Two Mountain West women's tennis teams were eliminated from the NCAA Championships on Saturday.
UNLV, making its fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships, dropped a 4-2 decision to San Diego in the first round on Saturday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
The Lady Rebels' No. 1 doubles team of Aleksandra Josifoska and Nives Pavlovic pulled within 7-6 against USD's Stephanie Hoffpauir and Juliette Coupez, but a strong forehand down the line by Hoffpauir enabled the 29th-ranked Toreros to hold on for an 8-6 win and the doubles point.
UNLV, which entered the match ranked No. 39, got its lone doubles win at the second spot where Lucia Batta and Anna Maskaljun closed the season on a school-record 19-match winning streak. Maskaljun ended her career in second place on the school's all-time list with 90 wins. Maskaljun's singles sweep (7-5, 6-0) of Maja Sujica marked her 21st win in her final 22 collegiate matches.
Undefeated this season in Mountain West action, the Lady Rebels closed out the season with an overall mark of 20-6.
Meanwhile, Utah, making back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Championships for the first time since qualifying three consecutive times from 1996-98, was ousted by Alabama, 4-0, in Athens, Ga.
The 49th-ranked Utes were bidding to advance to the tournament's second round for the first time in school history while avenging a 4-2 loss to the No. 26-ranked Crimson Tide in February. Utah, which won the MW Championships, finished the season 16-10 overall after going 7-1 in MW play.
Junior Anastasia Putilina, the MW Women's Player of the Year, held a 3-0 advantage in her third set against Mary Anne McFarlane when play was halted after Alabama clinched the team match.
Postseason Play Continues at Stanford
The men's and women's Mountain West Tennis Players of the Year --- UNLV's Mehdi Bouras and Utah's Anastasia Putilina --- will compete in the NCAA Individual Tennis Championships May 25-30 at the Taube Tennis Center in Stanford, Calif., following the conclusion of the team championships on May 24.
Bouras (22-11), the MW's highest-ranked singles player at No. 72 in the nation, is the first Rebel men's player to earn a spot in the NCAA singles field since Elliot Wronski in 2007. He will also pair with teammate Bernard Schoeman in the doubles competition. Bouras and Schoeman are 13-8 overall as a tandem and boast three wins over top-20 opponents this spring. They are also the first UNLV doubles team to reach the national tournament since Nenad Zivkovic and Gregor Skorin in 1999.
Putilina, ranked No. 92 in the latest ITA rankings, earned the MW's automatic bid to the NCAA's women's singles field.
Individual and doubles draws will be released just prior to the tournament.
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