|WTEN grows at Jack Taylor|
BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho women's tennis team traveled to Boise, Idaho over the weekend for the Jack Taylor Classic, and coach Dan Pollock liked a lot of what he saw.
Junior Bety Flores won a pair of consolation matches after dropping her opening round singles match, including a win over Utah State's Jaci West before withdrawing.
"It was great to see Bety play some quality tennis against high level opponents," Pollock said. "Taking down Utah State's top player from a year ago who was All-WAC last year shows how hard she has been working. It was unfortunate she had to withdraw as I felt she was really starting to roll."
Alejandra Lozano also won two consolation matches after dropping her opening match. She beat players from Eastern Washington and Weber State in straight sets before falling. Vandal newcomers Constance Alexander and Rita Bermudez each went 0-2 in the tournament, but both played tight matches.
"Ale also looked like she was starting to find her feet and picked up 2 solid wins," Pollock said. "Our newcomers showed flashes of great play, they just need more match practice to be able to hold their level at important points and get rid of the nerves you feel when you join a new team."
Flores and Bermudez teamed up to go 2-2 in doubles play, beating teams from Seattle U and Weber State in tight matches, while Alexander and Lozano went 1-2, winning their opening match of the tournament against a pairing from Idaho State.
"Overall I think we got what I wanted us to get out of this tournament. We got a lot of long, tough competitive matches against strong opponents and we learned what we have to do with this group of players to be ready for the spring season. We'll start working on that immediately."
The Vandals return to action Oct. 10-14 at the ITA Mountain Regional in Las Vegas, Nev.
Bety Flores (2-2)
Constance Alexander (0-2)
Alejandra Lozano (2-2)
C. Alexander/A. Lozano (1-2)