SAN JOSE, Calif. - San José State's women's tennis team closes out its three-match road trip against a trio of ranked opponents when it visits No. 19 Arizona State at 11:00 a.m. MT on Friday at the Whiteman Tennis Center.
The Spartans (8-5, 0-1 MW) set a new program high with a ranking of No. 53 in this week's edition of the ITA rankings. Last week, San José State fell at No. 42 Fresno State, 5-2, but won its first match of the season against a ranked opponent with a 4-3 win at No. 71 Pacific.
Doubles play has been the key to San José State's success over the last month, as the Spartans have won five of the last six doubles points en route to a 5-1 record over that span. For the season, only one of the Spartans' eight victories came after losing the doubles point.
The bottom of the single lineup has anchored San José State of late, with Abbie Pahz winning all five of her matches since moving to the No. 6 slot and Malin Cubukcu winning her last 11 consecutive matches.
Friday's match marks the end of a span over which San José State played 12 of its first 14 matches on the road. The Spartans will host their next four matches, as San Diego State, UNLV, Hawai'I and Academy of Art all visit Spartan Courts over the next few weeks.
#53 San José State (8-4, 0-0 MW) at #19 Arizona State (9-2, 1-0 Pac-12)
Friday, March 20, 11:00 a.m. MT
Whiteman Tennis Center
The Sun Devils have swept four matches in a row and six since Feb. 20 en route to a No. 19 national ranking this week. Junior Desirae Krawcyk is the 26th-ranked singles player in the country and teams with fellow junior Stephanie Vlad to comprise the 44th-best doubles tandem in the nation. Senior Joanna Smith and sophomore Kassidy Jump also grace the doubles rankings, checking in at No. 75.
Last season, the Spartans dropped a 6-1 decision to then-No. 24 Arizona State in Tempe, with Julianna Bacelar defeating Ebony Panoho for the Spartans' lone point.