San Jose, Calif. -- The San Jose State women’s tennis team defeated UC Santa Cruz, 7-0 in the team’s dual-season opener on February 8, at the Spartan Tennis Complex.
The Spartans swept all six singles matches with four straight-set victories and took two out of three in doubles competition to arrive at the, 7-0 outcome.
Sabastiani Leon Chao led San Jose State in the number-one singles spot with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Ariana Mokhtari. It was the true freshman’s first dual match at the collegiate level.
“Heading into the match I expected to be more nervous out there, but I ended up being ok,” said Leon Chao. “I used the skills that I know I have and tried to keep my thoughts together.”
Emily Prescott also played in her first dual-match as a freshman for the Spartans. She held on in a second-set tiebreaker to beat Sarah Courtland in a tight match 7-5, 7-6(5).
“It means a lot to our team when those with the least amount of experience show they can play well in a match,” said San Jose State head coach Anh-Dao Nguyen-Church.
Sophomore Chau Truong and senior Anna Guzman both picked up straight-set victories as the second and fifth seeds respectively.
The match concluded with Olivia Marshall finishing a comeback against Alexandra Scotten on court three. Marshall dropped the first 6-4, but won the last two sets and the match 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.
The win gives San Jose State their 15th in a row against UC Santa Cruz dating back to the 1999-00 season.
“I’m happy with the way our players developed as the match went on,” said Nguyen-Church. “We want to continue fighting hard like this and compete for wins as the season moves on.”
The Spartans will take on Texas San Antonio at home in their next match on February 18, at 1:00 p.m.
San Jose State 7 UC Santa Cruz 0
Sabastiani Leon Chao (SJSU) def. Ariana Mokhtari (UCSC) 7-5, 6-2
Chau Truong (SJSU) def. Taylor Mannix (UCSC) 6-3, 6-1
Olivia Marshall (SJSU) def. Alexandra Scotten (UCSC) 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
Sandra Florea (SJSU) def. Laura Wade (UCSC) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
Anna Guzman (SJSU) def. Rachel Shinto (UCSC) 6-3, 6-2
Emily Prescott (SJSU) def. Sarah Courtland (UCSC) 7-5, 7-6(5)
Leon-Chao/Florea (SJSU) def. Mokhtari/Mannix(UCSC) 8-3
Scotten/Wade (UCSC) def. Marshall/Guzman (SJSU) 8-6
Truong/Prescott (SJSU) def. Angela Humphrey/Shinto (UCSC) 8-2