Cougars Miss Chance At Title Match

PROVO -- Regular season champion SDSU and second seeded UNLV will battle for the title in this year's MWC Women's Tennis Championships. Both teams won in semifinal women's tennis action, Friday.

San Diego State, who's ranked 28th nationally defeated hosts BYU 4-1 in the afternoon match, while UNLV, ranked 19th nationally, beat New Mexico in the morning semifinal match.

The Aztecs took control of the match by winning the doubles point and then picking up wins at the number one, three and five singles positions. BYU, who is the defending MWC champion, was able to pick up one point in singles with Liza Khoudoiarova's win at number six singles. She defeated the Aztecs' Julie Ana Chidley 6-2, 6-2.

In the other afternoon dual match, it was Utah finishing victorious with a 4-0 win over Wyoming. The Utes led early with the doubles point and then added three more with wins in singles play. Linn Ronnberg, Ellen Svensson and Allison Hansen won their singles matches in straight sets for Utah. The other matches in progress were not finished.

Utah will battle Air Force for fifth place in the 10 a.m. match on Saturday with San Diego State and UNLV playing at 2 p.m. The winner of the conference tournament gets an automatic bid in the NCAA Championships that will be played at Stanford, beginning May 16.

-AGATE- SDSU-4; BYU-1

Singles:

1. Silvia Tornier (SDSU) def Lu Oswald (BYU) 6-3, 6-0

2. Lindsey Hedberg (SDSU) Dominique Reynolds (BYU) DNF

3. Katia Karrento (SDSU) def Rebecca Pike (BYU) 6-4, 6-4

4. Katalina Romero (SDSU) Brooke Beverley (BYU) DNF

5. Katey Becker (SDSU) def Lindsay Ferrell (BYU) 6-0, 7-6

6. Liza Khoudoirova (BYU) def Julie Ana Chidley (SDSU) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles:

1. Karrento/Romero (SDSU) def Beverley/Reynolds (BYU) 8-4

2. Erichsen/Tornier (SDSU) Oswald/Ferrell (BYU) DNF

3. Hedberg/Chidley (SDSU) def Khoudoirova/Pike (BYU 8-3

-AGATE- Utah-4; WY-0

Singles:

1. Sheri Esrock (UU) Jenny Bowman (WY) DNF

2. Linn Ronnberg (UU) def Yuliani Santi (WY) 6-1, 6-2

3. Ellen Svensson (UU) def Jennifer Hancock (WY) 6-2, 6-3

4. Cassie Kastler (UU) Paulina Del Monte (WY) DNF

5. Irini Kotoglou (UU) Kati Gyulai (WY) DNF

6. Allison Hansen (UU) def Ivana Milosevic (WY) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles:

1. Bowman/Hancock (WY) def Kotoglou/Hansen (UU) 8-3

2. Svensson/Kastler (UU) def Santi/Del Monte (WY) 8-4

3. Ronnberg/Esrock (UU) def Terhaar/Gyulai (WY) 8-2

Top Seeded Rebels Advance

No. 19 UNLV got the quick 2-0 lead after winning the doubles point and the number one singles match with Pauline Janus's easy 6-0, 6-0 victory over the Lobos' Tjasa Suvak. The Rebels were up 3-0 after Marianne Bakken picked up the straight set win over Courtney Choate at the six singles spot.

New Mexico picked up its lone point in the dual match from Tiffany Robertson who beat Tracie Chong in straight sets at the number four singles position.

-AGATE- UNLV-4; UNM-1

Singles:

7. Pauline Janus (UNLV) def Tjasa Suvak (UNM) 6-0, 6-0

8. Gyorgui Zsiros (UNLV) Sandy Lukowski (UNM) DNF

9. Agnieszka Abrams (UNLV) Michelle Heidbrunk (UNM) DNF

10. Tiffany Robertson (UNM) def Tracie Chong (UNLV) 6-3, 6-2

11. Leentjie Oosthuizen (UNLV) def Rachel Hatley (UNM) 6-2, 6-4

12. Marianne Bakken (UNLV) def Courney Choate UNM) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles:

4. Janus/Abram (UNLV) def Lukowski/Robertson (UNM) 8-2

5. Bakken/Zsiros (UNLV) def Suvak/Hatley (UNM) 8-2

6. Chong/Oosthuizen (UNLV) Ruiz-Fabrega/Contessa (UNM) DNF

Discipline Lifts Falcons

In the second morning match between Colorado State and the Air Force Academy, the victory came down to the number one singles match. Air Force took the early lead winning the doubles point and was up 2-0 after the Falcons Laura Nigro beat the Rams' Amanda Bartz 6-2, 6-2 in the number two singles match. CSU then came back to tie it up 2-2 with straight set wins at the number three and four singles position. The Rams' Sasha Zhurn gave her team a 3-2 advantage after playing three sets to finally beat Air Force's Gina Black 7-5, 3-6, 6-4. The match was tied up again at 3-3 with the number six singles victory going to Air Force. After more then four hours of playing time, the victory went to the Air Force Academy with a three-set 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-2 win over CSU's Sanja Hansson.

-AGATE-AF-4; CSU-3

Singles:

1. Brooke Parsons (AF) def Sanja Hansson (CSU) 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-2

2. Laura Nigro (AF) def Amanda Bartz (CSU) 6-2, 6-3

3. Catherine Sullivan (CSU) def Heather Shelby (AF) 6-2, 6-3

7. Bobbe Vasos (CSU) def Kelli O'Bryant (AF) 6-0, 7-6

8. Dasha Zhurn (CSU) def Gina Black (AF) 7-5, 3-6, 6-4

9. Ashley Gee (AF) def Alexandra Paganetti (CSU) 7-5, 6-1

Doubles:

7. Parsons/Nigro (AF) def Hansson/Sullivan (CSU) 8-6

8. Shelby/Black (AF) def Bartz/Vasos (CSU) 8-4

9. Gee/O'Bryant (CSU) def Paganetti/Zhum (AF) 8-6