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This Week in WAC Women's Tennis - April 10

This Week in WAC Women's Tennis - April 10
 
UTRGV AND GCU REPRESENT ATHLETES OF THE WEEK HONORS
UT Rio Grande Valley's Dominique Ibarra and Grand Canyon's doubles team Autum Prudhomme and Celia Morel have been named the Women's Western Athletic Conference Tennis Athletes of the Week for April 2- 8.
 
Ibarra, a senior from Barcelona, Spain, closed out WAC-play with a 2-0 weekend and a perfect 5-0 record at the No. 1 spot. She defeated an opponent from Kansas City 6-1, 6-1 and Grand Canyon 6-0, 6-3. Ibarra has won 12 straight matches and hasn't lost since January 19.
 
Prudhomme, a sophomore from Glendale, Ariz., and Morel, a junior from Passy, France, won all five matches in conference-play as a pair. They are the first Grand Canyon duo to do so since 2016. Their most recent wins both came with a 6-4 margin over Chicago State and UT Rio Grande Valley.
 
Other female singles nominees: Chicago State's Anastasiia Goncharova went 2-1 in her final WAC matches of the season… Celina Buhr of Grand Canyon ends WAC-play with a 4-1 record and has earned 10 singles wins on the year… Kansas City's Katie Fries won three-straight matches to close conference play and holds the highest winning percentage for the 'Roos in singles play. 
 
Other female doubles nominees: Chicago State's Katarina Drazic and Diana Borodina finished 4-1 in WAC-play from the No. 2 slot… Michela Xibilia and Yana Grechkina of Kansas City improved to 6-8 on the year and 3-2 in conference play… UT Rio Grande Valley's Dominique Ibarra and Marine Darzyan earned a 2-0 record over the weekend and finished conference matches 4-1.
 
THIS WEEK IN WAC WOMEN'S TENNIS
CHICAGO STATE
Chicago State picked up a big win over NM State but lost to Grand Canyon and Kansas City. The Cougars earned the doubles point over NM State and the top  five spots in singles. Kristina Pukhaeva, Iesha Shepherd, and Katarina Drazic all won in straight sets.
 
GRAND CANYON
The Lopes earned a 6-1 win over Chicago State before dropping their only WAC loss to UT Rio Grande Valley 3-4. The Lopes won two of three doubles matches to steal the first point against Chicago State. The Cougars snagged just one singles match from GCU in the No. 2 spot.
 
KANSAS CITY
The Roos went 3-0 in the second round of conference play. They picked up their first win over UT Rio Grande Valley. Kansas City was swept in doubles play but answered in singles earning five wins. UMKC followed with a dominant 6-1 win over Seattle U. They wrapped up the weekend with a narrow victory against Chicago State 4-3. Kansas City once again lost the doubles point but was able to secure a win in singles play. Katie Fries, Yana Grechkina, Grace Ball, and Thanushree Vale all won in straight sets to secure the team victory.
 
NM STATE
The Aggies split the weekend 1-1 winning over Seattle U but dropping to Chicago State. NM State snuck past Seattle U, 4-3. They won the doubles point and earned victories from the No. 4, 5, and 6 singles slots to clinch the team win.
 
SEATTLE U
Seattle U lost 3-4 to NM State and 1-6 to Kansas City. The Redhawks won the top three singles spots against NM State but it wasn't enough as the Aggies held them off in doubles.
 
UT RIO GRANDE VALLEY
UT Rio Grande Valley lost 2-5 to Kansas City but rebounded handing Grand Canyon their solo WAC-loss 4-3. The Lopes struck first winning the doubles point before UTRGV ran away with four singles wins. Dominique Ibarra and Sandra Putz earned wins in straight sets. Doris Aleksovska and Nethmi Waduge joined them with victories to clinch the team win.
 
2019 WAC TOURNAMENT
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. No. 6 Seattle U faces No. 3 Kansas City while No. 5 Chicago State squares off against No. 4 UT Rio Grande Valley. No. 1 Grand Canyon and No. 2 NM State await their matchups depending on the outcome of the first round.
 
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2019 Tennis National Championships will take place in Orlando, Fla. at the USTA National Campus Collegiate Center on May 16-25.