The San Jose State women’s tennis team will play in their final regular season road match of the year, Sunday, April 15, as they take on the UC Davis Aggies.
San Jose State record: 13-4, 3-1 WAC. The Spartans had their program record 12 match winning streak broken by No. 55 Hawai’i in their last match, April 8. San Jose State enters the week sitting atop the WAC standings with a 3-1 conference record.
UC Davis Record: 7-10, 3-2 BIG WEST, before their April 14 match against No. 66 UC Irvine. The Aggies start the week after dropping a match against Nevada, 5-2, on April 6. Sophomore Kelly Chui is leading the team with ten dual singles match victories, playing from the No. 3 position. Chui has also been the best doubles player for the Aggies, accumulating 7 dual doubles wins this season, which is half of the overall doubles victories. The Aggies began the 2012 campaign at No. 59 in the ITA rankings, since then they have gone 1-3 against ranked opponents and have dropped out of the top 75. Their one ranked victory was a 4-3 win on February 12 against then No. 46 Cal Poly.
SJSU UC Davis Matchup: The last meeting between the schools was a Aggie victory, 5-1, on March 5, 2011. The Aggies have won the last five meetings. San Jose State’s last win in the series came in the 2006 season, a 4-3 triumph, in Davis.
Winning Streaks: The Spartans amassed a program record 12-match win streak that was ended by Hawai’i on April 8. During the run the pair of Sabastiani Leon Chao and Erica Medlin won 11 straight dual doubles matches. Junior Chau Truong had a streak of her own, winning 10 consecutive singles dual matches. Freshman Alexis Marquez won eight dual singles matches, while fellow freshman, Jessica Willett won six straight.
Team Leaders: Leon Chao leads the Spartans with 12 singles dual match victories followed closely by Medlin, Truong, and Isadora Busch, who each have 11. Leon Chao and Medlin have teamed up for 11 dual doubles match victories this season.
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 gone 11-2 in doubles, going 26-12 during that time. Between February 17 and April 4, an 11 match span, San Jose State won every doubles point.
For the first time since the 2008 season the Spartans have secured a winning regular season record. San Jose State is 12-1 this season when taking the dual doubles point in a match.
Play begins from UC Davis on Sunday, April 15, starting at 2:00 p.m.