|NMSU bounces Vandals|
BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho women's tennis team got the start it wanted against New Mexico State in the opening round of the Western Athletic Conference tennis tournament, as it took the doubles point to go ahead 1-0 heading into singles play. But the Aggies were able to bounce back and win four out of five singles matches to end Idaho's season with a 4-2 win.
Victoria Lozano and Lauren Simpson stole a 9-7 win at No. 1 doubles for the Vandals, while Barbara Maciocha and Natalie Kirch won 8-4 at the No. 3 spot to clinch the point.
"I was proud of how we competed," Idaho coach Tyler Neill said. "In doubles we were very resilient. We were down early, but we kept fighting and found a way to get the doubles point. We knew New Mexico State would be very tough. They have been playing well lately and they are definitely playing better than when we beat them earlier in the year."
The Vandals finish the season with a 17-8 overall record on the season, and went 4-2 in WAC play.
Lozano and Simpson each fell at the top two singles spots, as Lozano lost 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1 singles, and Simpson fell 6-0, 6-3 at No. 2. Silvia Irimescu won the first set of her No. 3 singles match 6-2, but fell 6-2, 6-2 in the second and third sets to drop the point. Maciocha got a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles, but Yvette Ly lost 7-6, 6-3 at No. 6 singles, and NMSU clinched the match. Molly Knox won the first set of her match at No. 5 singles for Idaho, and was leading 3-2 in the second set when New Mexico State clinched the match.
"I thought our upperclassmen all played very tough," Neill said. "Basia (Maciocha) had a great win and Molly was playing great when the match ended. It would have been nice to have our seniors make it to the next round, but they should be proud of how they played and the effort they gave."
Idaho's 17 regular season wins, and its .708 winning percentage were both tops in the WAC this season.
New Mexico State University vs. University of Idaho
New Mexico State University 4, University of Idaho 2