Tennis Splits Pair; Now 3-2

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose State (3-2) split its doubleheader on March 5 with a 5-1 loss to UC Davis (11-2) and a 6-1 win over Southern Utah University at the Spartan Tennis Complex.

The Spartans began with UC Davis in singles and lost five out of six matches to eliminate the doubles competition.  Senior Anna Guzman defeated Melissa Kobayakawa 6-4, 6-4 for San Jose State's only win in the 5-1 loss.

Chau Truong, Olivia Marshall, Sandra Florea and Emily Prescott all lost in straight sets.

In the second match against Southern Utah, San Jose State turned things around. Sabastiani Leon Chao took care of Ksusha Nazarova in straight-sets 6-2, 6-3 at number-one singles. Meanwhile, Chau Truong bounced back from the earlier loss to defeat Alex Ivanova 6-4, 6-3.

"It felt good to get right back out there to work on my game and redeem myself for a loss earlier this morning," said Truong after the matches. "I was a little tired but I kept myself together mentally and physically to win that match."

Guzman made it an undefeated day in singles when she beat Afton Staheli handily 6-0, 6-1.  Florea was also a straight-set winner against the Thunderbirds' Danica Ingwaldson 6-4, 6-4.

"Our goal is to keep improving out here, and today we did that," said Spartans' head coach Anh-Dao Nguyen-Church. "Our ladies fought hard for every shot and they made me proud."

After the split, San Jose State moves to 3-2 on the year with their next match coming Thursday, March 10 against Sonoma State at the Spartan Courts.

UC Davis 5     San Jose State 1

Megan Heneghan (UCD) def. Sabastiani Leon Chao (SJSU) 6-4, 6-1
Dara Zamudio (UCD) def. Chau Truong (SJSU) 6-4, 3-6, 7-2
Ellie Edles (UCD) def. Olivia Marshall (SJSU) 6-5, 6-2
Kelly Chui (UCD) def. Sandra Florea (SJSU) 6-0, 6-0
Lauren Curry (UCD) def. Emily Prescott (SJSU) 6-0, 6-0
Anna Guzman (SJSU) def. Melissa Kobayakawa (UCD) 6-4, 6-4

San Jose State 6     Southern Utah University 1

Sabastiani Leon Chao (SJSU) def. Ksusha Nazarova (SUU) 6-2, 6-3
Chau Truong (SJSU) def. Alex Ivanova (SUU) 6-4, 6-3
Olga Tatarchenko (SUU) def. Olivia Marshall (SJSU) 6-3, 3-6, 7-4
Sandra Florea (SJSU) def. Danica Ingwaldson (SUU) 6-4, 6-4
Anna Guzman (SJSU) def. Afton Staheli (SUU) 6-0, 6-1
Emily Prescott (SJSU) def. Kirrily Burden (SUU), by forfeit

Leon Chao/Florea (SJSU) def. Nazarova/Tatarchenko(SUU) 8-6
Ivanova/Ingwaldson (SUU) def. Guzman/Marshall (SJSU) 8-3
Truong/Prescott (SJSU) def. Burden/Staheli (SUU), by forfeit