Honolulu, Hawaii -- San Jose State women’s tennis won its 12th consecutive match Saturday, April 7, in a 5-2 come-from-behind victory over Utah State.
For the first time this season, the Spartans (13-3, 3-0 WAC) dropped the doubles point, but won the match.
San Jose State needed to win four out of six singles matches to secure the victory. With the Spartans ahead, 3-2, Sabastiani Leon Chao finished her straight-set triumph over Jaci West, 6-1, 6-2, to ensure the win. Leon Chao earned her team leading, 12th singles dual match win of the year and fifth in a row.
Also with their fifth consecutive win were two freshmen, Erica Medlin and Isadora Busch. Medlin defeated Kristina Voytsekhovich, 6-0, 6-2, from the No. 2 position, and Busch took down Monica Abella, 6-3, 6-1, in the No. 5 spot.
“I thought our singles team really performed today, and they needed to,” head coach Sylvain Malroux said. “For the first time in awhile, our doubles didn’t look good. That challenged our singles play which delivered.”
The other two singles wins came from freshmen Jessica Willett and Alexis Marquez. Willett beat Romina Nedakovic, in the only match that lasted three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Marquez handled Julie Tukuafu, 6-1, 6-4.
“After doubles, we all came out strong and pulled together to get this victory,” Medlin said following the win over Utah State (8-9, 1-3 WAC). “We made sure to come out aggressive and play as we always do in order to get the win.”
In doubles, San Jose State lost two out of three matches for the first time since playing Cal Poly on February 11. The lone win for the Spartans’ doubles came from Busch/Willett over Tukuafu/Rowland, 8-7.
The first-place Spartans return to action on April 8 in another WAC match against No. 53 Hawai’i (10-6, 1-1 WAC). That game is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Hawaiian time. It will be the final game in a stretch of 11 straight at home for the Rainbow Wahine.
SJSU 5, USU 2
April 7, 2012 at Honolulu, Hawaii (UH Tennis Complex)
Jaci West/ McKenzie Davis (USU) def. Sabastiani Leon Chao/Erica Medlin (SJSU): 8-3
Kristina Voytsekhovich/Romina Nedakovic (USU) def. Chau Truong/Alexis Marquez (SJSU): 8-2
Isadora Busch/Jessica Willett (SJSU) def. Julie Tukuafu/Brianna Rowland (Harris) (USU): 8-7
McKenzie Davis (USU) def. Chau Truong (SJSU): 6-3, 6-4
Sabastiani Leon Chao (SJSU) def. Jaci West (USU): 6-1, 6-2
Erica Medlin (SJSU) def. Kristina Voytsekhovich (USU): 6-0, 6-2
Jessica Willett (SJSU) def. Romina Nedakovic (USU): 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Isadora Busch (SJSU) def. Monica Abella (USU): 6-3, 6-1
Alexis Marquez (SJSU) def. Julie Tukuafu (USU): 6-1, 6-4
San Jose State (13-3, 3-0 WAC)
Utah State (8-9, 1-3 WAC)