LOGAN – Junior Hannah Jones and sophomores Alexandra Pisareva and Alexandra Taylor earned all-Mountain West honors, as selected by the conference's head coaches and announced on Wednesday by the conference. Pisareva earned all-MW in singles, while Jones and Taylor were named all-MW in doubles.
Overall, it is Pisareva's second conference honor of her career. She joins former Aggies Nini Guensler and McKenzie Davis as the only netters to earn multiple all-MW singles honors.
Pisareva posted an 11-3 record in dual match play at the No. 1 singles spot, going 3-1 against Mountain West opponents. She clinched the Aggies' 5-2 win at San Francisco at the top spot. Pisareva also recorded Utah State's only singles wins against BYU (6-0, 6-2) and New Mexico (6-1, 7-6 (2)) at the No. 1 spot.
This is the first conference award for Jones and Taylor, as the duo paired up and posted a 6-6 dual match record, including a 5-5 mark at the No. 1 spot and 1-1 at the No. 2 spot. The tandem clinched two doubles points for the Aggies against North Dakota (6-2) and Idaho State (6-2), as well as recorded USU's only doubles win against New Mexico State (6-1) and Pacific (6-2). This is the Aggies' first doubles award since the duo of Guensler and Sabrina Demerath earned all-doubles award in 2017.
USU finished the regular season with a 11-10 mark overall, including a 2-3 ledger in Mountain West play. Freshman Sidnee Lavatai recorded the most wins during the regular season with 12 victories during dual match play, while freshmen Annaliese County and Gabrielle Dekkers both recorded nine wins.
Lavatai recorded the most victories for the Aggies on the doubles courts, posting 11 wins during the dual match season, as she went 5-1 at the No. 2 spot. The duo of Lavatai and Pisareva is currently riding a three-match winning streak and has won a team-high-tying two matches during conference play, as the pair of County and Octave have also recorded two wins in Mountain West action.
The Aggies will enter the Mountain West Women’s Tennis Championships as the No. 7 seed and will face the 10th-seeded Boise State Broncos (7-11, 0-5 MW) in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday, April 24, at 11 a.m. MT. Other first-round action includes No. 8 San José State facing No. 9 Fresno State at 11 a.m., while No. 6 Colorado State and No. 11 Nevada will close out Day 1 at 2 p.m. Semifinal matches are scheduled for 11 a.m., and 3 p.m., on Friday, April 26, with the championship match slated for Saturday, April 27, at noon.
If USU gets the win, the Aggies will take on Air Force (21-2, 4-1 MW) on Thursday, April 25, at 3 p.m. MT. The Aggies and Falcons met on April 7, where Air Force won, 4-0, in Colorado Springs.
Every match of the 2019 Mountain West Women's Tennis Championship will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network. More information can be found on the Mountain West's website, www.themw.com.