Shock 'N' Paw!
Feb. 19, 2010
LAS VEGAS - The 50th-ranked UNLV women's tennis team improved to 6-2 on the season after nearly shutting out No. 41 Fresno State, 6-1, at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on Friday.
The Lady Rebels' most impressive outing of the spring included senior standout Kristina Nedeltcheva upsetting the sixth-ranked singles player in all of college tennis. UNLV's newly crowned career doubles victories leader also earned a huge win with partner Jana Albers to help set the tone as they defeated last year's No. 1 ranked duo, Anastasia Petukhova and Renata Kucerkova, 8-5.
In fact, it was a clean sweep for the hosts as Alisa Razina and Anna Maskaljun, fresh from receiving their first career ranking at No. 43, won 8-4 at the second position after Nives Pavlovic and Adrienn Hidvegi started things off with an 8-2 victory on court three.
Moving to singles, the Lady Rebels wasted no time in clinching the team victory. Nedeltcheva, ranked 45th, upped her overall record to 18-3 with a 6-2, 6-3 shocker over Petukhova. The UNLV senior is now 7-0 at the No. 1 spot in 2010 and, remarkably, has not lost a dual match since March 27, 2009. With a fall tournament victory over 10th-ranked Allie Will of Florida already on her resume, Nedeltcheva now boasts wins over two players ranked in this week's national top 10.
Pavlovic won her match at No. 2 over Renata Kucerkova, 6-4, 6-3, while 72nd-ranked Albers downed Laura Pola 6-3, 7-5 at the third spot. Maskaljun posted the afternoon's other sweep, 6-3, 6-2, over Bianca Modoc on court five.
Hidvegi rallied past Olga Kirpicheva 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3) at No. 4 to make it 6-0 before Bulldog Julia Gragera came from way back to score her team's only point, 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-6) over Rumyana Terzieva.
UNLV, which had lost three straight to the Bulldogs, improved to 6-7 all-time vs. their former conference rivals.
"Our girls really came to play today and the result was one of the best overall team performances we've had here in the last three to four years," UNLV head coach Kevin Cory said. "Fresno State is an excellent program that will beat a lot of good teams this season. What a huge day for Kristina -- beating the number six singles player and the preseason number one doubles team in the same match. She is playing with so much confidence right now. Now we have to prepare for two more big matches."
UNLV will get right back on the courts, weather permitting, on Saturday when it hosts No. 56 San Diego starting with doubles play at 10 a.m. PT. The Lady Rebels are scheduled to take on No. 39 Texas A&M on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. Admission is free of charge.
Women's Tennis Match Results Feb. 19, 2010, at Las Vegas (Fertitta Tennis Complex)