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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Regular-season champion and top-seeded UNLV advanced to the championship match of the 2009 Mountain West Conference Women’s Tennis Tournament with a 4-1 win over No. 5 seed New Mexico. The Rebels will face No. 2 seed TCU in a rematch of the 2008 tournament final, on Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m. MT at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

 

UNLV gained the first point by winning the doubles point with victories at No. 1 and No. 2.  Kristina Nedeltcheva and Katy Williams beat Ola Abou-Zekry and Emma Hayman, 8-2 at No. 1, while Alisa Razina and Anna Kaljun beat Ashley Bonner and Anya Villanueva-Forte, 8-0 at No. 2 for the 1-0 lead.

 

Rumyana Terzierva earned the second point for the Rebels at No. 6 singles by defeating Maria Sotirchos, 6-1, 6-0.

 

New Mexico’s Mackenzie White cut the Rebel lead to 2-1 with a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles over Nikol Dimitrova.

 

Adrienn Hidvegi and Nedeltcheva secured the UNLV win with wins at No. 4 and No. 1 singles.

 

 

Tennis Match Results - #5 New Mexico vs #1 UNLV

April 24, 2009 at Albuquerque, N.M. - Jerry Cline Tennis Center

#1 UNLV 4, #5 New Mexico 1

 

Singles competition

1. #112 NEDELTCHEVA, K. (UNLV) def. ABOU-ZEKRY, Ola (NM) 7-6 (7-3), 6-0

2. WHITE, Mackenzie (NM) def. DIMITROVA, Nikol (UNLV) 6-1, 6-2

3. WILLIAMS, Katy (UNLV) vs. HAYMAN, Emma (NM) 7-5, 5-2, unfinished

4. HIDVEGI, Adrienn (UNLV) def. BONNER, Ashley (NM) 6-3, 6-4

5. MASKALJUN, Anna (UNLV) vs. VILLANUEVA-FORTE, A (NM) 7-5, 5-3, unfinished

6. TERZIERVA, Rumyana (UNLV) def. SOTIRCHOS, Maria (NM) 6-1, 6-0

 

Doubles competition

1. NEDELTCHEVA, K./WILLIAMS, Katy (UNLV) def. ABOU-ZEKRY, Ola/HAYMAN, Emma (NM) 8-2

2. RAZINA, Alisa/MASKALJUN, Anna (UNLV) def. BONNER, Ashley/VILLANUEVA-FORTE, A (NM) 8-0

3. DIMITROVA, Nikol/TERZIERVA, Rumyana (UNLV) vs. SOTIRCHOS, Maria/TESSMAR, Victoria (NM) 6-6, unfinished

 

Match Notes:

#5 New Mexico 10-14, 4-4 MWC

#1 UNLV 20-6, 8-0 MWC; National ranking #42

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,2,4,1)

2009 MWC Tournament Semifinals

UNLV Advances to Championship Finals vs. #2 TCU

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