UNLV women’s tennis dominated the University of Nevada, Reno, 5-2, at the Fertita Tennis Complex on April 14.
The defending Mountain West Conference champions rose 15-7 overall with a conference record of 4-1, while the Wolfpack fell to 7-8 and 1-1 in conference play.
UNR entered doubles with a vengeance, besting two of the three doubles matches which established a 1-0 lead over UNLV. Although first and second doubles fell to the Wolfpack, Paola Artiga and Anna Bogoslavets, UNLV’s third doubles team for the match, crushed Milena Achlamov and Carlijn Ketting 6-1.
Artiga and Bogoslavets ended their match swiftly, finishing before the other doubles teams competing that day.
UNLV burst into the singles matches with a different mindset than doubles play. Equipped with drive, spirit and most importantly, technique, women’s tennis cleaned the complex with UNR, winning on all courts except one.
Aiwen Zhu and Anna Bogoslavets, the Rebel’s second and third singles players, conquered their opponents with incredible set scores of 6-1, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-0 respectively. En-Pei Huang, UNLV’s fourth singles player, battled with her opponent in the first set but eventually overcame with a score of 7-6.
On her final set, Huang gained ground on her opponent, playing her weaknesses and winning crucial points allowing for a 6-3 win.
Regarding the win against UNR, UNLV may not claim the three points in the Governor’s Series because Reno leads 18-9. In order to get their three points, UNLV must play and beat UNR again, which will then increase UNLV’s overall score.
The Rebels are practicing hard, preparing for their future matches in order to defend their Mountain West Conference Championship Title. With a promising conference record of 4-1, it is hard not to be optimistic about their future.