On the first day of the of the Via Christi Collegiate Classic, the No. 59 Nevada women’s tennis team were downed 4-1 by No. 24 SMU on Friday at the Genesis Health Club in Wichita, Kan.
Due to weather conditions, the match was relocated from Wichita State’s outdoor Sheldon Coleman Tennis Complex to indoors at the Genesis Health Club.
Sophomore Florence De Vrye picked up her 10th singles win on the season, defeating Natalia Bubien 7-5, 6-2 in the No. 2 singles position.
Due to time availability of the courts, the matches between sophomore Lais Ogata and Pavi Francis in the No. 4 position and sophomore Aodhnait Lombard and Kseniia Tokarieva in the No. 6 spot were unable to finish.
In the No. 1 spot, Marta Lesniak topped senior Caroline Bailly 6-2, 6-2 and junior Maria Mizyuk was also downed by Aleks Malyarschikova 6-3, 7-5 in the No. 3 position. Sophomore Caroline Stevens had a hard fought match in the No. 5 position but she was defeated by Nicole Briceno 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
In doubles action, the Wolf Pack faced two ranked doubles team players. In the No. 1 position, Bailly and Mizyuk took on No. 42 Lesniak and Malyarschikova but the duo were downed 8-2 by the ranked players. In theh No. 2 position, De Vrye and Ogata faced their first ranked opponent together, taking on No. 60 Bubien and Francis. Bubien and Francis defeated De Vrye and Ogata 8-6.
Nevada (3-7, 0-1 Western Athletic Conference) will return to action Saturday against No. 66 Wichita State.