Lobos Face Weather Delays At ITA Regionals
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  10/11/2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Lobos complete day two of the 2013 USTA/ITA Women’s Tennis Mountain Regionals with mixed results after a long day of rain delays at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on Thursday, Oct. 10.

It was a long day for regional competitors at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas as poor weather conditions altered the event schedule. Doubles play was able to take place as planned, but the singles category was limited to only one round of competition.

The University of New Mexico remains undefeated in the doubles category as all four Lobo competitors won their second round doubles match on Wednesday morning. Duo Natasha Smith and Dominique Dulski defeated the University of Northern Colorado’s Adriana Nieto and Hilary Walters-West, 9-16. UNM’s Misa Bezdickova and Lizette Blankers are also advancing to the next round of doubles as they defeated Air Force’s Tiffany Tran and Jocelle Rudico, 8-2.

“Due to the rain last night and this morning, we got a late start to the day, which I was a little worried about as it’s sometimes hard to get things going after a delay,” said head coach Erica Jasper. “However, I was really pleased with how we came out in doubles and played smart, aggressive tennis from the start.”

The Lobos almost saw another perfect record in the singles category as they went 3-1 on day two. Bezdickova came up short against Shelia Morales Hidalgo of the University of Nevada-Reno, 6-4, 6-1.

“In singles, obviously Misa Bezdickova had a tough day, which is a rare occurrence,” Jasper said. “ I know she’ll regroup and make the necessary adjustments moving forward. Natasha Smith had a great come from behind win; down 4-1 in the third, she won five straight games to take the match, which was awesome to see.”

Regional play will start up again on Friday at 9:00 a.m. (PST).

Full results will be posted on itatennis.com and golobos.com at the end of each day.



Singles (128 Draw):

Dominque Dulski (UNM) def. Anett Ferenczi-Bako (UNLV), 6-4, 6-2

Lizette Blankers (UNM) def. Kallie Sperry (USU), 6-2, 6-3

Natasha Smith (UNM) def. Mackenna Maddox (BYU), 7-5, 2-6, 6-4

Shelia Morales Hidalgo (UNR) def. Michaela Bezdickova (UNM), 6-4, 6-1

Doubles (64 Draw):

Smith/Dulski (UNM) def. Nieto/Walters-West (UNC), 8-3

Bezdickova/Blankers (UNM) def. Tran/Rudico (AFA), 8-2


Updated Schedule of Play (Due to rain delay):

Friday, Oct. 11 – One round of doubles and two rounds of singles

Saturday, Oct. 12 – One round of doubles and two rounds of singles

Sunday, Oct. 13 – Doubles semifinals and doubles final followed by singles final