|Vandals secure four day-one wins|
LAS VEGAS – The Idaho women’s tennis team got the ITA Regional Championship underway with two first-round wins in both singles and doubles.
Almudena Sanz won a three-setter, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, over Denver’s Sonja Radosevic and Victoria Lozano won 6-0, 6-1 over Colorado State’s Natalie Heffron in singles action. Idaho freshman Galina Bykova fell 6-4, 7-5 and Bety Flores lost 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.
Both of Idaho’s doubles pairings advanced out of the first round as Lozano and Sanz teamed up for an 8-4 win and Bykova and Flores won by the same score.
"It was a good first day of matches," Idaho coach Myriam Sopel said. "The girls played very well in doubles and put up a great fight in singles. We fell short in a couple singles matches, but I am very happy with the effort and the energy from all the girls."
The tournament began Wednesday with a 111-player singles draw, down to 64 after the opening round, and a 52-team doubles draw, dwindled to 32 by Thursday morning.
"This tournament is a great test for us to compare ourselves to all the good teams in the region," Sopel said. "It's great to be able to play in Vegas because we are a better team outside. Every match will be tough, but we have demonstrated a great mental toughness and we know we have the level to beat any team on a given day. I look forward to our upcoming matches."