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SDSU Looks to Continue Hot Streak With a Single Home Match Against No. 41 Rice

Sisse Nielsen and Nina Spaeth have gone 6-2 in doubles play this season.
Sisse Nielsen and Nina Spaeth have gone 6-2 in doubles play this season.

March 8, 2005

SAN DIEGO -

SDSU Women's Tennis Weekly Release
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SDSU Looks to Continue Hot Streak With a Single Home Match Against No. 41 Rice
* The San Diego State (7-3) women's tennis team, ranked No. 25 in America, will look to continue its recent hot streak when it faces No. 41 Rice (7-4) Thursday at SDSU Tennis Stadium.

After falling to No. 12 Southern California on Feb. 23, the Aztecs have run off four straight wins, three of which have come against nationally ranked opposition (No. 68 UC Irvine, No. 28 Michigan, No. 8 Washington). SDSU also defeated Loyola Marymount on March 1 during the streak.

The Aztecs are in the midst of a seven-match homestand, their longest of the season. After this week's matches, SDSU wil host Tulsa and Ohio State before Mountain West Conference play opens up on March 24.

Weekly Wrap Up
* For the week, the Aztecs went 3-0 defeating unranked Loyola Marymount, No. 28 Michigan and No. 8 Washington.

The LMU match marked the first-ever dual match played at the brand-new SDSU Tennis Stadium. The Aztecs opened the new facility on the right foot by beating the Lions, 5-2.

SDSU swept all three doubles matches to take an early 1-0 advantage over LMU.

But after losing at the top two singles spots, the Aztecs won at numbers three through six to claim the win.

Against Michigan, SDSU took the doubles point for the second straight match. Despite losing at number one, the Aztecs fought back to win at Nos. 2 and 3 to secure the point.

Singles play was close throughout as the dual match was decided by the final match of the afternoon.

At number four, Eliska Krausova and the Wolverine's Leanne Rutherford went three sets to decide the outcome. Krausova prevailed, taking the match, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4, to give SDSU the victory.

In the third match of the week against Washington, SDSU won the doubles point for a third consecutive time.

In singles action, the bottom of the lineup for the Aztecs came up big once again. SDSU posted wins at Nos. 4-6 to clinch the victory.

SDSU In The Polls
* After three straight wins and a couple of upsets in the process, the Aztecs have made the leap from No. 68 nationally to the 25th best team in America as announced in the March 8 ITA poll.

The 43-place jump is the largest since 2002 when it leaped 14 spots, from No. 53 to No. 39, after a win over No. 41 Kansas State.

SDSU's No. 25 ranking is its highest since being ranked 23th in the country during the 2003 Mountain West Conference Championships. In that tournament, the Aztecs beat their three opponents by a combined score of 12-2, took the conference crown and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Home Sweet Home
* To say the Aztecs have been good at home is an overstatement since, until last week, they were living at places not called SDSU Tennis Stadium. But last week, they were finally allowed to play at their new home and broke it in in style winning all three matches.

Upset City
* Thanks to a pair of wins against No. 28 Michigan and No. 8 Washington last week and a victory over then-No. 68 UC Irvine on Feb. 26, the Aztecs have become very familiar with the word "upset."

The victory over Washington was the highest-ranked opponent an SDSU team has defeated since it beat 15th-ranked UNLV, 4-3, back on March 28, 2002. The win over Michigan also marked the first time the Aztecs defeated anyone in the top-30 since that same UNLV victory in 2002.

Good FOURtune
* Winning four in a row has been a good omen for Aztec teams in the past. Since 1994, SDSU has posted wins of four or more in a row in every year except 1994, 2000 and 2004.

In those years in which it enjoyed streaks of four or more, SDSU went deep into the conference tournament and/or qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

The last time the Aztecs won four or more consecutive was in 2003. That team had streaks of eight and five wins in a row, including four straight on two occasions.

Bottom Playing Well
* The Aztec bottom of the lineup has played well throughout the season, but none more so than as of late.

Since its loss at Southern California, the Aztecs have gone 11-1 at the number four, five and six slots. For the season, those who have played at number four have gone a combined 8-2, as have those who play at No. 5. Those who compete at number six have gone 6-4 for the season.

Hitting Midseason Stride
* Ten matches into the season, it seems as if a couple Aztecs are hitting their midseason stride.

In singles, freshman Nina Spaeth is currently on a five-match winning streak and is 7-1 in dual matches and 10-2 for the season. Fellow freshman Eliska Krausova has come back from an early season injury to post four wins a row and boasts a 5-1 dual match record. Dita Hauerlandova and Indra Erichsen have also won two straight.

In doubles, Hauerlandova and Alesya Vidov have won three consecutive, including a record of 5-1 at No. 2. Spaeth and Sisse Nielsen are also winners of three in a row, all at number three. They are currently 6-2 this spring.