|Women's tennis hosts two|
MOSCOW - One week after its first attempt to host a home match in Moscow, the Idaho women's tennis team will give it another shot, as the Vandal women are set to host Western Athletic Conference foe Nevada on April 13, and Oregon on April 14.
Friday's match is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at the Memorial Gym Tennis Courts, with Saturday's contest beginning at 11 a.m. at the same location.
"We are really excited to be hosting back-to-back home matches this weekend against two quality opponents," Idaho coach Dan Pollock said. "The girls have waited all year to play in front of their home fans on their own courts and they can't wait to get started on Friday."
Idaho enters the weekend with a 15-5 record, a four-match win streak, and as winners of eight of its last nine matches overall. The Vandals are 0-1 in WAC play, however, and will look to even that mark against Nevada, which enters at 5-8 overall and 0-1 in the WAC.
"Nevada is a tough team, they are strong at the top of the line-up and have good depth," Pollock said of the Wolf Pack. "Coach Tonelli has done a great job with his team this year and they have picked up several quality wins. We will have to have every girl step up and compete at their top level on Friday if we are going to be successful."
Oregon enters the week with an 11-7 overall record, and will face Washington State on Friday before taking on the Vandals. All seven of Oregon's losses came against top-75 nationally ranked teams, including four against teams in the top 10.
"Oregon is a powerful team," Pollock said. "They compete all year long against the best teams in the country from all the power conferences. We will have to bring our A-game if we want to compete with them, but if we do I think we can give them a real battle."
While last week's match against Weber State was moved to LCSCs indoor facility in Lewiston due to weather, the forecast for this weekend calls temperatures in the mid-50s with a low chance of precipitation.
"It would be great to have as much support as possible for the team on Friday and Saturday," Pollock said. "We have played in hostile environments on the road all season long, and we want to make Moscow a difficult place to play for our opponents too."