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This Week in WAC Women's Tennis - Feb. 27

This Week in WAC Women's Tennis - Feb. 27
NM State's Mauri Benitez and Grand Canyon's Emilia Occhipinti, and NM State's doubles team Chloe Gavino and Rebecca Keijzerwaard have been named the Men's and Women's Western Athletic Conference Tennis Athletes of the Week, respectively, for Feb. 19-25.
Benitez, a senior from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, finished the weekend 2-0 and left one match unfinished. He earned a win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6-3, 6-3 and UT Rio Grande Valley 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. His first match of the weekend against Troy went unfinished ending 7-6, 6-4, 2-3. As a team, NM State fell to Troy and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi but defeated UT Rio Grande Valley 4-3. Benitez has won four of his last six matches and is now 5-3 on the year.
Occhipinti, a junior from Ragusa, Italy, picked up two victories over opponents from Liberty and Sacramento State. She defeated Liberty 7-6, 6-1 and Sacramento State 6-2, 6-2. Grand Canyon lost to Liberty 6-1 but defeated Sacramento State 5-2
Gavino, a freshman from Tucson, Ariz., and Keijzerwaard, a junior from Oudenhoorn, Netherlands, won 6-2 and 6-1 over opponents from Central Oklahoma and UTSA. Gavino has now won seven straight doubles matches with three different teammates. Her last three wins have occurred while paired with Keijzerwaard. 
Other male singles nominees: Grand Canyon's Lucas Grego improved to 8-0 on the season with a 6-4, 6-4 win against UC-Santa Barbara… Yehonatan Kaufman of UT Rio Grande Valley defeated DePaul 6-3, 6-1 and NM State 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Other female singles nominees: Kansas City's Michela Xibilia won her first singles match of the year against Missouri State 4-6, 7-6, 7-5… Harsha Challa of NM State clinched the match against Central Oklahoma with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory… UT Rio Grande Valley's Dominique Ibarra won her third straight match against Abilene Christian 6-2, 6-3.
Other female doubles nominees: Grand Canyon's Autum Prudhomme and Celia Morel won both matches against Liberty and Sacramento State clinching the doubles point with a 6-2 win over Sacramento State… Michela Xibilia and Yana Grechkina of Kansas City won the final set, 7-6, to earn Kansas City the doubles point in a 4-0 win over Missouri State.
Chicago State lost 1-6 to Bradley. Lizi Morgoshia was the only Cougar to win defeating her opponent 6-0, 5-7, 10-6.
The Lopes split over the weekend losing 1-4 to Liberty but beating Sacramento State 5-2. Emilia Occhipinti earned the solo point for GCU over Liberty winning 7-6, 6-1. Against Sacramento State, GCU swept the doubles matches to earn the point. Occhipinti, Celina Buhr, Ludovica Infantino, and Celia Morel all went on to win their singles matches in straight sets to seal the win for the Lopes.
Kansas City cruised past Missouri State winning 4-0. The Roos earned the doubles points followed by singles wins from Michela Xibilia, Yana Grechkina,  and Riddhi Sharma. Sharma was the only one to win in straight sets with scores of 6-2, 6-3.
The Aggies won 4-3 twice over Central Oklahoma and UTSA. NM State won the doubles point against Central Oklahoma with victories form Harsha Challa and Gavi Kalaga and Chloe Gavino and Rebessa Keijzerwaard. Challa also won her singles match along with Yadira Rubio and Lindsay Harlas. The Aggies swept UTSA in doubles to clinch the first point of the day. Challa and Rubio found success in singles again as they were joined this time by Kalaga.
Seattle U fell twice losing 0-7 to Washington State and 3-4 to Brigham Young.  Hannah Gianan, Kali McCollister, and Lily-Ana Kreutzer won their singles matches in straight sets but it wasn't enough as BYU claimed the doubles point.
UT Rio Grande Valley split with a 4-3 win over Abilene Christian and a 0-4 loss to Texas A&M. Abilene Christian won the doubles point but UTRGV responded in singles winning four. Dominique Ibarra and Sandra Putz both won in straight sets. Michelle Walker and Nethmi Waduge also pulled off victories to secure the team win. 
The 2019 WAC Men's and Women's Tennis Tournaments will be hosted by UT Rio Grande Valley on April 26-28 in Brownsville, Texas. All six teams will compete in the Tournament as the first round will be No. 4 seed against No. 5 seed and No. 3 seed takes on No. 6 seed. No. 1 and No. 2 seeds earn a ticket straight to the semifinals. The winner of the tournament will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as the WAC representative. The reigning tournament champion is NM State as they defeated NM State 4-0 in the Championship match last year.
The 2019 Tennis National Championships will take place in Orlando, Fla. at the USTA National Campus Collegiate Center on May 16-25.