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April 4, 2008

LAS VEGAS - The 58th-ranked UNLV women's tennis team lost 4-3 to a top-40 team for the fourth time this spring, this one coming at the hands of No. 24 TCU on a warm Friday at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

The Lady Rebels, whose eight defeats have all come to teams ranked ahead of them at the time, dropped to 9-8 overall and 1-2 in the Mountain West Conference while the Horned Frogs improved to 14-4 and 4-0.

The morning opened with doubles play and after No. 48 Elena Gantcheva and Kristina Nedeltcheva won 8-4 at the top spot and TCU won on court two, the Frogs took the clincher 8-6 at No. 3.

In singles play, TCU took two quick matches to grab a 3-0 lead before UNLV made its charge. At the top position, 35th-ranked Gantcheva finished off 63rd-ranked Nina Munch-Soegaard 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to get her team on the board. Sharon Marin then won at the sixth spot 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 over Idunn Hertzberg to make it 3-2.

Freshman Anna Maskaljun was leading 4-3 in the third set on court four but Katarina Tuohimaa won the final three games to earn the clincher for the Frogs 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. Katy Williams outlasted Kewa Nichols at No. 5, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6, for the final point.

"Today was another hard-fought match vs. a top-25 ranked opponent," UNLV head coach Kevin Cory said. "We need to get over the hump and get that fourth point."

The Lady Rebels will host No. 55 New Mexico on Saturday beginning with doubles play at 10 a.m. Admission is free of charge.

#24 TCU 4, #58 UNLV 3
At Fertitta Tennis Complex, Las Vegas

DOUBLES: (TCU EARNS ONE TEAM POINT) 1. #48 Gantcheva/Nedeltcheva (UNLV) def. Harkins/Sydorska (TCU) 8-4 2. Tuohimaa/Hertzberg (TCU) def. Marin/Dimitrova (UNLV) 8-2 3. Munch-Soegaard/Maria Babanova (TCU) def. Williams/Maskaljun (UNLV) 8-6 ORDER OF FINISH: 2,1,3*

SINGLES: (TCU EARNS THREE TEAM POINTS) 1. #35 Elena Gantcheva (UNLV) def. #63 Nina Munch-Soegaard (TCU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 2. Macall Harkins (TCU) def. Kristina Nedeltcheva (UNLV) 6-3, 6-3 3. Anna Sydorska (TCU) def. Nikol Dimitrova (UNLV) 6-1, 6-4 4. Katarina Tuohimaa (TCU) def. Anna Maskaljun (UNLV) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 5. Katy Williams (UNLV) def. Kewa Nichols (TCU) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 6. Sharon Marin (UNLV) def. Idunn Hertzberg (TCU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 ORDER OF FINISH: 3,2,1,6,4*,5 *Clinching Match



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