|1st Tennis Win Over Santa Clara In 15 Years|
Santa Clara, Calif.-----San Jose State University's number-one singles player Klaudia Boczova won a three-set tiebreaker, 7-1, as the Spartans defeated Santa Clara University, 4-3, in a non-conference women's tennis match.
Boczova, a sophomore from Bratislava, Slovakia, defeated Katie Le, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1 tiebreaker). Le came into the match ranked 26th nationally in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles rankings.
"The first set, I lost because of my mistakes. But I felt I could do it today," said Boczova, who faced match point in the second set and trailed 4-5 in the third set. She broke Le's serve at 4-5 and took a 6-5 lead before Le forced the tiebreaker.
"I played good on the match point and still believed I could win. In the third, I started to be more patient and change my game. The better I played, the better she played and today, it worked out. Before the tiebreak started, I was aware that this was the deciding point and I wanted to get the point for my team, because they were really supporting me.
"I am so, so happy we are able to make this record (end the streak)."
The win gave San Jose State (5-2) its first women's tennis victory over Santa Clara (2-3) in 15 matches dating back to 1998. The Spartans won the match with four singles victories.
#2-Sabastiani Leon Chao and #6-Jessica Willett were straight-set winners. #5-Julianna Bacelar posted a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over Santa Clara's Maggie McGeorge to pull the match even at 3-3 with only Boczova and Le left on the DeGheri Tennis Center courts on the Santa Clara University campus.
"After 15 years, it's nice. It was a close match. Santa Clara is pretty tough. Losing the doubles point, we did a real good job coming back fighting through some tough three-set matches. It was wonderful for Klaudia and for our team to finish the match this way," said San Jose State head coach Sylvain Malroux.
For Bacelar, she, like Boczova, won her sixth singles match in a row in dual match competition.
"Julianna is such a fighter that we can trust her when we were down, 3-2. She is so tough mentally. Klaudia proved today, mentally, she is such a strong player," added Malroux who believed all six of his players played well in singles. "It was a good team effort."
Santa Clara took the early lead winning two of the three doubles matches for the first point of the contest. Boczova and Chau Truong teamed for the only San Jose State win topping Kelly Lamble and Maggie McGeorge, 8-5 at #2-doubles.
San Jose State University Women's Tennis
San Jose State vs. Santa Clara (non-conference)
Feb. 9, 2013