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Women's Tennis Completes Memorable Comeback Over Montana State
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 02/13/2009
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BOZEMAN, Mont. - The University of Idaho women’s tennis team mounted an improbable comeback to defeat Montana State 4-3 on Friday.

 

The Vandals fell behind 3-0 to Montana but rattled off four straight singles victory to improve their record to 4-4.

 

“It’s rare for a team to come back after being down 3-0, but our team never stopped fighting,” women’s tennis head coach Tyler Neill said. “Montana State is a very tough team and I am happy we were able to go on the road and pick up a hard fought win.”

 

Maria Perevoshchikova victory over Stephanie Jasper in No. 1 singles started Idaho’s comeback. Barbara Maciocha and Alexandra Ulesanu collected wins in No. 4 and No. 5 singles respectively to tie the match.

 

Sophomore Yvette Ly recorded a straight set victory over Andrea de la Torre, in the last match, to seal a memorable victory for Idaho.

 

“Maria had a very nice win at #1, defeating one of the better players we have seen all season,” Neill said. “Basia, Alex, and Yvette all showed great poise and kept fighting even though we were down in the overall match.”

 

Idaho was swept in doubles for the second consecutive match and the third time this season. This was the first time women’s tennis was able to win after failing to win a doubles match.

 

“We came out pretty flat in doubles and didn’t compete with much energy,” Neill said. “It looked like the lack of energy carried into the singles where we lost two quick matches, but then our team really dug in and won the next four.”  

 

The Vandals conclude their trip to Bozeman on Saturday with a match against Wyoming.

 

University of Idaho vs. Montana State University

 

February 13, 2009 Bozeman, MT

 

Doubles

 

1.            Jasper/Griffin (MSU) def. Cohen/Perevoshchikova (UI) 8-5

2.            Hilmer/Villegas (MSU) def. Irimescu/Maciocha (UI) 8-4

3.            Coll/de la Torre (MSU) def. Ly/Ulesanu (UI) 8-3

 

Singles

 

1.            Maria Perevoshchikova (UI) def. Stephanie Jasper (MSU) 6-3,6-4

2.            Ali Griffin (MSU) def. Daniela Cohen (UI) 6-0,6-4

3.            Laura Villegas (MSU) def. Silvia Irimescu (UI) 6-0,6-1

4.            Basia Maciocha (UI) def. McKenzie Hilmer (MSU) 6-4,7-5

5.            Alexandra Ulesanu (UI) def. Lisa Clark (MSU) 6-2,6-3

6.            Yvette Ly (UI) def. Andrea de la Torre (MSU) 6-1,6-2

 

Final:     University of Idaho 4 Montana State University 3

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