ST. GEORGE, Utah - Southern Utah University women's tennis punctuated its 2013 regular season with a 5-2 victory over Weber State on Thursday afternoon. The win gives the T-Birds an overall record of 11-7 and 6-4 mark in Big Sky Conference play.
Senior Olya Kunz was honored prior to the match as part of Senior Day and the captain capped her final home appearance with wins at No. 1 doubles and No. 1 singles. Kunz partnered with Alex Ivanova for an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles to help the Thunderbirds sweep the opening matches and take the doubles point.
She was then the first one off the court in singles with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Weber State's Ashley Tanner at the No. 1 spot. Ivanova's victory at No. 2 singles cliched the victory for the T-Birds with a 6-2, 6-2 win over WSU's Kristi Elmer.
The doubles tandem of Veronika Rogova and Anastasiia Vasileva took an 8-2 win in their match at No. 2 and then both went on to post victories in singles. Rogova rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 3 singles over Weber State's Nittaya Phonharath and Vasileva pulled out the final singles victory for SUU on the day with a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 5 singles.
Afton Staheli and Madeline Skaras teamed at No. 3 doubles for Southern Utah's first win of the match, an 8-2 victory. However, both fell in their singles matches at No. 6 and No. 4, respectively.
Southern Utah will now look towards the Big Sky Conference tournament where the team has qualified as the fifth seed. The competition will be played in Sacramento, California, April 26 and 27 with the T-Birds tentatively scheduled to face Northern Colorado in the opening round.
Tennis Match Results
Weber State vs Southern Utah University
Apr 18, 2013 at St. George, Utah
(Green Valley Resort & Spa)
Southern Utah University 5, Weber State 2
1. KUNZ, Olya (SUU) def. TANNER, Ashley (WSU) 6-1, 6-1
2. IVANOVA, Aleksandra (SUU) def. ELMER, Kristi (WSU) 6-2, 6-2
3. ROGOVA, Veronika (SUU) def. PHONHARATH, Nittaya (WSU) 6-1, 6-0
4. KURER, Thais (WSU) def. SKARAS, Madeline (SUU) 6-3, 6-3
5. VASILEVA, Anastasiia (SUU) def. WARWICK, Michelle (WSU) 6-2, 6-4
6. KARLSEN, Annika (WSU) def. STAHELI, Afton (SUU) 7-5, 6-4
1. KUNZ, Olya/IVANOVA, Aleksandra (SUU) def. KURER, Thais/ELMER, Kristi (WSU) 8-3
2. ROGOVA, Veronika/VASILEVA, Anastasiia (SUU) def. TANNER, Ashley/WARWICK, Michelle (WSU) 8-2
3. STAHELI, Afton/SKARAS, Madeline (SUU) def. PHONHARATH, Nittaya/LLOYD, Carly (WSU) 8-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,3,4,2,5,6)