|WTEN wins WAC finale|
LOGAN, Utah – The Idaho women’s tennis team ended its regular season with a 5-2 win at Utah State on Saturday.
"It was a great team win,” Idaho coach Myriam Sopel said. “Everybody contributed to this win, whether they were competing on court or cheering on the sideline.”
The Vandals swept through doubles with an 8-6 wins from Victoria Lozano and Almudena Sanz at No. 1, and Alejandra Lozano and Sophie Vickers at No. 2. Beaty Flores and Rita Bermudez won 8-4 at No. 3 and Idaho led 1-0 heading into singles play.
“We won all doubles in a very convincing fashion, which was key for the confidence going into singles,” Sopel said. “We played smart tennis and applied very well what we've been working on all week long to get ready to play in altitude.”
Victoria Lozano fell 7-5, 7-6(4) at No. 1 singles and Constance Alexander lost 5-7, 7-6(1), 6-4 at No. 3, but Sanz, Belen Barcenilla, Flores and Vickers all win to give Idaho the 5-2 win. Sanz rebounded from a first-set loss to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2. Barcenilla won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4, Flores won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 5 and Vickers won 6-3, 6-0 at No. 6.
The Vandals improve to 12-11 on the season with the win, and wrap up WAC play with a 5-4 record. The WAC tournament is April 25-28 in Denver.
“We finished the regular season very strong,” Sopel said. “We have been getting better and better throughout the season. We got used to playing at elevation, which is a great advantage going in to the conference tournament in Denver next week. We are sending a strong message to the other teams in the WAC. We are fully ready for the WAC tournament and will fight from the very first to the very last point."
Idaho 5, Utah State 2