Spartans Vs. UC Irvine In NCAA Tourney 1st Round

Indianapolis, Ind.----- For its first appearance in a NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Tournament, San Jose State University takes on UC Irvine for the second time this season, May 11, in the four-team regional at Marks Stadium on the University of Southern California campus.

            Match time will be 9:00 a.m. (PDT). Host Southern California takes on Sacramento State in second half of the doubleheader.

            “Looking at the (NCAA) website (for the selection show), it was exciting to San Jose State’s name. We didn’t know what to expect,” said San Jose State head coach Sylvain Malroux. “Being seeded #3 and facing a team we played in the first match of the season and being so close (to them) is very exciting for us.

            “It’s going to be a very competitive match.”

            The Spartans (19-5), the 2013 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) champion and ranked 66th nationally, opened the season on February 20 with a 4-3 loss at UC Irvine (22-4), the Big West Conference regular season champion. San Jose State won the doubles point and got singles victories from Julianna Bacelar and Jessica Willett at #5 and #6, respectively.

            UC Irvine, #31-nationally as a team, won the contest by taking each of the top four singles matches. Kristina Smith, ranked #88 nationally in the April 23 Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, and Franziska Goettsching, won three-set matches over WAC Player of the Year Klaudia Boczova and Chau Truong, respectively. Boczova, 16-3 in singles, is ranked #53 in the ITA singles rankings.

            The Spartans played the February 20 match without junior Sabastiani Leon Chao, a second-team All-WAC selection. Leon Chao finished the season playing #2-singles and #1-doubles with sophomore Erica Medlin.

            “UC Irvine is a very good team that fights really well. They have great depth and are well-coached. We have a lot of respect for their team,” added the San Jose State coach.

            “We’ve improved tremendously (since the start of the season). We figured out our doubles teams. Our team (as a whole) believes anything is possible to achieve,” Malroux said about his Spartans.

            May 11 winners will face each other Sunday, May 12, for trip to a NCAA Championships, May 17-21, at the University of Illinois.

            Sixty-four teams are competing for the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship.