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Lady Rebels Fight Off Air Force

April 21, 2013


FORT COLLINS, Colo. ( - Senior Ella Bourchier rallied to win her singles match on court five to give the 61st-ranked UNLV women's tennis team a 4-3 neutral-site victory over Air Force to close out the regular season on Sunday at the CSU Tennis Center.

The Lady Rebels improved to 16-7 overall and closed their Mountain West schedule at 6-2.

Finally getting to play outdoors after the weather cleared did not help UNLV in doubles play as the Falcons took all three matches to earn a 1-0 lead.

In singles play, UNLV got three quick points to take control. Aleksandra Josifoska, ranked 37th in the nation, whitewashed Christina Molina at the No. 1 position, 6-0, 6-0; while Lucia Batta, ranked 82nd, flew by Tiffany Tran, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 2. Both Josifoska (30-7 overall) and Batta (32-5) finished undefeated against MW opponents for the second consecutive season and marked only the third time in school history that UNLV saw two players reach the 30-win mark in the same season.

The third Rebel point came on court six where freshman Iren Kotseva breezed past Anastasia Hueffner 6-2, 6-0. AFA would eventually take two three-set matches but Bourchier clinched it by downing Mary Myers 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.

After returning home, UNLV will head right back to the Centennial State for the Mountain West Championships, which start Thursday in Colorado Springs.

April 21, 2013, at Fort Collins, CO
(CSU Tennis Complex)

Singles competition 1. #37 Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV) def. Christine Molina (AFA) 6-0, 6-0 2. #82 Lucia Batta (UNLV) def. Tiffany Tran (AFA) 6-3, 6-2 3. Hannah Dake (AFA) def. Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 4. Natasha Rizvi (AFA) def. Janine Erasmus (UNLV) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 5. Ella Bourchier (UNLV) def. Mary Myers (AFA) 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 6. Iren Kotseva (UNLV) def. Anastasia Hueffner (AFA) 6-2, 6-0 Doubles competition 1. Hannah Dake/Melissa Cecil (AFA) def. Lucia Batta/Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) 9-7 2. Christine Molina/Natasha Rizvi (AFA) def. Janine Erasmus/Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV) 8-6 3. Marcelli Magday/Tiffany Tran (AFA) def. Iren Kotseva/Ella Bourchier (UNLV) 9-8



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