Fifth Seeded Tennis Heads To WAC Championship

The San Jose State women’s tennis team seek their first WAC Championship this weekend in Las Cruses, N.M. The fifth seeded Spartans will take on host New Mexico State in the first round, Thursday, April 26, 12:00 p.m. (MT).

San Jose State record: 13-6, 3-2 WAC. The Spartans have lost three straight matches, including two conference contests to, Hawaii and Idaho. The three match skid follows the program best 12 match winning streak. San Jose State was victorious a year ago in the first round of the WAC Championships, defeating Utah State, 4-3, before falling to Boise State in the second round.

New Mexico State record: 11-7, 1-2 WAC. The Aggies are coming off of back-to-back wins over Western New Mexico, 7-0, and New Mexico, 5-2, last week. After losing three of their first four matches, New Mexico State has gone 10-4, with a win over No. 74, Florida International, on February 10.

Spartan Aggie Matchup: The last meeting between the schools was a Spartan victory, 4-3, on April 4, 2012. Prior to that match the last two times the programs met were both in neutral sites, with the Aggies taking both contests. The only time the two schools came together in the WAC Championship tournament was an Aggies 4-0 win, April 20, 2006, in Boise Idaho.

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, Medlin, and Isadora Busch are tied for the Spartans team lead, with 12 singles dual match victories. 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 12-4 in doubles, going 28-16 during that time. Between February 17 and April 4, an 11 match span, San Jose State won every doubles point. 

The tournament is set to begin Thursday in Las Cruces, N.M. at the Linda Estes Tennis Complex. The Spartans and Aggies will begin at 12:00 p.m. (MT).