The San Jose State women’s tennis team takes its program-best, 10-match win streak back into conference play. The Spartans will play New Mexico State, Wednesday, April 4, before heading to Hawai’i to take on Utah State, Saturday, April 7, and the Rainbow Wahine, Sunday, April 8.
San Jose State record: 11-3, 1-0 WAC. The Spartans are on a 10-match winning streak after a three-match sweep in the Las Vegas Invitational, and a victory over the Eastern Washington Eagles at home. San Jose State is 3-1 on the road and 3-0 when playing at a neutral site.
New Mexico State record: 9-5, 1-1 WAC. The Aggies have won their last two contests. Their most recent win came against Abilene Christian, on Friday, March 30. After losing three of their first four matches, New Mexico State has gone 8-2, with a win over No. 74, Florida International, on February 10. The match against San Jose State will be the final of three matches the Aggies have schedule against WAC opponents during the regular season. The last two times the programs have met were both in neutral sites. The most recent, in the 2010 season, the Aggies won 5-2, in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
Utah State record: 8-6, 2-0 WAC to date. This week, the Aggies travel to Hawai’i for three dual matches. The Aggies face Hawai’i-Pacific on Thursday, April 5, Hawai’i on Friday, April 6, and San Jose State on Saturday, April 7. Utah State enters the week winners of the last three contests. Freshman McKenzie Davis won the WAC Player of The Week honor for matches completed before March 26. Davis also leads the team with a 12-2 singles dual match record. The last meeting between San Jose State and Utah State came in the WAC Championships a year ago, the Spartans edged the Aggies, 4-3, on April 28, 2011.
University of Hawai’i record: 9-7, 0-1 WAC, before their April 6 match against Utah State. The Rainbow Wahine currently has an ITA ranking of No. 53. Playing from the No. 3 position, freshman Jamie Pawid has a 10-6 singles dual match record, which leads the team. The match against San Jose State will be the final of eleven straight played at home for Hawaii.
Winning Streaks: The Spartans are on a program record 10-match win streak. The pair of Sabastiani Leon Chao and Erica Medlin won their last 10 doubles dual matches. Freshman Alexis Marquez has won her last eight dual singles matches, while fellow freshman, Jessica Willett has won six straight.
Truong On A Tear: Junior Chau Truong is on a streak of her own, winning 10 consecutive singles dual matches, bringing her singles season total to 11-3, which leads the team. Truong also has won the last six doubles dual matches with partner Marquez.
Team Leaders: Truong and Leon Chao lead the Spartans with 11 and 10 singles dual match victories respectively. Freshmen Erica Medlin and Isadora Busch have contributed nine 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, going 23-6 during that time.
For the first time since the 2008 season the Spartans have secured a winning regular season record. San Jose State is a perfect 10-0 this season when taking the dual doubles point in a match.
Play begins this Wednesday, April 4, at 2:00 p.m., from The Spartan Tennis Complex against New Mexico State. Saturday’s match will start at 11:00 a.m., with Sunday’s meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Hawaiian Statndard Time.