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Women's Tennis Springs Upset

March 23, 2013


LAS VEGAS ( - The UNLV women's tennis team earned its first win over a top-50 opponent this season with a 5-2 upset of No. 50 SMU on Saturday at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

The Lady Rebels improved to 10-5 on the year while the Mustangs fell to 10-6.

UNLV started the morning by winning the doubles point for the first time in three matches. SMU took the match at No. 3 but Lucia Batta and Nives Pavlovic downed Aleks Malyarchikova and Vaszilisza Bulgakova at the top spot, 8-6, and Aleksandra Josifoska and Janine Erasmus teamed up to beat Holly Verner and Hristina Dishkova at the second position, 8-5.

In singles play, the hosts dropped the first set on four of six courts but rallied nicely. Josifoska, ranked 24th in the nation, finished off No. 111 Malyarchikova, 7-5, 6-0, at the top spot to improve her overall record to 23-7. Batta, ranked 103rd, came back against Edyta Cieplucha, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, at No. 2 to improve her season record to 24-5 overall and a sparkling 14-0 in dual matches. Pavlovic also rallied, getting by Bulgakova 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3, while Iren Kotseva doubled up her opponent, Yana Erkeeva, 6-3, 6-3, at the bottom of the lineup.

Next up, UNLV will take a break before opening Mountain West play with a trio of matches in San Diego, starting with a meeting with rival San Diego State on April 5.

UNLV 5, #50 SMU 2
March 23, 2013 at Las Vegas, NV
(Fertitta Tennis Complex)

Singles competition 1. #24 Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV) def. #111 Aleks Malyarchikova (SMU) 7-5, 6-0 2. #103 Lucia Batta (UNLV) def. Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 3. Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) def. Vaszilisza Bulgakova (SMU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 4. Elena Fayner (SMU) def. Anett Ferenczi-Bako (UNLV) 7-5, 6-2 5. Hristina Dishkova (SMU) def. Janine Erasmus (UNLV) 6-4, 6-3 6. Iren Kotseva (UNLV) def. Yana Erkeeva (SMU) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition 1. Lucia Batta/Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) def. Aleks Malyarchikova/Vaszilisza Bulgakova (SMU) 8-6 2. Aleksandra Josifoska/Janine Erasmus (UNLV) def. Holly Verner/Hristina Dishkova (SMU) 8-5 3. Yana Erkeeva/Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) def. Iren Kotseva/Alexis Garrett (UNLV) 8-5



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