|Idaho Clinches Fifth Seed At WAC Tourney|
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The University of Idaho Women's Tennis team defeated San Jose State 6-1 on Thursday to clinch the fifth seed in the WAC tournament.
It was Idaho's second trip to San Jose this season after the first match between the two teams was canceled. The win moved the Vandals' conference record to 4-4 on the season, tied with New Mexico State. Idaho earns the higher seed due to its victory over the Aggies.
"We needed to win today to get the 5th seed in conference and we accomplished that goal," Women's Tennis Head Coach Tyler Neill said.
The Vandals swept the doubles portion of the match and went on to win five of the six singles matches in straight sets.
"I thought we played pretty well in doubles," Neill said. "We were a little sluggish at the start of the singles, but I thought we bounced back nicely in most of our matches."
Daniela Cohen earned a hard fought victory over Sandra Flores at the No. 5 spot 7-6, 6-3.
"I was impressed with Daniela," Neill said. "She was down in the first set, but kept fighting and found a way to win. She seemed to get stronger as the match went on, which is nice to see."
Idaho finishes the regular season with a 20-5 record and prepares for a first round meeting against Hawaii at the WAC tournament. The Vandals lost to Hawaii 4-2 earlier this season in a rain-shortened match.
University of Idaho vs. San Jose State University
April 22, 2010 - San Jose, CA
1. Niculescu/Perevoshchikova (UI) def. Florea/Kummer (SJSU) - 8-3
2. Cohen/Ly (UI) def. Guzman/Truong (SJSU) - 8-4
3. Irimescu/Ulesanu (UI) def. Marshall/Williams (SJSU) - 8-4
1. Gabriela Niculescu (UI) def. Olivia Marshall (SJSU) - 6-1,6-3
2. Maria Perevoshchikova (UI) def. Kerri Kummer (SJSU) - 6-3,6-4
3. Chau Truong (SJSU) def. Silvia Irimescu (UI) - 6-2,6-3
4. Alexandra Ulesanu (UI) def. Anna Guzman (SJSU) - 6-1,6-1
5. Daniela Cohen (UI) def. Sandra Florea (SJSU) - 7-6,7-3
6. Yvette Ly (UI) def. Jennifer Williams (SJSU) - 6-4,6-2
Final: University of Idaho 6 - San Jose State University 1