Utah State women's tennis begins its 2016 dual match season by hosting Gonzaga on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m., at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club. The Aggies are opening their season at home for the second-consecutive season, after defeating Weber State in last year's opener, 6-1. Approximately a half hour before the match, USU will honor its all-time winningest player, McKenzie Davis, with the ITA Mountain Region Player of the Year award.
"This year in particular, our home schedule is absolutely fantastic," USU head coach Sean McInerney said. "Being able to open with a program as good as Gonzaga gets us excited early on. Then, the first month, I think our first four matches at home is something I don't think we've ever done. We're excited to be at home in front of our fans in familiar territory."
The Aggies competed in six open tournaments this fall, led by freshman Jenna Kane who had a 10-7 record. Juniors Nini Guensler and Ekaterina Tugarinova, sophomores Sabrina Demerath and Maggie O’Meara, and freshman Monika Van de Vondel all posted six wins during the fall. Guesnler, Van de Vondel and junior Lexi Turley all picked up singles titles at the Utah State-hosted Aggie Invite. Overall, USU returns five letterwinners from last year’s team that recorded a school-record 14 wins, including all-Mountain West honoree Maggie O’Meara.
Gonzaga had a strong fall season, posting a 60-30 mark in singles, its best fall record in school history according to available records. Freshman Sophie Whittle led the way for the Bulldogs with a 13-3 mark, while freshman Nevada Apollo racked up 10 wins. For her efforts, Whittle was ranked as the No. 17 singles player in the ITA Northwest Region preseason rankings.
Doug Hoffman is the associate athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.