Women's Tennis falls to USC, 5-2
Feb. 16, 2018
SAN DIEGO -
The San Diego State women's tennis team started its day off strong claiming the doubles point but ultimately lost speed in singles against USC, falling 5-2. Today's loss is the third straight for the Aztecs.
The Aztecs got off to a successful start by claiming the doubles point, notching wins on courts two and three. USC's No. 26 duo Rianna Valdez and Angela Kulikov proved dominance on court one, defeating junior Jenny Moinard and sophomore Mia Smith, 6-2. On court three, junior Magda Aubets and freshman Nnena Nadozie never gave up a lead and topped Madison Westby and Constance Branstine, 6-4. In the final match, seniors Jana Buth and Paola Diaz maintained their advantage in a tight set against Gabby Smith and Becca Weissmann, ultimately claiming a 7-6 (4) win in the match.
Despite a solid doubles performance, the Aztecs slowly started losing steam in tough singles matchups. Freshman Abbie Mulbarger faced a challenge on court six against Constance Branstine, dropping a 6-2, 6-2 decision. The Trojans picked up another two match points on court three as Diaz dropped her decision 6-3, 6-4 to Valdez, while Aubets fell 6-2, 6-3 to Weissmann.
On court five, Nadozie dropped her first set but came from behind in set two to force a seven-point tiebreak in set two, but ultimately dropped her match 6-4, 7-6 (5) and USC clinched the day's dual.
SDSU got its first singles break of the day in the fourth seed as Jenny Moinard nabbed a three-set victory over No. 102 Madison Westby, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Despite Buth's hot start vs. No. 23 Smith, she ultimately dropped her second and third sets to go 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 in the match.
USC 5, San Diego State 2
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
Order of finish: 6, 3, 2, 5*, 4, 1