SDSU Women's Tennis Set to Open 2008 Dual-Match Season With Doubleheader on Saturday
Jan. 23, 2008
SAN DIEGO -
AZTECS SET TO OPEN DUAL-MATCH SEASON
This weekend's matches will mark the fourth straight year in which the Aztecs have opened their season with a twin bill featuring the same two Big West Conference opponents.
SDSU will be looking to extend its streak of 12 straight season-opening victories. The Aztecs were last defeated in an opening dual match on Jan. 23, 1996, when they dropped an 8-1 decision at Pepperdine, which was also the last time San Diego State began a season on the road.
SCOUTIING THE HIGHLANDERS
Also in the mix is the Highlanders' lone senior H.R. Espiritu, who recorded seven victories last year and a team-best nine wins in dual-match competition in 2006. Espiritu garnered second-team all-Big West honors in doubles following her freshman campaign in 2005.
Mark Henry enters his 13th season as the head coach of the Highlander women's tennis program.
SERIES HISTORY VS. UC RIVERSIDE
Three years ago, the Aztecs yielded the doubles point, but took five of six contests in singles competition to claim a 5-2 win at the Barnes Tennis Center.
SCOUTING THE TITANS
Individually, Fullerton is led by sophomore Brandy Andrews, who posted a team-leading five singles victories during the fall season. Freshmen Karina Akhmedova and Erin Wiesener also added three wins apiece.
Saturday's contest with SDSU will be the Titans' third dual match of the season. Most recently, Fullerton dropped a 7-0 decision to the University of San Diego (Jan. 19). During the fall season, the Titans squared off with NAIA-member Point Loma Nazerene and came out on top 5-2.
SERIES HISTORY VS. CAL STATE FULLERTON
The Titans are one of five teams from the Big West Conference that the Aztecs have an undefeated record against. SDSU has taken all 21 meetings between the two southern California schools. The 21 wins represents the highest total versus an opponent the Aztecs have not lost to and fourth-most against Big West competition.
AZTECS IN THE POLLS
Individually, freshman Julia Trunk was ranked among the top 100 singles players in the nation, as she came in at No. 61.
Lindsey Gamp begins her third season as the Aztecs' assistant coach. A four-year letterwinner at SDSU (2000-03), Gamp played on three NCAA tournament teams and guided the Aztecs to a pair of Mountain West Conference regular season titles and a MWC championship crown in 2003.
Larry Willens enters his 10th season as a volunteer assistant coach for SDSU. He assists the Aztecs with team practices, one-on-one drills, on-court coaching at matches and tournament seeding at the various fall tournaments that SDSU plays host to.
Junior Holly Bagshaw captured the Flight 1 singles title at the second SDSU Fall Classic and freshman Olivia Colman went 3-0 at the same tournament to win Flight 4. Both Trunk and Colman concluded the fall with a team-high nine victories.
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