The San Jose State women’s tennis team will play in their final regular season match of the year, Friday, April 20, as they take on the University of Idaho.
San Jose State record: 13-5, 3-1 WAC. The Spartans had their program record 12 match winning streak broken by No. 55 Hawai’i, April 8. San Jose State was downed by UC Davis, 6-1, in their last match, April 15. San Jose State enters the week sitting in second place in the WAC standings, behind Idaho, with a 3-1 conference record.
University Of Idaho Record: 16-6, 1-1 WAC, before their April 19 match against USF. The Vandals start the week after winning their first conference match, April 13, against Nevada, 4-3. The Vandals have four players with more than 13 singles dual match wins this season. Leading the team in the sophomore No. 1 player Victoria Lozano who is 15-5 in siglnes play this year. Lozano also adds 14 dual doubles wins which is one shy of the team lead heald by Sophie Vickers.
SJSU Idaho Matchup: The last meeting between the schools was a Vandal victory, 6-1, on April 16, 2011. The Vandals have won the last six meetings. San Jose State’s has yet to defeat Idaho since the Vandals joined the WAC.
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 12 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 12-3 in doubles, going 27-14 during that time. Between February 17 and April 4, an 11 match span, San Jose State won every doubles point.
A Spartan win would give the team its most victories since the 1992 season, and highest winning percentage since 1986.
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 the Spartan Tennis Complex Friday, April 20, starting at 11:00 a.m.