San Jose, Calif. -- The San Jose State women’s tennis team won their fifth straight match on Sunday, March 11, 2012, beating Souther Utah University 6-1.
Southern Utah University (3-3) could only compete with five players due to injury. It was the second consecutive match that San Jose State (6-3, 1-0 WAC) started with a 1-0 lead before play began.
In doubles, Chau Truong/Alexis quickly disposed of the Thunderbird’s Ksusha Johnson /Lisa Pleskan, 8-0. Sabastiani Leon Chao/Erica Medlin battled Alex Ivanova/Olia Tatarchenko in a match that was back and forth but Spartans prevailed, 8-6.
“I was really happy with the way our No. 2 (Truong/Marquez) played today,” coach Sylvain Malroux said. “They came out with a competitive attitude and it showed in their play.”
San Jose State took four of five singles matches. Truong backed up her solid doubles performance with a dominating, 6-0, 6-1 win over Afton Staheli. Leon Chao was a straight set winner from the No. 1 spot, 6-2, 6-2, over Ivanova. Freshman Jessica Willett received her second singles dual match win of the year, beating Lisa Pleskan, 6-4, 6-2. Marquez won when her opponent, Olia Tatarchenko, retired before the start of the second set.
“We are learning everyday but it is a challenge when we played back to back days against teams of five players,” said coach Malroux. “There are a lot of good teams coming up and many matches in multiple days, so this weekend was a good test for our players.”
San Jose State now has a five match winning streak. They will look to take it to six this Wednesday, March 14, against the Academy of Art. The match is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start at the Spartan Tennis Complex.
San Jose State University vs. Southern Utah University
Spartan Tennis Complex
March 11, 2012
SJSU 6 – SUU 1 FINAL
Leon Chao/Medlin (SJSU) def. Ivanova/Tatarchenko (SUU) 8-6
Truong/Marquez (SJSU) def. Johnson/Pleskan (SUU) 8-0
Busch/Willett (SJSU) def. Forfeit (SUU)
Sabastinani Leon Chao (SJSU) def. Alex Ivanova (SUU) 6-2, 6-1
Ksusha Johnson (SUU) def. Erica Medlin (SJSU) 6-2, 6-4
Chau Truong (SJSU) def. Afton Staheli (SUU) 6-0, 6-1
Alexis Marquez (SJSU) def. Olia Tatarchenko (SUU) 6-4, Retire
Jessica Willett (SJSU) def. Lisa Pleskan (SUU) 6-4, 6-2
Isadora Busch (SJSU) def. Forfeit (SUU)