College Softball: Bobcats open play at WAC tournament
The Texas State women’s tennis team will play in its first WAC Championships when the No. 6 seeded Bobcats meet No. 3 Louisiana Tech at the Gates Tennis Center on Thursday, April 25, at 3:00 p.m. (Central).
Texas State enters the match with a 9-9 overall record and a 4-5 mark against WAC opponents this season after winning two of its final three matches during the regular season. The Bobcats defeated Lewis & Clark College, 6-1, on April 13 and beat McMurry, 7-0, last Friday.
Louisiana Tech is 14-4 overall, including a 7-1 WAC mark. The Lady Techsters enter the tournament with an eight-match winning streak, and boast its best WAC record and finish in school history.
Junior Jessica Kahts, who enters the WAC Championships with a 12-5 overall record and 6-3 mark against WAC opponents in No. 1 dual matches this spring, leads Texas State.
Senior Mariana Perez is 11-4 in singles play with an 8-4 mark in No. 5 matches. She also enters the WAC Championships after winning four straight matches following a No. 4 victory against McMurry. It marks the second time this season she won a No. 4 match.
Texas State’s other senior, Melissa Hadad, has combined with Perez to post a 4-3 record in doubles matches this season, including a 4-2 mark as Texas State’s No. 2 doubles tandem. Hadad also enters the tournament having won two straight single matches.
Sophomore Monica Pieratt owns a 6-6 record in No. 3 singles after beginning the spring winning three of her five No. 4 matches. She has a 5-4 record against WAC opponents.
Bérénice Van den Bergh is 9-5 in singles this season, including a 4-4 WAC mark. She is 7-5 in No. 6 matches and owns a 2-0 record in No. 5 matches.
Rachel Baldree has a 5-4 record against WAC opponents this season and is 8-9 overall, while Katy Collins is 2-1 in No. 6 singles after winning her last two matches.
The winner of the Texas State-Louisiana Tech match will play against the winner of the No. 2 San Jose State vs. No. 7 UTSA match in the semifinals of the tournament at 3 p.m. on Friday.
San Jose State enters the tournament with a 16-5 overall record and an 8-1 mark against WAC teams this season. Meanwhile, UTSA is 7-12 overall and 2-6 in WAC matches.
Denver enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed after finishing the regular season with an 8-0 record in conference play. The Pioneers are 16-3 overall this season, and will face No. 8-seeded New Mexico State, which was 6-15 overall and 2-7 against WAC teams.
The other quarterfinal match has No. 4 UT Arlington vs. No. 5 Idaho. UTA finished the regular season with a 7-12 overall record, but won six of its seven matches in conference play to finish 6-3. Idaho enters the tournament with a 12-11 mark, including a 5-4 WAC record.
The conference championship is on Saturday at 3 p.m.