April 24, 2014
2014 Mountain West Women's Tennis Championship
Sierra Sport & Racquet Club Fresno, Calif. April 23-27
#1 Fresno State (13-8, 5-0 MW) vs. #8 UNLV (11-10, 2-3 MW)
MW Quarterfinals April 26, 2014 9:30 a.m. PT
Series Record: Fresno State leads 10-8
Last Meeting: March 30, 2014 (W: 4-3)
Live Stats: TheMW.com
Top Seeded 'Dogs Open MW Championship vs. UNLV
As the host school of the 2014 Mountain West Championship's, the No. 71 Fresno State women's tennis team earned a top seed into the tournament and opens play in the quarterfinals against No. 8 seed UNLV on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Sierra Sport and Racquet Club in Fresno, Calif. The Bulldogs have won their last nine matches and 12 of the past 13. The 'Dogs enter the tournament with a 13-8 overall record, including a perfect 5-0 mark in conference play.
About the Competition
No. 8 seed UNLV (11-10, 2-3 MW) earned its way to the quarterfinals of the tournament after defeating Air Force 4-1 in the opening round on Wednesday. The Rebels entered the tournament with a 2-3 MW record as the defending conference champion. Lucia Batta who is ranked 75th in the nation leads UNLV at No. 1 with a 15-6 mark on the season. When the two teams faced during regular season play in Fresno, the Bulldogs won the doubles point and walked away with the 4-3 conference victory.
Three Bulldogs Named to All-MW Teams
Three Bulldogs were named to the 2014 All-Mountain West tennis teams by the conference on Wednesday night at the annual banquet. Sophomores Sophie Watts and Rana Sherif Ahmed were both named the All-Mountain West Singles Team. Watts finished regular season with a 12-9 mark at the No. 1 spot including a 4-1 MW record, while Ahmed won seven matches for the 'Dogs this spring at the No. 2 slate. Sophie Watts was also named to the All-Mountain West Doubles Team alongside doubles partner Anneka Watts. The twin duo went 14-3 overall this spring which was highlighted by a 10-match win streak from Feb. 8-March 16.
The Bulldogs enter MW Championship play on a nine-match win streak and are in route to the programs best finish in five years. Fresno State clinched an undefeated (7-0) home record with a huge win UNLV on March 30 and then went on to seal a perfect 5-0 conference record their next weekend out with 5-2 victories over San Jose State and Nevada. This is the first time Fresno State has had undefeated home recorded and conference record since 2009. The same year the 'Dogs went on to win the conference title and improve to Sweet 16 the NCAA Tournament while on a 15-game win streak.
Fresno State enters the tournament with an ITA team ranking of No. 71. Sophomore Sophie Watts maintained her singles ITA ranking this week and currently resides at No. 78. Fresno State is currently the highest ranked team in the MW. The next round of ITA rankings will be release on May 1.
2014 Mountain West Tennis Championships
Fresno State will serve as host to the 2014 Mountain West Men's and Women's Tennis Championships on April 23-27, 2014, at the Sierra Sport & Racquet Club in Fresno, Calif. This is the first time in conference history that the MW Tennis Championships will be held in Fresno. First-round action begins on Wednesday, April 23 at 10 a.m. Matches will start at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesday-Saturday. The women's championship match will take place on Sunday, April 27 at 10 a.m. and the men's championship game will follow directly afterwards at 1 p.m. There will be a $5 cover for adults and $2 charge for children. For more information on the 2014 MW Tennis Championships, visit the Championship Central page at TheMW.com.
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