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SDSU Women's Tennis Defeated by Long Beach State, 5-2

Aztec junior Eliska Krausova (above) teamed with Alesya Vidov to record an upset at No. 1 doubles against Long Beach State on Friday.
Aztec junior Eliska Krausova (above) teamed with Alesya Vidov to record an upset at No. 1 doubles against Long Beach State on Friday.

Feb. 16, 2007

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's tennis team posted an upset in doubles competition to go along with a victory in singles play, but it wasn't enough as the 49th-ranked Aztecs fell to No. 27 Long Beach State on Friday, 5-2, at Aztec Tennis Center. With the defeat, SDSU (3-6) lost for the fifth time in a row, while the 49ers (4-1) extended their winning streak to four matches.

The Aztecs started things off on a high note, capturing the doubles point for the first time in five outings with a pair of impressive victories at the top two positions. Long Beach State appeared to have the upper hand after the team of Sandra Rocha and Emmanuelle Tabatruong recorded an 8-5 triumph over SDSU's Kathryn Kitts and Esther Cadua in the No. 3 spot. However, the Aztecs managed to tie the score shortly thereafter when the duo of Eliska Krausova and Alesya Vidov registered an 8-5 upset over the 48th-ranked tandem of Hannah Grady and Jessica Weeks on the No. 1 court. The pairing of Holly Bagshaw and Sisse Nielsen then secured the point for the Scarlet and Black in the No. 2 slot after outlasting the 49ers' Stephanie Bengson and Katy Williams in a 9-8(5) thriller.

San Diego State was unable to capitalize on its 1-0 advantage, however, as Long Beach State turned the tables in singles action, taking five of six matches. The Aztec lead quickly evaporated after Vidov suffered a 6-2, 6-0 drubbing at the hands off Bengson in the third position, while Bagshaw experienced a similar fate in the No. 1 spot, losing to Grady, 6-2, 6-3. Over on the No. 2 court, Krausova was poised to pull even in her match with Williams after dropping the first set 6-2. However, the SDSU junior was unable to preserve a 4-3 lead as her 49er adversary rallied to take the second set, 6-4.

Long Beach State clinched the match when Rocha upended Ozge Atalay, 6-3, 6-4, in the sixth slot. The visitors then tacked on an additional point after Nielsen fell to Tabatruong in a tough three-set battle, 6-1, 2-6, 10-5. The Aztecs avoided a singles sweep as Cadua fought off a stiff challenge from Weeks at the No. 4 position, prevailing, 6-3, 6-4, to account for the final outcome.

San Diego State will have the next eight days off before playing host to No. 69 Rice on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Aztec Tennis Center. First serve is scheduled for noon PST.

Feb. 16, 2007
Aztec Tennis Center--San Diego, Calif.

1. Alesya Vidov/Eliska Krausova (SDSU) def. No. 48 Hannah Grady/Jessica Weeks (LBSU), 8-5.
2. Holly Bagshaw/Sisse Nielsen (SDSU) def. Stephanie Bengson/Katy Williams (LBSU), 9-8(5).
3. Sandra Rocha/Emmanuelle Tabatruong (LBSU) def. Kathryn Kitts/Esther Cadua (SDSU), 8-3.
SDSU wins doubles point

1. Hannah Grady (LBSU) def. No. 51 Holly Bagshaw (SDSU), 6-2, 6-3.
2. Katy Williams (LBSU) def. No. 69 Eliska Krausova (SDSU), 6-2, 6-4.
3. Stephanie Bengson (LBSU) def. Alesya Vidov (SDSU), 6-2, 6-0.
4. Esther Cadua (SDSU) def. Jessica Weeks (LBSU), 6-3, 6-4.
5. Emmanuelle Tabatruong (LBSU) def. Sisse Nielsen (SDSU), 6-1, 2-6, 10-5^.
6. Sandra Rocha (LBSU) def. Ozge Atalay (SDSU), 6-3, 6-4.

Order of finish
Doubles: 3, 1, 2
Singles: 3, 1, 2, 6*, 5, 4
*match-clinching victory
^super tie-breaker