Aztecs Take Winning Streak to No. 7 California
Jan. 31, 2012
SAN DIEGO - The 53rd-ranked San Diego State women's tennis team will put its two-match winning streak on the line Wednesday afternoon when it faces No. 7 California in Berkeley. The non-conference tilt is set for a 1:30 p.m. PT start.
The Aztecs are coming off a week where they lost a narrow 4-3 battle at No. 26 Pepperdine, but rebounded with a pair of convincing 7-0 victories over UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton.
Julia Wais has yet to suffer defeat while playing at the top of the singles ladder and at the No. 2 position in doubles with partner Alicia Aguilar. At Pepperdine, the junior upset No. 72 Alejandra Granillo after cruising to a 6-3, 6-2 win and then continued her solid play by dismissing her next two opponents from UCR and CSUF in straight sets.
The rest of the singles and doubles lineups for the Aztecs have also been productive as everyone has a .500 or better record through three matches. Laura Antonana Iriarte and Kristin Buth have unblemished singles records, while Antonana Iriarte and Emma Cioffi are spotless in three doubles outings. SDSU's top doubles tandem of Roxanne Ellison and Sierra Ellison head to Berkeley having won their last two matches.
The Golden Bears, meanwhile, are 3-0 after winning at Santa Clara and defeating UNLV and Washington at home last week. California boasts six players who own singles rankings in Jana Juricova (No. 5), Zsofi Susanyi (No. 21), Tayler Davis (No. 32), Cecilia Estlander (No. 64), Anett Schutting (No. 74) and Annie Goransson (No. 81).
San Diego State is looking to avenge last season's 6-1 loss at the hands of the Golden Bears in a match contested at Aztec Tennis Center. SDSU dropped the doubles point after claiming victory at No. 3 and managed to win just one match in singles. The victory in singles, however, allowed the Aztecs to cut their deficit to 2-1, but the Bears earned decisions at the other four positions to provide the final margin.
After its quick trip north, SDSU will have the next nine days off before taking on Arizona in Tucson on Feb. 11.