Feb. 13, 2006
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SDSU Women's Tennis Plays Host To Southern California This Tuesday
San Diego State (3-2) looks to get back into the win column this week when it plays host to fourth-ranked Southern California in its only match of the week this Tuesday at Aztec Tennis Center. Doubles action is set to begin at 2 p.m. with singles following immediately after.
The No. 52 Aztecs are coming off a 7-0 road defeat to California last Friday. SDSU lost all six singles matches in straight sets and only tasted victory once in doubles play.
Following the Valentine's Day meeting with the Women of Troy, the Aztecs will have more than a week off between matches as they travel to Pepperdine on Thursday, Feb. 23 for a 1:30 p.m. match against the Waves.
San Diego State's No. 1 doubles team of Dita Hauerlandova and Sisse Nielsen have been on a roll this season winning all four matches this spring. Most of their matches have been fairly convincing as only one team, LMU's Pavla Mesterova and Robyn Baker, put up a fight in losing 8-5 on Feb. 8. The pair was the only bright spot for SDSU last Friday at California as they registered an 8-4 win over Suzi Babos and Stephanie Kusano.
Coming into the dual-match season, the two were ranked the No. 5 doubles team in the West after a 4-3 showing in the fall and a semifinal effort at the 2005 Wilson/ITA West Region Championships at Barnes Tennis Center after having never playing together prior to the 2005-06 season. The duo lost in the semis to the eventual champions from Pepperdine, Merve Asimgil and Silvia Kosakowski, 8-4.
The Aztecs are getting the most out of their underclassmen this season with four currently holding positions in the singles and doubles lineup. Sophomores Eliska Krausova and Sisse Nielsen are both 3-2 this fall, with Krausova playing the majority of the time at No. 3 and Nielsen seeing time at No. 4-5. Freshmen Milana Yusupov and Esther Cadua make up the rest of the lineup with Yusupov (3-2) getting the nod at No. 4, while Cadua plays at No. 6 and is currently 4-1. Altogether, the underclassmen have a singles record of 13-7.
After shuffling the lineup through the first five matches, it looks as if the doubles teams have been finally set. As it turns out, Nielsen will play with senior Dita Hauerlandova at No. 1, while Yusupov and junior Alesya Vidov will see action at No. 2. Rounding out the lineup is the all-underclassmen duo of Krausova and Cadua at No. 3.
Scouting the Women of Troy
Southern California comes to "America's Finest City" with a 3-0 record having beat UC Irvine, Long Beach State and San Diego all at home by a combined score of 20-1. Tuesday marks USC's first road test and first match since its shutout victory over USD back on Jan. 25. The Women of Troy have three nationally-ranked singles players in Amanda Fink (No. 3), Luana Magnani (No. 69) and Dianne Matias (No. 78). Magnani andFink, along with Judy DeVera and Matias, are ranked among the nation's best doubles tandems at No. 9 and 13, respectively.
Series History vs. Southern California
The series with Southern California has been a lopsided one with the Women of Troy owning a 32-4 all-time record against San Diego State. Since the 1994 season, the Aztecs have lost nine straight and have been shutout five of the nine times. The Aztecs last win in the series was a 5-4 effort on Feb. 19, 1992, in San Diego. The four SDSU wins vs. USC is tied with Washington for the fifth most against any Pac-10 opponent.
Last Time Out
In its toughest test to date, the San Diego State women's tennis team traveled to Berkeley, Calif., for an intrastate matchup with sixth-ranked California and was defeated 7-0 at Hellman Tennis Center last Friday.
The Aztecs lost the doubles point to start the afternoon, but received a win at No. 1 when Dita Hauerlandova and Sisse Nielsen downed Suzi Babos and Stephanie Kusano, 8-4. Unfortunately for SDSU, that was the last time it would taste victory as the Golden Bears swept all six singles matches in straight sets behind the strength of five nationally-ranked players.
Aztecs At Home
Since Aztec Tennis Center (ATC) opened last season, San Diego State has recorded a 10-3 record at home. Against ranked opponents, the Aztecs are 5-3 with wins against No. 8 Washington, No. 28 Michigan, No. 57 Tulsa, No. 57 Long Beach State and No. 75 Ohio State (all rankings are at match time).
Did You Know?
The last time SDSU welcomed a team ranked inside the top 10 was March 5, 2005. That day the Aztecs defeated Pac-10 foe Washington, 5-2, on just their third day at the new facility. Fellow Pac-10 member and No. 4 USC visits Montezuma Mesa Tuesday on just the third day of competition this season at ATC for SDSU.