San Jose, Calif. – The San Jose State women’s tennis team narrowly grabbed a victory over University of Pacific, 4-3, on Saturday, March 10.
The Spartans (5-3, 1-0 WAC) started the day with a 1-0 lead before play began. Due to illness and injury, The Pacific Tigers (4-8) had only five available players and had to forfeit a singles and double match.
In doubles San Jose State’s Erica Medlin/Sabastiani Leon Chao continued playing well, winning 8-4 over Iveta Masarova/Regina Suarez. Not only did that win seal the doubles point for the Spartans, it was also Medlin/Leon Chao fourth straight doubles match victory. The freshman duo of Isadora Busch/Jessica Willett fell to Julia Hansen/Summer Irvin, 8-2 in the other doubles match.
Heading into singles play, the Spartans only needed two matches to secure a victory and started off slow. Leon Chao dropped her match 6-2, 6-4 and Medlin played a tight match coming from behind multiple times against Hansen, but lost, 4-6, 6-4, (10-6). Junior Chau Truong got the Spartans a singles win defeating Gregana Boncheva in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. San Jose State still needed one more win and freshman Alexis Marquez delivered against Suarez, 6-4, 6-4, locking up the victory.
“We came out a little flat today,” head coach Sylvain Malroux said. “We didn’t play our best tennis today but we played good enough to win.”
Marquez was moved up to the No. 5 position and did not play a double match.
“It was a little bit of a challenge to get a rhythm without playing doubles,” the freshman commented. “I was glad I played consistent though and helped my team seal a win.”
“I was a good match up for her (Marquez),” Malroux added. “Pulling her up to the 5 (position) was hard but she stepped up.”
It was the Spartans fourth consecutive win this season, and the first time that they won four consecutive matches since 2008.
San Jose State will try for win number five as they take on Southern Utah University tomorrow, March 11. The match will begin at 11:00 a.m. from The Spartan Tennis Complex.
San Jose State Women’s Tennis
Spartan Tennis Complex
March 10, 2012 Final score - San Jose State 4, University of Pacific 3
Leon Chao/Medlin def. Masarova/Suarez 8-4
Hansen/Irvin (UOP) def. Willett/Busch (SJSU) 8-2
Marquez/Truong (SJSU) def. Forfeit (UOP)
Iveta Masarova (UOP) def. Sabastiani Leon Chao (SJSU) 6-2, 6-4
Julia Hansen (UOP) def. Erica Medlin (SJSU) 4-6, 6-4, (10-6)
Chau Truong (SJSU) def. Gregana Boncheva (UOP) 6-3, 6-2
Summer Irvin (UOP) def. Isadora Busch (SJSU) 6-2, 6-2
Alexis Marquez (SJSU) def. Regina Suarez (UOP) 6-4, 6-4
Jessica Willett (SJSU) def. Forfeit (UOP)