|Vandals rout Aggies|
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The third-seeded Idaho women's tennis team got the Western Athletic Conference tournament underway in dominating fashion Thursday morning with a 4-0 win over sixth-seeded Utah State.
Molly Knox and Sophie Vickers won 8-3 at No. 2 doubles, and Alejandra Lozano and Beatriz Flores won 8-3 at No. 3 doubles to win the doubles point. Victoria Lozano and Almudena Sanz were leading 6-4 at the top doubles spot, but their match was unfinished after the Vandals clinched the point.
Idaho continued to overpower the Aggies in singles play. Knox led things off with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles. Alejandra Lozano won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5 singles, and Victoria Lozano clinched the match with a 7-5, 6-3 win at No. 1. The Vandals won the first set in all three unfinished singles matches, as Sanz led 6-3, 3-2 at No. 2, Vickers led 6-3, 4-3 at No. 4, and Flores won her first set 7-6.
"They came out and started fast just like I asked them," Idaho coach Dan Pollock said. "When you're playing a team that you're supposed to beat but honestly is pretty close to your level, it's very important that you get a fast start. Utah State is a really tough team so I'm glad we got out to that fast start and secured the doubles point. In singles we just carried on. We didn't take any time to settle into our matches, we just dug in right from the start. I'm really happy with the way the girls played today."
The win is Idaho's first in the WAC tournament since 2007. The Vandals advance to Friday's semifinals where they will face either Nevada or Hawai'i. Idaho's semifinal match will begin at 11 a.m. In the other morning quarterfinal, top-seeded Fresno State topped Louisiana Tech 4-0.