April 24, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - The women’s team heads to Denver, Colorado for the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Tournament. The tournament opens Thursday at the Gates Tennis Center.
UT Arlington (7-12, 6-3) is the No. 4 seed and will face. No. 5 seed Idaho (12-11, 5-4) in the quarterfinals at 11 a.m. CT to begin the tournament.
The Mavericks struggled early in the season, going 1-7 before finishing strong in conference play.
“We always try to play some of the top opponents during the preseason and it was hard,” UT Arlington coach Diego Benitez said. “The women are playing well right now and getting into a good grove and playing much better tennis.”
The women won three of their four conference matches and are looking to continue their momentum into the tournament.
“Preseason gave us a hard time, but it was great competition and it was good for us,” UT Arlington team captain Giada D'ortona said. “Even though we’re not the top seed, we believe we can win conference because even though we lost a lot during the preseason, we didn’t give up and we keep getting better.”
These two teams met in early April and the Mavs were able to defeat the Vandals with a 4-2 victory in San Antonio.
The Denver Pioneers come into the tournament as the top seed in the women's bracket. San Jose State's Klaudia Boczova enters the tournament as the as the highest ranked ITA player in the WAC at No. 53.
The tournament is single elimination and will take place from April 26-28 in Denver.