UNLV Edges Air Force, 4-3, at MWC Women's Tennis Championships
April 27, 2001
The Air Force women's tennis team looked to avenge a 4-3 regular season loss to UNLV Friday at the 2001 Mountain West Conference Tennis Championships in Fort Collins, Colo. Unfortunately, UNLV duplicated the outcome, defeating the Falcons, 4-3, to advance to the fifth-place match.
The Falcons, who will play in the seventh-place match on Saturday, put up a strong fight in doubles, but eventually succumbed as UNLV won the No. 1 match, 8-2, and came back from a 5-2 deficit at the No. 3 position to win, 9-7, and take the doubles point. AFA's Brooke Parsons and Laura Nigro were ahead 7-6 at No. 2 doubles when that match was halted.
Air Force won the first three singles matches that were completed. Gina Black defeated Urska Radanovic, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 5 singles, then Laura Nigro exited the court with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Marianne Bakken at No. 3. Heather Shelby gave the Falcons a 3-1 lead with a 7-6, 6-4 decision over Britta Gabl at the No. 4 spot.
UNLV won the other three matches, however, to clinch the team victory. The Rebels' Paulina Janus defeated Parsons, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 singles and Agnieszka Abram beat AFA's Kristel Chuntraruk, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 2 to tie the team match at 3-3. Amy Hadziosmanovic clinched the match for UNLV with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Kelli O'Bryant at No. 6 singles.
The Falcons will face eighth-seeded Wyoming in the seventh-place match on Saturday, April 28 at 1 p.m. Wyoming was defeated by Utah, 4-1, on Friday.
MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS - First Round Consolation
UNLV 4, AIR FORCE 3
At Edora Park, Fort Collins, Colo.
1. Paulina Janus (UNLV) def. Brooke Parsons 6-4, 6-4, 2. Agnieszka Abram (UNLV) def. Kristel Chuntraruk 6-4, 6-3, 3. Laura Nigro (AFA) def. Marianne Bakken 6-3, 6-0, 4. Heather Shelby (AFA) def. Britta Gabl 7-6(4), 6-4, 5. Gina Black (AFA) def. Urska Radanovic 6-2, 6-4, 6. Amy Hadziosmanovic (UNLV) def. Kelli O'Bryant 7-5, 6-4
1. Janus/Abram (UNLV) def. Chuntraruk/Black (AFA) 8-2,
2. Parsons/Nigro (AFA) vs. Bakken/Hadziosmanovic (UNLV) Did Not Finish,
3. Gabl/Radanovic (UNLV) def. Shelby/O'Bryant 9-7,