No. 60 San Jose State Faces Pair Of Tough Road Tests This Weekend

Sybille Gauvain has won her last four matches atop the Spartans' singles lineup.
March 12, 2015



SAN JOSE, Calif. - The No. 60 San José State women's tennis team opens Mountain West play this weekend when it visits No. 42 Fresno State on Friday, then travels to Stockton for a nonconference showdown with No. 71 Pacific on Saturday.

The weekend doubleheader will make it three matches in six days for San José State (7-4, 0-0 MW), which blanked Southern Utah at home on Tuesday.

The Spartans were tabbed No. 60 in the country in the March 10 edition of the ITA poll, the highest national ranking in the history of the program.

Five of San José State's six regular singles players feature winning streaks of at least two matches. Malin Cubukcu leads the way with nine consecutive victories at the No. 6 and No. 5 spots, while Sybille Gauvain has won four in a row atop the Spartans' lineup.

With her pair of wins on Tuesday, senior Julianna Bacelar is now eight wins shy of second place on the all-time wins list and 12 wins away from becoming the winningest player in San José State history.

#60 San José State (7-4, 0-0 MW) at #42 Fresno State (10-3, 1-0 MW)

Friday, March 13, 12:00 p.m. PT

Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center

Fresno, Calif.

Like the Spartans, the Bulldogs carry a four-match win streak into the weekend after knocking off Boise State, No. 44 Colorado, No. 73 Santa Barbara and Sacramento State. Sophie Watts and Maiar Sherif Ahmed both carry perfect 8-0 singles records in the spring, with Watts playing primarily at the top of the lineup and Ahmed at No. 2. In doubles play, Maiar Sherif Ahmed and her older sister, Rana, have won all nine matches as a tandem, with eight of them coming at the top spot in the lineup.

Last season, the Bulldogs triumphed 5-2 over the Spartans in San Jose.

#60 San José State (7-4, 0-0 MW) at #71 Pacific (7-4, 1-0 WCC)

Saturday, March 14, 1:00 p.m. PT

Hal Nelson Tennis Courts

Stockton, Calif.

The Tigers enter the weekend having won four of their last six and are in the midst of a five-match home stand. Pacific has played a trio of Mountain West opponents so far this season, beating UNLV and Nevada but falling to Fresno State.

San José State won a 5-2 decision against the Tigers at Spartan Courts last season.