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This Week in WAC Women's Tennis - March 6

This Week in WAC Women's Tennis - March 6
Grand Canyon's Mathieu Rajaonah and NM State's Harsha Challa, and Grand Canyon's doubles team Lorenzo Fucile and Mathieu Rajaonah and UT Rio Grande Valley's doubles team Dominique Ibarra and Marine Darzyan have been named the Men's and Women's Western Athletic Conference Tennis Athletes of the Week, respectively, for Feb. 26-March 4.
Rajaonah, a senior from Marseille, France, won 6-2, 7-5 over an opponent from UCLA. As a team, UCLA is ranked No. 23 in the nation. This win advances Rajaonah to 5-4 in singles play on the season.
Challa, a sophomore from Hyderabad, India, has won six straight matches with two left unfinished. This weekend she defeated competition from Montana State, 6-2, 6-4, and from Wyoming, 7-5, 6-3. Her win over Wyoming was her first from the No. 2 slot.
Fucile, a junior from Messina, Italy, and Rajaonah, a senior from Marseille, France, won 6-4 over a pair from UCLA. The duo extends their perfect record to 7-0 and clinched the doubles point for GCU with the victory.
Ibarra, a senior from Barcelona, Spain, and Darzyan, a senior from Volgogrod, Russia, picked up their fourth win as a duo, 6-4, against Houston.
Other male singles nominees: Kansas City's Neil O'Connor was one game away from a sweep over Lindenwood winning 6-0, 6-1 from the No. 4 spot… Martin Simicek of NM State won 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 against UT Arlington… UT Rio Grande Valley's Mateo Schmit finished the weekend 2-1 posting victories over Laredo Community College and UTSA.
Other female singles nominees: Chicago State's Diana Borodina has won six of her last seven matches with her two most recent being victories against Omaha and Creighton… Thanushree Vale of Kansas City won 6-3, 6-4 over Oklahoma… UT Rio Grande Valley's Dominique Ibarra won her fourth straight match 6-3, 6-4 over Houston to improve to 4-2 on the season.
Other male doubles nominees: Ben Stride and Diego Giraldo moved to 5-2 overall in the No. 1 doubles slot with a 6-1 convincing win over Lindenwood… NM State's Enrique Asmar and Louis Menard won 6-2 against UT Arlington advancing to 4-2 in dual play.
Other female doubles nominees: Chicago State's Maria Kuzminskaya and Anastasiia Goncharova won 6-1 against Omaha earning CSU the doubles point… Lindsay Harlas and Yadira Rubio defeated a duo from Wyoming 6-2.
Chicago State beat Omaha 4-3 but fell short to Creighton 2-5. Against Omaha, CSU clinched the doubles point with wins from Diana Borodina and Katarina Drazic and Maria Kuzmankaya and Anastasiia Goncharova. Drazic, Borodina and Kuzmankaya also won in singles to seal the victory. Borodina added another win against Creighton, 6-2, 6-2. Goncharova accounted for the other point against Creighton winning 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
The Lopes defeated Portland 4-3. GCU opened the day with a sweep in doubles to secure the first point. Emilia Occhipinti, Celia Morel, and Martina Lo Pumo all won in singles. Occhipinti won in the No. 1 spot 2-6, 6-2, 7-6. Morel and Lo Pumo both won in straight sets 6-1, 7-6 and 6-4, 6-3, respectively.
Kansas City fell to Kansas State 0-4. They followed with a 1-4 loss to Oklahoma. Thanushree Vale earned the only win with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.
The Aggies won 4-3 over Montana State but lost to Wyoming 1-4. NMSU won four singles matches after losing the doubles point. Harsha Challa, Yadira Rubio, Neus Torregrosa, and Gavi Kalaga all won in straight sets. Against Wyoming, Challa snagged the solo point winning 7-5, 6-3.
UTRGV lost 2-5 to Houston. They earned the doubles point with wins from Marine Darzyan and Dominique Ibarra and Sandra Putz and Katarina Sasaroga. Ibarra claimed the only victory in singles with a 6-3, 6-4 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.