SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Losing a super-tiebreaker in the final doubles pairing is what sank San Jose State (3-3) in their 4-3 loss to Sonoma State (5-3) at the Spartan Tennis Complex on March 10.
Seniors Anna Guzman and Olivia Marshall were the last standing for the Spartans in what was the team's closest match so far in 2011.
After evening the score at eight against Sonoma's Haley Hickock and Dana Carollo, Guzman and Marshall were unable to win the super-tiebreaker. The nail bitter ended at 9-8(4) and gave the Seawolves the clinching fourth point to win the match.
"Anna and I tried pressuring them by rushing the net, but there lobs were just too good for us today," said Marshall following the match. "We did our best to stay in the match, and we just came up short in the very end."
Chau Truong and Emily Prescott had Stephanie Hoffmire and Brook McBride down 4-1 before the Spartan pair lost seven straight points for an 8-4 defeat.
Splitting the singles competition with three wins for San Jose State and three wins for Sonoma State is what sent the match to the doubles madness.
Truong stepped up to play number-one singles as flu-like symptoms sidelined Sabastiani Leon Chao just before the match began.
Truong, along with Guzman and Marshall were the three Spartan winners, all in straight-set fashion.
"This is a devastating loss for our team, and I hope that they all learned something from this match," said Spartans' head coach Anh-Dao Nguyen Church. "We did not play well, and I need our team to shake this one off before we are right back at it competing this Saturday."
From here, San Jose State hits the road down south to battle Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday, March 12, at 12 p.m.
Sonoma State 4 San Jose State 3
Chau Truong (SJSU) def. Dana Carollo (SSU) 6-4, 6-3
Olivia Marshall (SJSU) def. Anastasia Eliseeva (SSU) 6-4, 6-2
Megan White (SSU) def. Emily Prescott (SJSU) 6-1, 6-4
Haley Hickock (SSU) def. Sandra Florea (SJSU) 6-1, 6-4
Anna Guzman (SJSU) def. Brooke McBride (6-2, 6-0)
Stephanie Hoffmire (SSU) def. Kalin Eshelman (SJSU) 6-4, 6-2
Sabastiani Leon Chao/Florea (SJSU) def. Eliseeva/White 8-2
Hickock/Carollo (SSU) def. Guzman/Marshall (SJSU) 9-8(4)
Hoffmire/McBride (SSU) def. Truong/Prescott (SJSU) 8-4