Feb. 7, 2006
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Aztec Tennis Plays Host to Loyola Marymount Wednesday; Travels to California Friday
San Diego State (2-1) looks to get back into the win column this week when it plays host to Loyola Marymount Wednesday afternoon at Aztec Tennis Center and then travels north to Berkeley to face sixth-ranked California Friday.
The No. 52 Aztecs are coming off a week that saw them drop a 5-2 decision at 57th-ranked Long Beach State Thursday afternoon and had their match against Oregon rescheduled for March 6 at 1 p.m. due to unforseen flight problems experienced by the Ducks.
Following this week's matches, San Diego State will return home to host Southern California for a Valentine's Day meeting on Tuesday at Aztec Tennis Center. The match is slated to begin at 2 p.m.
Aztecs At Home
Since Aztec Tennis Center (ATC) opened last season, San Diego State has recorded a 9-3 record at home. Its three defeats came against teams ranked inside the top 42 nationally, meaning the Aztec are undefeated (3-0) at ATC against unranked opponents.
Freshman Esther Cadua is the only undefeated Aztec after three matches and has breezed through most of her matches. In her first collegiate match, the San Diego native posted a 6-2, 6-0 win over UC Riverside's Bethany Brendon and later in the day downed Shelly Injejikian of CS Fullerton, 6-2, 6-2. In her most recent match at Long Beach State, she struggled in the first set, losing to Emmanuelle Tabatruong, 6-4, but came back and settled in by putting forth a 6-2, 6-0 effort in the final two sets to post the victory.
Scouting the Lions
Loyola Marymount enters Wednesday's match having played only one dual match this season, a 7-0 defeat to then-No. 12 UCLA on Jan. 19. Despite only playing one dual, the Lions have been active as they took part in the Cal State L.A. Intercollegiate this past weekend. LMU is led by Robyn Baker and Pavla Mesterova who made it through the singles draw in Los Angeles and will face each other in the final at a time to be determined.
Series History vs. Loyola Marymount
San Diego State is 13-1 all-time versus Loyola Marymount and is looking to win its second straight over the West Coast Conference school. The Aztecs only loss to the Lions came in 2004 when LMU claimed a narrow 4-3 win. Last year, SDSU swept doubles play and won at Nos. 3-6 in singles to claim a 5-2 victory.
Scouting the Golden Bears
California, ranked No. 6 in the latest ITA poll released Tuesday, boasts a 4-1 record and is coming off an upset 4-3 win over No. 9 Miami (Fla.) last Saturday in the consolation semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Madison, Wis. During the tournament, the Golden Bears recorded a 5-2 victory over No. 4 Northwestern, lost to No. 13 Duke, 4-3, and defeated Miami. California has five players ranked in the ITA singles poll - Suzi Babos (No. 14), Zsuzsanna Fodor (No. 19), Marion Ravelojaona (No. 34), Stephanie Kusano (No. 61), Claire Ilcinkas (No. 83) and Cristina Visico (No. 92). Babos and Fodor are also the seventh-ranked doubles tandem in the nation.
Series History vs. California
San Diego State owns six wins against California, tied with Oregon for the third-most against any Pac-10 opponent in school history. The Aztecs have beaten Arizona State 14 times, while defeating Arizona on 12 different occasions. Since the 1994 season, the Golden Bears have had SDSU's number by winning 12 straight. Last season, California defeated the Aztecs 5-2, despite San Diego State winning the doubles point at University of San Diego. The match was moved to USD due to the ongoing construction of Aztec Tennis Center.
Last Time Out
In its first road match of the season, San Diego State dropped a 5-2 decision to Long Beach State Thursday afternoon at the 49er Tennis Courts.
SDSU began the afternoon by letting the doubles point slip away. The two schools split a pair of matches with SDSU's No. 1 doubles team of Dita Hauerlandova and Sisse Nielsen defeating Sandra Rocha-Katy Williams by a score of 8-2. The doubles clinching contest came at No. 2 as LBSU's Hannah Grady and Jessica Weeks rallied from a 6-3 deficit to defeat Eliska Krausova-Milana Yusupov, 9-8(7-2), to take the doubles point.
In singles action, Hauerlandova posted her second victory of the season with her 7-5, 6-4, effort over 49er freshman Hannah Grady, while Esther Cadua was victorious at No. 6 winning in three sets over Emmanuelle Tabatroung.