Six In A Row For Tennis

Santa Clara, Calif. -- The San Jose State women’s tennis team won their sixth straight match on Friday, March 11, 2012, defeating the Academy of Art, 7-0. It is the first time since the 1986 season that a Spartan women’s tennis team has won six in a row. The 1986 team went on to win seven straight matches before their streak was halted.

With rain in the forecast, San Jose State (7-3) began with singles play. Leading from the No. 1 position, Sabastiani Leon Chao beat Kunkanda Phukchampa in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. Four other Spartans singles players took down their opponent in straight set victories. Junior Chau Truong, who won her sixth consecutive dual singles contest, jumped up to the No. 2 spot for the match outplaying Amal Ben El Hadj 6-2, 6-1.

 “They were great today, that is all I can say,” head coach Sylvain Malroux commented following the match. “The team didn’t let the weather dictate their intensity and drive for a win.” 

Malroux went on to add, “It was nice to get a match in, we needed it, we didn’t want to go to Las Vegas without playing the week before.”

The doubles pairings were undefeated as well. Leon Chao/Erica Medlin won their sixth dual doubles contest in a row over Kunkanda/Ben El Hadj, 8-1. Truong/Alexis Marquez took down Diane Phan/Daniela Amelunge Antelo, 8-4. The third doubles match between Isadora Busch/Jessica Willett and Jenny Johansson/Paola Correa Fe, was called midway through due to rain, the score at the time was, 6-5 in favor of SJSU.

San Jose State now has a six match winning streak. They will look to take it to a San Jose State record tying seven this Friday, March 23, against Drake.

Malroux ended by saying, “I am proud of these girls already and to have a streak like this is so great for our program.”

The match is scheduled for a 12:00 p.m. in Las Vegas.


San Jose State Women's Tennis vs.
Academy of Art (Mar 16, 2012)

San Jose State 7, Academy of Art 0
Mar 16, 2012 at

Singles competition

1. Leon Chao, Sabastiani (SJSU) def. Phukchampa, Kunkanda (AOA)   6-1, 6-3

2. Truong, Chau (SJSU) def. Ben El Hadj, Amal (AOA) 6-2, 6-1

3. Medlin, Erica (SJSU) def. Phan, Diane (AOA) 6-2, 6-2

4. Busch, Isadora (SJSU) def. Amelunge Antelo, Dan (AOA) 6-3, 6-3

5. Marquez, Alexis (SJSU) def. Johansson, Jenny (AOA) 6-4, 4-6, 10-3

6. Willett, Jessica (SJSU) def. Tenorio, Maria (AOA) 6-1, 6-1 

Doubles competition

1. Leon Chao, Sabastiani /Medlin, Erica (SJSU) def. Phukchampa, Kunkanda/Ben El Hadj, Amal (AOA) 8-1

2. Truong, Chau/Marquez, Alexis (SJSU) def. Phan, Diane/Amelunge Antelo, Dan (AOA) 8-4

3. Busch, Isadora/Willett, Jessica (SJSU) vs. Johansson, Jenny/Correa Fe, Paola (AOA) 6-5, unfinished

Match Notes

Academy of Art 8-6

San Jose State 7-3