Women's Tennis Hands BYU Its First Loss
Feb. 22, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The 67th-ranked UNLV women's tennis team fell behind 2-0 but then won every remaining match Friday to down previously undefeated BYU 5-2 at a cool but sunny Fertitta Tennis Complex.
The Lady Rebels improved to 5-3 while the Cougars fell to 4-1 in the programs' first meeting since BYU left the Mountain West after the 2011 season.
The visitors took a 1-0 lead by winning two of three doubles matches. UNLV's lone win came at the top of the lineup where Lucia Batta and Nives Pavlovic downed Meghan Sheehan-Dizon and Nicolette Tran 8-3. For Pavlovic, it marked the senior's 71st career doubles win and moved her into a tie for seventh place all-time at UNLV with Claire Smith (2004-07).
In singles play, BYU quickly grabbed its second point with a win on court four. The Lady Rebels, however, then won four consecutive straight-set matches to clinch the comeback. Aleksandra Josifoska, ranked 19th in the nation, downed Desiree Tran, 6-2, 6-1, at the top spot while Batta improved to 7-0 in dual matches with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Morgan Anderson at No. 2; Pavlovic got by Sheehan-Dizon, 7-5, 6-1, at No. 3; and Janine Erasmus prevailed 7-5, 6-0 over Mackenna Maddox at No. 5. The final match was the only one extended to three sets and UNLV's Iren Kotseva held off Aubrey Paul, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 on court six.
Next up, UNLV hosts Iowa State on Sunday beginning with doubles at 10 a.m. Admission to all matches is free of charge.
UNLV WOMEN'S TENNIS RESULTS Feb. 22, 2013 at Las Vegas, NV (Fertitta Tennis Complex)
Doubles competition 1. Lucia Batta/Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) def. Meghan Sheehan-Dizon/Nicolette Tran (BYU) 8-3 2. Morgan Anderson/Mackenna Maddox (BYU) def. Janine Erasmus/Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV) 8-6 3. Aubrey Paul/Desiree Tran (BYU) def. Iren Kotseva/Anett Ferenczi-Bako (UNLV) 8-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,2,1,3,5,6)