State defeated No. 70 UNLV, 5-2, last Friday, the fifth dual-victory in a row for the Bulldogs. Marianne Jodoin earned an impressive victory over Lucia Batta, who was ranked No. 59 in the nation.
This week, the Bulldogs host No. 45 Pepperdine on Saturday and Pacific on Sunday.
No. 54 Hawai’i went 2-1 last week, defeating both Illinois State (6-1) and No. 59 Wyoming (6-1), after opening the week with a 6-1 defeat to Notre Dame.
This week, the Rainbow Whaine are off. UH is in action again on March 30, hosting UC Davis.
Idaho went 2-0 last weekend, defeating Houston, 4-3, on Friday and Kansas, 4-2, on Sunday. Beatriz Flores went 2-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles on the week, and her three-set singles win at No. 6 against Kansas clinched the match victory for the Vandals.
This week, the Vandals are off. UI is in action next against Portland on April 1.
Last week, went 2-0, defeating Xavier (La.), 7-0, on Saturday and Nicholls State, 5-2, on Sunday. The sweep of Xavier was the first of the season for the Lady Techsters. Senior Maartje de Wit extended her undefeated run in singles to four matches with two wins on the weekend.
This week, Louisiana Tech travels to Utah for two duals. The Lady Techsters face Utah State, in a conference dual, on Saturday and Weber State of Sunday.
Nevada had two matches, against Santa Clara and San Francisco, cancelled due to inclement weather last weekend.
This week, the Wolf Pack are off. Nevada returns to action on March 31, in Fresno, Calif., against UC Santa Barbara.
NEW MEXICO STATE
New Mexico State went 1-0 last week, defeating UTEP, 4-3, and having a match against St. Edward’s delayed due to rain. The makeup date it yet to be determined.
This week, New Mexico State will face Texas State on Tuesday and UTSA on Thursday.
SAN JOSE STATE
San Jose State went 1-0 last week, defeating Academy of Art, 7-0, on Friday for its sixth-straight win on the season. The Spartans also had a match postponed due to rain against Dominican. The makeup date it yet to be determined.
This week, the Spartans have three matches at the Las Vegas Round Robin, facing Drake on Friday, North Dakota on Saturday and Idaho State on Sunday.
Utah State was off last week. In its last action, USU fell to Montana, 5-2, on March 10.
This week, the Aggies host San Francisco on Friday and Louisiana Tech on Saturday, in a conference dual.