The San Jose State women’s tennis team will play four matches in four days, seeking to tie the program record seven wins in a row, at the Las Vegas Invitational. The Spartans will play Drake, University of North Dakota, and Idaho State University, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 23-25, before returning home on Monday, March 26, to take on Eastern Washington.
For the first time since the 1986 season the San Jose State women’s tennis team will try to win their seventh consecutive match, a record that stands as the longest in program history.
San Jose State record: 7-3, 1-0 WAC. The Spartans are on a six-match winning streak after beating Academy of Art, 7-0. San Jose State is 3-1 this season on the road. The Spartans have competed in the Las Vegas Invitational in each of the last three seasons, with a record of 5-3, including a three game sweep in 2010.
Drake record: 13-3. The Bulldogs have won three straight contests. Their last win came in the first match of the Las Vegas Invitational, 5-2 over Seattle, on Wednesday, March 21. Drake had a ten match winning streak snapped by Kansas, 6-1, on February 25. Competing from the No. 2 position, junior Manca Krizman, a native of Solkan, Slovenia, is a perfect 13-0 this season in singles dual match play. She also adds on a doubles record of 13-2, which leads the team.
University of North Dakota record: 2-12, before their March 22 match against Seattle, and March 23 contest against Idaho State. The Fighting Sioux come into this week’s play with a seven match losing streak. North Dakota will play all but three of their matches this year on the road. The Spartans and the Fighting Sioux squared off at last years Las Vegas Invitational with North Dakota winning, 5-2.
Idaho State University record: 2-6, 1-4 Big Sky, before their March 23 double header against Seattle and North Dakota, and March 24 contest against Drake. Senior Laura Porras, who has a 4-3 dual singles match record, leads the Bengals.
Eastern Washington University record: 3-9, before their March 24 match at Sacramento State. The Eagles will be playing in their eighth straight road match when they come to San Jose on, March 26. The last meeting between the two teams was on March 20, 2010, in San Jose. The eagles edged the Spartans, 4-3.
Winning Streaks: The Spartans are on a current six-match winning streak. Their last six-match run was in the 1986 season, en route to a record seven matches in a row, and a 19-6 overall finish, also a program best. Junior Chau Truong is on a streak of her own, winning six consecutive singles dual matches. The pairing of Sabastiani Leon Chao and Erica Medlin won their last six doubles dual matches.
Team Leaders: Truong and Leon Chao lead the Spartans with seven singles dual match victories this year. Freshmen Erica Medlin and Isadora Busch have contributed six singles victories.
Change It Up: San Jose State’s first-year head coach Sylvain Malroux changed his doubles pairings three times in the first four matches. Since then the Spartans have won the singles point in every match.
Doubles Wins: San Jose State is a perfect 7-0 this season when taking the dual doubles point in a match.
Play begins this Friday, March 23, at 12:00 p.m. against Drake. Saturday and Sunday’s matches will both start at 10:00 a.m. All Las Vegas Invitational matches will be played at the Bally’s tennis complex.
On Monday, March 26, the Spartans will host Eastern Washington at the Spartan Tennis Complex starting at 2:00 p.m.