Bengals Fall In Vegas
LAS VEGAS, Nevada– The Bengals women's tennis team traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada this past weekend where they took on the New Mexico State University Aggies and the UNLV Rebels. The Bengals fell to NM State on Saturday by a score of 6-1, and we saw them drop their game to UNLV the following morning 4-0. The Bengals will move to 6-6 on the season.
In the Bengals match Saturday morning with the Aggies we saw the Bengals start off strong, sweeping the doubles matches as Lola and Sol O'Lideadha won the No. 1 doubles match 7-5, Hana Cho and Leah Kurvuvilla down their opponents in the No. 2 doubles match 6-4, and we saw Sydney Morris and Megan Lang-Gould take it to their matchups, winning by a score of 6-2 in the No. 3 doubles match. The Bengals got swept in the singles matches though, losing in straight sets to their opponents except for the No. 4 singles match where we saw Megan Lang-Gould fall in a tiebreaker at the end by a score of 6-4, 5-7, 0-1 (2-10).
Idaho State sought to bounce back the following morning as they were up against the UNLV Rebels. The Bengals looked to take control of the doubles point to start the match like yesterday, however failed to do so as they were swept in the doubles matches and went into the singles trailing 1-0 in the team score. The Bengals could not find many answers in the singles matches as they were beaten in the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 singles matches. As they went down 4-0 in the team score the remaining singles matches went unfinished as the UNLV Rebels clinched the win.
"In our match with New Mexico state we really struggled with outdoor conditions and adapting to the wind" said head coach Gretchen Maloney, "we didn't play how we've been playing as far as consistency and patience. In our match today against UNLV the girls played much stronger. We battled on every court and got back to playing how we wanted to play."
The Bengals will be back in action on the road for their next match as they travel to Cheney, Washington to take on Big Sky Conference foe the Eastern Washington University Eagles on Sunday, March 19th at 10 AM.