Women's Tennis Falls Just Short Of Giant Upset At No. 11 Cal|
Jan. 26, 2018
BERKELEY, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV women’s tennis team came up two games short of posting the biggest upset in program history but ultimately fell 4-3 at 11th-ranked California Friday to open play at the 2018 ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
After a morning rain delay, the Rebels (2-1) shocked the host Golden Bears by winning the doubles point and, after tying the overall match at 3 in singles, were leading in the final set before Cal rallied to avoid the stunner.
REBEL OF THE MATCH: Junior Aiwen Zhu not only teamed with En-Pei Huang to win at the top spot in doubles, but she also knocked off the 27th-ranked player in the country in singles play, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 over Anna Bright.
STAT OF THE MATCH: Samantha Li led 4-2 in the third set in the deciding match but then saw Alexis Nelson win the final four games to clinch it for Cal.
QUOTABLE: "I’m proud of the way we competed today but we let a big opportunity slip away. Tomorrow we’ll have another great challenge in front of us and we’re looking forward to getting back out there.”
-UNLV head coach Kevin Cory
NET NOTES: Zhu, the reigning Mountain West Player of the Week, improved to 13-1 in her career while playing at the No. 1 position in dual matches.
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV moves into the consolation round of the tournament and will face the loser of Friday’s late match between Texas and Mississippi State. Doubles starts Saturday at 10 a.m. PT, weather permitting.
Women’s Tennis Match Results ITA Kick-Off Weekend First Round #11 CAL 4, UNLV 3 Jan. 26, 2018, at Berkeley, CA (Hellman Tennis Center)