Courtesy of NMSU
KANSAS CITY, Mo.– The New Mexico State women’s tennis team won its first Western Athletic Conference Championship in program history after handling UT-Pan American, 4-0, in Sunday’s championship match.
The top-seeded Aggies also earned their first berth to the NCAA Tournament in program history and went through the WAC Championships with dropping a point.
“This is a great day for NM State women’s tennis,” NM State head coach Ivan Fernandez said. “It has been a year since we lost in the finals last year and we’ve been waiting to redeem ourselves ever since.”
In addition to Sunday’s historic win, NM State also garnered several WAC postseason accolades.
Senior Susana Alcaraz and junior Ashvarya Shrivistava were named to the first team All-WAC in singles, while in doubles, Shrivistava and senior Denise Van Der Ben earned first team All-WAC honors.
Freshman Rimpledeep Kaur was the lone Aggie on the second team in singles.
NM State began Sunday’s Championship match by winning the doubles’ point.
On court No. 3, Kaur and Marie-Pier Thiffault defeated Christel Amsallem and Natacha Minc, 8-2, while Shrivistava and Van Der Ben clinched the doubles’ point with a 8-6 performance against Mariana Ranzahuer and Lison Le Biavant on court No. 2.
The No. 1 doubles’ match-up between Susana Alcaraz and Erika Castillo Lopez and Katia Stavroulaki and Reegan Greenwood went unfinished.
In singles’ play, the Aggies picked-up the three necessary wins via the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 spots.
Shrivistava took care of Stavroulaki in dominating fashion, 6-1, 6-0 on court No. 1. Alcaraz, NM State’s No. 2 individual, defeated Dominique Esparza, 6-1, 6-2. And on court No. 4, Van Der Ben clinched the Aggie victory with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Amsallem.
The Aggies will have to wait until Tuesday, April 28, to see who they will play in the NCAA Tournament, which will be on May 14-25 in Waco, Texas.
NM State vs. UT-Pan American Women’s Tennis
April 26, 2015 WAC Championship Kansas City, Mo.
1. Ashvarya Shrivistava (NMSU) def. Katia Stavroulaki (UTPA) 6-1, 6-0
2. Susana Alcaraz (NMSU) def. Dominique Esparza (UTPA) 6-1, 6-2
3. Rimpledeep Kaur (NMSU) vs. Reegan Greenwood (UTPA) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
4. Denise Van Der Ben (NMSU) def. Christel Amsallem (UTPA) 6-2, 6-1
5. Erika Castillo Lopez (NMSU) vs. Mariana Ranzahuer (UTPA) 6-1, 3-4, unfinished
6. Marie-Pier Thiffault (NMSU) vs. Natacha Minc (UTPA) 4-6, 3-2, unfinished
1. Susana Alcaraz/Erika Castillo Lopez (NMSU) vs. Katia Stavroulaki/Reegan Greenwood (UTPA) 7-6, unfinished
2. Ashvarya Shrivistava/Denise Van Der Ben (NMSU) def. Mariana Ranzahuer/Lison Le Biavant (UTPA) 8-6
3. Rimpledeep Kaur/Marie-Pier Thiffault (NMSU) def. Christel Amsallem/Natacha Minc (UTPA) 8-2