Olya Kunz
SUU Strategic Communications

Big Sky Newbies Set to Meet this Weekend

April 01, 2013
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah. - Southern Utah University women’s tennis will travel to Grand Forks, N.D., this weekend to face fellow first-year Big Sky Conference opponent North Dakota.

The Thunderbirds will enter the contest on a three-match winning streak, including a pair of conference victories over Eastern Washington and Idaho State last week. SUU is currently 8-5 on the year and 3-2 in conference play.

The streak has also included strong individual performances, including winning streaks at singles from Alex Ivanova (eight), Veronika Rogova (five), Anastasiia Vasileva (three) and Madeline Skaras (two). Rogova and Vasileva also have a five-match winning streak at No. 2 doubles and Skaras has joined Afton Staheli for back-to-back wins at No. 3 doubles.

The match at UND will coincide with Senior Day as North Dakota will honor its two seniors on the roster: Mindy Lawrence and Megan Sween. The contest is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (MT).

Scouting North Dakota

The University of North Dakota will enter the match on Saturday with an overall record of 3-13, including a 0-5 mark in Big Sky Conference play. UND is currently riding a five-match losing streak.

Common Opponents

Eastern Washington         SUU (W, 5-2)     UND (L, 1-6)   
Portland State SUU (W, 5-2) UND (L, 2-5)
Northern Colorado SUU (L, 3-4) UND (L, 0-7)
Sacramento State SUU (L, 1-6) UND (L, 0-7)


Notable Streaks

Alex Ivanova is currently riding a seven-match winning streak at No. 3/No. 2 singles and has won eight of her last nine matches.

Veronika Rogova is one a five-match winning streak at No. 2/No. 3 singles and has paired with Anastasiia Vasileva at No. 2 doubles to form a perfect 5-0 record.