San Jose, Calif.-----San Jose State University won all nine matches in a 7-0 shutout over Southern Utah University in a non-conference women's tennis contest.
The Spartans (8-4), ranked 66th nationally in the March 5 Intercollegiate Tennis Association ITA) Division I poll, was pushed to just one tiebreaker at number-two doubles as they posted their third dual match win in their last four outings. Jessica Willett and Amber Walker, playing together for the first time this season, trailed Southern Utah's Veronika Rogova and Madeline Skaras, 7-0, but came back to tie the match at 7-7 and won the tiebreaker, 7-4, for an 8-7 match victory.
Senior Chau Truong moved into second-place on the San Jose State list for combined singles and doubles victories at 113 with a win at number-three doubles teaming with Julianna Bacelar and a 7-5, 6-3 triumph at number-two singles over Southern Utah's Veronica Rogova. Truong is four away from tying the school record of 117 set by Ashley Tavita.
The Spartans changed their lineup for Southern Utah (2-3) following a lower leg injury to #1-singles player Klaudia Boczova that occurred in the March 3 UC Davis match. Boczova, ranked #40 in the ITA Division singles rankings, was replaced at the top of San Jose State's singles lineup by Sabastiani Leon Chao who recorded a 6-1, 6-2 win over Olya Kunz.
"Everybody stepped up (today). They know if we have one or two players out because of injury or sickness, we have a lot of depth on this team," says San Jose State head coach Sylvain Malroux.
"It was a nice win today. The doubles team (Willett and Walker) that we put together today did a nice job of coming back. Our other doubles teams keep proving they are doing a good job communicating."
"In singles, we played well and took care of business. It was a nice win to get us back on track. And now, we have 10 days to get ready for conference matches."
San Jose State returns to action, March 20, when the Spartans open Western Athletic Conference play hosting New Mexico State in a 2:00 p.m. dual match.
San Jose State University Women's Tennis
Spartan Tennis Complex, San Jose, Calif.
March 9, 2013
#66-San Jose State (SJSU) 7, Southern Utah (SUU) 0
Doubles Erica Medlin-Sabastiani Leon Chao (SJSU) def. Olya Kunz-Aleksandra Ivanova (SUU), 8-2 Jessica Willett=Amber Walker (SJSU) def. Veronika Rogova-Madeline Skaras (SUU), 8-7 (7-4) Julianna Bacelar-Chau Truong (SJSU) def. Afton Staheli-Anastasiia Vasileva (SUU), 8-3
|Sabastiani Leon Chao (SJSU) def. Olya Kunz (SUU), 6-1, 6-2|
|Chau Truong (SJSU) def. Veronika Rogova (SUU), 7-5, 6-3|
|Erica Medlin (SJSU) def. Aleksandra Ivanova (SUU), 6-1 6-2|
|Julianna Bacelar (SJSU) def. Madeline Skaras (SUU), 6-0, 6-0|
|Jessica Willett (SJSU) def. Anastasiia Vasileva (SUU), 6-3, 6-2|
|Amber Walker (SJSU) def. Afton Staheli (SUU), 6-1, 6-0|
Southern Utah - 2-3
#66-San Jose State - 8-4