Alesya Vidov and the Aztecs travel to Long Beach State Thursday and host Oregon on Sunday.
Jan. 31, 2006
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San Diego State Travels to Long Beach State Thursday; Hosts Oregon Sunday Afternoon
After winning its 11th consecutive season-opening match with its victory over UC Riverside and then defeating CS Fullerton in the back half of a doubleheader this past Sunday, No. 46 San Diego State (2-0) will travel to Long Beach State (0-2) Thursday, while playing host to Oregon (3-0) Sunday at Aztec Tennis Center.
SDSU will be looking for its first 3-0 start since the 2004 season when it plays the 49ers. The last time an Aztec team started out 4-0 was back in 1999. That team went on to post five straight wins to open the season and eventually earned an NCAA Tournament berth.
When the Aztecs take the court against Long Beach State, they will be looking to win their seventh consecutive against members of the Big West Conference.
Big West Domination
Before moving into the Western Athletic Conference and now the Mountain West Conference, San Diego State was once a member of the Big West Conference. During the its time in the Big West, the Aztecs finished first at the conference tournament all three times (`88, `89, `90) and finished in the top 20 nationally each season. Even though SDSU has been out of the Big West for some time, it continues to have success against current members of the league posting a 116-7 record. San Diego State's last loss against a BWC member came on Feb. 28, 2004, when it dropped a 5-2 decision to UC Irvine.
Scouting the 49ers
Long Beach State, ranked 57th in the latest ITA poll, comes into the San Diego State match having lost its first two matches of the year at fifth-ranked Southern California, 6-1, and at No. 28 Pepperdine by the same 6-1 margin. Thursday's match will be LBSU's first home contest of the year.
The 49ers, the 2005 Big West champs, are led by junior Sandra Rocha (2005 honorable mention singles, first-team doubles), junior Rachael Porsz (honorable mention doubles) and sophomore Stephanie Bengson (2005 BWC Freshman of the Year, first-team singles). Long Beach State is coached by 2005 Big West Coach of the Year Jenny Hilt-Costello.
Series History vs. Long Beach State
San Diego State enters the mid-week matchup with Long Beach State having never lost in 27 meetings. The 27-0 mark is the best against any opponent in SDSU history and is the second-most wins against any opponent (SDSU has 28 wins over UC Irvine).
Last year, in San Diego, the Aztecs won the doubles point after sweeping all three matches and won at Nos. 2-5 in singles play to seal the 5-2 victory. That afternoon, then-senior Indra Erichsen ended her SDSU career in grand fashion, winning at No. 1 doubles and No. 4 singles in her final home match. She was later named MWC player of the week for her efforts.
Scouting the Ducks
Oregon, ranked 27th nationally, is off to a 3-0 start after convincing wins over Portland (7-0) and Santa Clara (6-1) and a narrow 4-3 victory over Boise State this past weekend.
Leading the way for the Ducks is junior Dominika Dieskova, who is ranked No. 26 in the ITA singles poll and No. 49 with freshman Ana Cecilia Olivos in the doubles rankings. Also returning from a team that defeated the Aztecs 4-3 in Eugene last year are seniors Anna Leksinska and Jamie Marshall.
Before coming to Montezuma Mesa, the Ducks will face No. 68 UC Irvine on Saturday, Feb. 4.
Series History vs. Oregon
Oregon is one of only two Pac-10 Conference schools the Aztecs have a winning record against. SDSU leads the series with the Ducks 6-3 and owns a 12-5 record versus Arizona. The Aztecs will be looking to snap a two-match losing streak to Oregon with its last win in the series coming in 2003 (W, 4-3). In four of the last five meetings, the winner has won by a score of 4-3. The only exception was when San Diego State posted a 5-2 win during the 2002 season.
This past Sunday, the Aztecs opened the 2006 campaign will a pair of convincing wins over UC Riverside (7-0) and CS Fullerton (6-1). Overall, SDSU won five of six doubles matches and 11 of 12 singles matches.
Sunday marked the debut for freshmen Esther Cadua and Milana Yusupov and they did not disappoint. Both won their respective singles matches in straight sets. Cadua posted wins at No. 6, while Yusupov won at Nos. 4 and 5. In doubles, Cadua was victorious twice with Alesya Vidov, while Yusupov won at No. 2 with Eliska Krausova during the CS Fullerton match.