Tennis Slips By Bakersfield In Season Opener

San Jose Calif.----San Jose State captured an important doubles point early on to help pull off a 4-3 victory over Cal State Bakersfield in the 2010 season opener.

     Sandra Florea and Anna Guzman for San Jose State, broke the serve of Nefeli Diamanti and Gabriela Horton in the final point of their doubles match to seal the point for the Spartans.

     "They held their serves really well, but so did we," said Guzman. "Sandra and I stayed in the match until the end where we finally broke their serve."

     Moving onto singles, it was the middle of the lineup that came through for San Jose State. Guzman, Chau Truong, and Jennifer Williams played in spots four through six respectively, and all won their matches in straight sets.

     Truong had a convincing, 6-3, 6-3 win in her first career dual match at the collegiate level over Julian Mannix. "I was very nervous at the beginning of the match, and it showed in the way I hit the ball," said the 4'10 freshman. "Then I settled down and placed my shots which turned things around."

     Though she didn't know it, Guzman sealed the fourth and winning match point for San Jose State in her win over Sara Mijwel, 7-6 (1), 6-4. On the other hand, Williams was the first off the court after a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Horton.

     Despite pushing their matches to a third set, Olivia Marshall and Florea both dropped their matches at the number one and two singles positions for the Spartans. Florea took the first set, 6-4, against Ashlee Thorneycroft, but was beaten in the next two losing, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Marshall bounced back from a lopsided opening set, but fell short to Veronica Dimas, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

     Also forcing a third set was Megan Kummer in the number six singles for San Jose State. Kummer won, 6-0 in the second set against Julie Hutton before falling just short in the match, 6-3, 0-6, 6-4.

     Following a narrow season opening victory head coach Anh-Dao Nguyen-Church said, "I'm very happy with the way our players competed on the courts today. Even in the losses we pushed the opponent to a third set, and were in position to win. The team responded well after limited practice time due to the recent rain.

     San Jose State makes it four season opening wins in a row, and will hit the tennis court again on February 7 at home against Cal State Stanislaus at 11:00 a.m.

Veronica Dimas (CSUB) def. Olivia Marshall (SJSU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Ashlee Thorneycroft (CSUB) def. Sandra Florea (SJSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Anna Guzman (SJSU) def. Sara Mijwel (CSUB) 7-6 (1), 6-4
Chau Truong (SJSU) def. Julian Mannix (CSUB) 6-3, 6-3
Jennifer Williams (SJSU) def. Gabriela Horton (CSUB) 6-0, 6-3
Julie Hutton (CSUB) def. Megan Kummer (SJSU) 6-3, 0-6, 6-4

Marshall/Truong (SJSU) def. Hutton/Thorneycroft (CSUB) 8-1
Guzman/Florea (SJSU) def. Diamanti/Horton (CSUB) 8-6
Dimas/Mannix (CSUB) def. Williams/Kummer (SJSU) 8-4