LOGAN – Utah State women's tennis (11-10, 2-3 MW) will enter the Mountain West Women's Tennis Championships as the No. 7 seed and will face the 10th-seeded Boise State Broncos (7-11, 0-5 MW) in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday, April 24 at 11 a.m. MT.
The winner of the match will face No. 2-seeded Air Force (21-2, 4-1 MW) on Thursday, April 25 at 3 p.m. MT. Other first-round action includes No. 8 San José State facing No. 9 Fresno State at 11 a.m., while No. 6 Colorado State and No. 11 Nevada will close out Day 1 at 2 p.m. Semifinal matches are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, April 26, with the championship match slated for Saturday, April 27 at noon.
This will be the first meeting between the Aggies and the Broncos in the Mountain West Championship and the fourth overall meeting in a conference tournament as they previously were both in the Western Athletic Conference. Boise State won the previous three matches.
Utah State ended the regular season winning seven of its last 10 matches as it captured a 6-1 home victory against Boise State in the regular season finale. Junior Lucy Octave and freshman Annaliese County recorded a 6-1 win at the No. 3 doubles spot, while sophomore Alexandra Pisareva and freshman Sidnee Lavatai clinched the doubles point with a 7-6 (5) victory. Utah State then won five of the six singles matches, all in straight sets.
USU finished the regular season with a 11-10 mark overall, including a 2-3 ledger in Mountain West play. Lavatai recorded the most wins during the regular season with 12 victories during dual match play, followed by Pisareva with 11, and County and freshman Gabrielle Dekkers with nine apiece. Pisareva's total included a 3-1 mark in Mountain West contests, playing exclusively at the No. 1 spot, as she went 10-3 overall in that spot and clinched a team-high four matches.Comment on this story
Lavatai recorded the most victories for the Aggies on the doubles courts, posting 11 wins during the dual match season, as she went 5-1 at the No. 2 spot. The duo of Lavatai and Pisareva is currently riding a three-match winning streak and has won a team-high-tying two matches during conference play, as the pair of County and Octave have also recorded two wins in Mountain West action.
Every match of the 2019 Mountain West Women's Tennis Championship will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network. More information can be found on the Mountain West's website, www.themw.com.