Seniors Marine Dans and Gaelle Rey accounted for three of the four points for the championship.
April 30, 2017
Las Vegas, Nev.----- San Jose State University overcame a one-match deficit in doubles against host UNLV to win the team doubles point and went on to win three straight-set singles matches and capture the 2017 Mountain West Women’s Tennis Championship.
The Spartans (14-7) defeated the Rebels (18-8), 4-0. UNLV was the defending Mountain West champion.
Seniors Marine Dans and Gaelle Rey powered San Jose State to the championship first combining to win at #2 doubles, 7-5 over Carol Yang and Cristina Moroi giving San Jose State a 1-0 lead. Dans put the Spartans ahead 2-0 with her 6-2, 6-1 straight-set win over Anna Bogoslavets at #3-singles. Rey’s 6-4, 6-3 singles win over Jovana Kenic at #6 ignited the San Jose State championship celebration.
In between Dans and Rey’s singles wins, Sybille Gauvain, ranked #100 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s singles national rankings, defeated Carol Yang, 6-3, 6-2. Yang is ranked #48 nationally and beat Gauvain during regular-season action in San Jose, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
Gauvain’s victory was her 100th in singles and doubles at San Jose State. She is the fourth player on this year’s team with at least 100 career victories.
“We got off to a slow start in doubles,” said San Jose State head coach Chad Skorupka in a Mountain West Network interview. Gauvain and partner Marie Klocker lost their match at #1-doubles, but the Spartans’ #3-doubles pair of Tamara Culibrk and Miyo Kobayashi gave San Jose State their first win in the two-out-of-three format. Both scores were 6-3.
Dans and Rey were tied 4-4 with Yang and Cristina Moroi, lost serve to trail, 5-4, but went on to win the next three games for a 7-5 final and the lead heading into singles.
San Jose State will be making its second appearance in a NCAA Women's Tennis Championship. The first was in 2013. The Spartans will learn their next opponent, on Tuesday, May 2, 2:30 p.m. (PT) during the NCAA Women's Tennis Selection Show on www.ncaa.com.
San Jose State University women’s tennis
Mountain West Women’s Tennis Championship
San Jose State vs. UNLV
Fertitta Tennis Complex, Las Vegas, Nev.
April 30, 2017
Final Score: San Jose State (SJSU) 4, UNLV 0.
Aiwen Zhu & En-Pei Huang (UNLV) def. Sybille Gauvain & Marie Klocker (SJSU), 6-3
Marine Dans & Gaelle Rey (SJSU) def. Carol Yang & Cristina Moroi (UNLV), 7-5
Tamara Culibrk & Miyo Kobayashi (SJSU) def. Paola Artiga & Anna Bogoslavets (UNLV), 6-3
Order of finish – 1, 3, 2
#100 Sybille Gauvain (SJSU) #48 Carol Yang (UNLV) 6-3, 6-2
Marie Klocker (SJSU) Aiwen Zhu (UNLV) 3-6, 6-3, 1-1 unfinished
Marine Dans (SJSU) Anna Bogoslavets (UNLV), 6-2, 6-1
Tamara Culibrk (SJSU) En-Pei Huang (UNLV), 5-7, 3-5 unfinished
Miyo Kobayashi (SJSU) Paola Artiga (UNLV), 4-6, 4-5 unfinished
Gaelle Rey (SJSU) Jovana Kenic (UNLV) 6-4, 6-3
Order of finish – 3, 1, 6