Tennis On the Road For Important Weekend in MW
April 12, 2013
By Stephanie Juncker
By Stephanie Juncker
FRESNO, Calif. ---Riding a four match winning streak and undefeated conference record through its first four Mountain West matches, the No. 55 women's tennis team hits the road this weekend for two critical MW matches in Las Vegas, Nev. Fresno State first faces No. 48 San Diego State on Saturday at 10 a.m., then UNLV on Sunday also at 10 a.m. Both matches will be played at UNLV's Fertitta Tennis Complex.
With the Mountain West tournament less than two weeks away, the matches against the Aztecs and Rebels will have major implications in the conference race and seeding for the MW tournament. Fresno State (4-0) and SDSU (3-0) are the only undefeated teams remaining in the conference standings with UNLV (2-1) sitting in fourth-place after dropping its conference opener to the Aztecs.
About the Competition
This will be the 13th meeting between FS and SDSU. The Aztecs lead the series 7-5, however the Bulldogs have won four straight meetings. The last meeting came in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament in Tempe, Ariz. and was won by the Bulldogs 4-0.
UNLV (12-6) has 10 home victories this season leading up to the match with the 'Dogs. The Rebels went 2-1 in San Diego last weekend dropping only to the nationally ranked Aztecs and winning convincingly over the Broncos and Lobos. The Rebels boast two nationally-ranked players in singles including last year's MW Player of the Year. Junior Aleksandra Josifoska is the top ranked player in the Mountain West at No. 32, while classmate and reigning conference POY Lucia Batta sits at No. 89. Josifoska is 12-3 in dual matches playing at the top spot, while Batta is undefeated at 17-0 at No. 2.
Sunday's matchup between the 'Dogs and Rebels will be the 17th meeting all-time and Fresno State leads the series 9-7. The teams have already met once this year at the California Kick-Off Weekend at the end of January in Berkeley. The Bulldogs picked up a 5-2 win on the strength of the bottom half of the lineup. FS won the doubles point with wins on courts two and three, with court three coming in a tiebreaker. The 'Dogs then carried that momentum into singles winning on courts three through six, two in three sets.
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