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Women's Tennis Rebounds To Surprise Mississippi State

Jan. 27, 2018

Box Score

BERKELEY, Calif. ( - Just a day after nearly knocking off the host Cal Bears, the UNLV women’s tennis team this time finished the job Saturday with a thrilling 4-3 upset victory over Mississippi State in the consolation round of ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

Playing at the Hellman Tennis Center, UNLV improved to 3-1 while the SEC’s Bulldogs, who finished last season ranked 20th in the nation, fell to 2-2 overall.

REBEL OF THE MATCH: Sophomore En-Pei Huang first teamed up with Aiwen Zhu for a 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles and then, playing at the third spot in singles, gutted out a second-set tiebreaker to clinch it for the Rebels when the team match was tied at 3.

STAT OF THE MATCH: UNLV won the doubles point for the second consecutive day vs. a Power 5 opponent. The Rebels only won doubles against a Power 5 a total of two times last season.

QUOTABLE: "Today was a great college tennis match. Our team really came ready to play against a very good MSU team from the SEC. We felt we let a great opportunity get away yesterday (vs. Cal) so I was happy to see them bounce back and compete so well today.”

-UNLV head coach Kevin Cory

NET NOTES: Zhu, the reigning Mountain West Player of the Week, improved to 4-0 this season and 14-1 in her career while playing at the No. 1 position in dual matches.

NEXT FOR THE REBELS: UNLV continues on the road with a match at Arizona State Friday.

Women’s Tennis Match Results
ITA Kick-Off Weekend Consolation Round
Jan. 27, 2018, at Berkeley, CA
(Hellman Tennis Center)

Singles competition 1. Aiwen Zhu (UNLV) def. Masison Harrison (MSU) 6-3, 6-2 2. Izumi Asano (UNLV) def. Janina Braun (MSU) 6-2, 6-1 3. En-Pei Huang (UNLV) def. Magda Adaloglou (MSU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) 4. Anastasia Rentouli (MSU) def. Anna Bogoslavets (UNLV) 6-4, 6-2 5. Sara Lizariturry (MSU) def. Samantha Li (UNLV) 6-4, 6-4 6. Khrystyna Vozniak (MSU) def. Juliet Zhang (UNLV) 6-3, 6-1

Doubles competition 1. En-Pei Huang/Aiwen Zhu (UNLV) def. Masison Harrison/Khrystyna Vozniak (MSU) 6-3 2. Janina Braun/Magda Adaloglou (MSU) def. Anna Bogoslavets/Samantha Li (UNLV) 6-2 3. Juliet Zhang/Izumi Asano (UNLV) def. Sara Lizariturry/Anastasia Rentouli (MSU) 6-2



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