Spartans Drop Two In Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- San Jose State came up just short in a pair of 4-3 losses to Seattle University and Southern Utah University on March 27 at the Las Vegas Challenge Tournament.

The losses dip the Spartans below the .500 mark for the first time this season at 5-7.

Sandra Florea led San Jose State by allowing only one set point throughout both matches at No. 6 singles. Florea swept Seattle's Corinne Wurden 6-0, 6-0 and beat Afton Staheli of Southern Utah 6-1, 6-0.

Florea also won both of her doubles matches today with partner Sabastiani Leon Chao.

Together they beat Seattle's Wurden and Katrina Schwab 8-4 and Southern Utah's Olia Tatarchenko and Ksusha Nazarova 9-8 (2).

Leon Chao along with Chau Truong also had wins in singles for the Spartans.

Leon Chao defeated Ksusha Nazarova of Southern Utah 6-2, 6-2 while Truong's win came against Seattle's Gabriella Weissmann 6-1, 6-3.

"Both of our matches today were very close, and our team fought hard until the last point," said San Jose State's head coach Anh-Dao Nguyen-Church. "The ball just didn't roll our way in either of them."

Anna Guzman entered the day with an undefeated record at 8-0 in 2011, but was forced to retire in her first match against Seattle's Sarah Lucas because of sickness. Guzman was able to return for the second match, but was defeated 6-2, 6-2 by the Thunderbirds' Danica Ingwaldson.

The doubleheader concluded action for San Jose State at the Las Vegas Challenge where they finished 0-3. The Spartans remain on the road and will head to Boise, Idaho to face Montana State on April 1 and Boise State on April 2.

Seattle University 4     San Jose State 3
Ariel Ohno (SU) def. Olivia Marshall (SJSU) 6-3, 6-2
Katrina Schwab (SU) def. Sabastiani Leon Chao (SJSU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
Chau Truong (SJSU) def. Gabriella Weissmann (SU) 6-1, 6-3
Anna Lambert (SU) def. Emily Prescott (SJSU) 6-0, 6-0
Sarah Lucas (SU) def. Anna Guzman (SJSU) 6-1, 3-2 (ret.)
Sandra Florea (SJSU) def. Corinne Wurden (SU) 6-0, 6-0

Leon Chao/Florea (SJSU) def. Wurden/Schwab (SU) 8-4
Weissmann/Lucas (SU) def. Marshall/Prescott (SJSU) 8-4
Guzman/Truong (SJSU) def. Ohno/Lambert (SU) 9-8 (2)

Southern Utah 4     San Jose State 3

Sabastiani Leon Chao (SJSU) def. Ksusha Nazarova (SUU) 6-2, 6-2
Alex Ivanova (SUU) def. Olivia Marshall (SJSU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
Olia Tatarchenko (SUU) def. Chau Truong (SJSU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
Kirrily Burden (SUU) def. Emily Prescott (SJSU) 6-2, 6-4
Danica Ingwaldson (SUU) def. Anna Guzman (SJSU) 6-3, 6-3
Sandra Florea (SJSU) def. Afton Staheli (SUU) 6-1, 6-0

Leon Chao/Florea (SJSU) def. Nazarova/Tatarchenko (SUU) 9-8 (2)
Ivanova/Burden (SUU) def. Marshall/Prescott (SJSU) 8-5
Truong/Guzman (SJSU) def. Ingwaldson/Staheli (SJSU) 8-4