|Idaho Heads Back to NCAAs|
Malibu, Calif.—The Idaho Vandals women’s tennis team gets set for its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance on Friday. The Vandals will take on No. 8 Pepperdine at 1 p.m. PT.
“Our biggest goal of the season was to win the Big Sky,” head coach Mariana Cobra commented. “It is exciting to return to the NCAA Tournament and have this opportunity. Some of our players have not experienced this yet. We are excited to be able to continue to play.”
Idaho (19-8) will face host Pepperdine (21-2) for the first time in school-history. The Vandals, winners of their last nine matches, earned the Big Sky’s automatic NCAA bid. The Silver and Gold cruised through the Big Sky Tournament, defeating Eastern Washington, Sacramento State and Northern Arizona.
Freshman Marianna Petrei was voted the Big Sky’s Most Valuable Player. She has been solid in her first season, recording a 22-2 record in No. 1 singles. Idaho landed four players across the First and Second Team’s and Honorable Mentions. Senior Belen Barcenilla joined Petrei on the First Team. Freshman Maria Tavares was voted to the Second Team, while Lucia Badillos made Honorable Mention.
The Waves enter the tournament winners of the last four West Coast Conference titles. Luisa Stefani, the No. 6 singles player in the country, scored WCC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors. She leads the Waves with a 19-2 No. 1 singles record. Pepperdine head coach Per Nilsson was voted the conferences’ Coach of the Year.
“We want to leave it all on the court,” Cobra added. “Pepperdine is a very good team. They are going to challenge us, but we will be ready.”
Live results are available on the Tournament Central page.
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