SDSU Women's Tennis Steps Out of MWC Play to Face No. 31 Oregon on Friday
April 5, 2007
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's tennis team takes a break from its Mountain West Conference schedule on Friday when it plays host to No. 31 Oregon, beginning at 2 p.m. at Aztec Tennis Center. The 65th-ranked Aztecs (10-9) have won five of their last six dual matches, including a 5-2 decision over No. 58 New Mexico in a neutral-site battle last Sunday in Fort Worth, Texas. Meanwhile, the Ducks (11-7) arrive in "America's Finest City" in somewhat of a tailspin having dropped three of their last four.
SDSU has been bolstered by the resurgence of sophomore Holly Bagshaw, who has compiled a 5-1 record since settling in the No. 3 singles position on March 20 against Washington. Her lone blemish during that stretch was a narrow defeat to then-No. 41 Ana Cetnik of TCU, 6-3, 6-7(4), 10-6, in a super-tiebreaker last Saturday. Unfazed, the Potter's Bar, England, native went back to work the following day against UNM, recording a pivotal victory over the Lobos' Mackenzie White, 6-1, 6-4. Her win broke a 2-2 deadlock as the Scarlet and Black pulled away for the 5-2 triumph.
The Aztecs have also received outstanding play from junior Sisse Nielsen, who has put together a five-match winning streak. The Alleroed, Denmark, product has become dominant of late, outscoring her last five opponents by a combined score of 60-12. Sophomore Esther Cadua has been a key factor in SDSU's recent success as well, logging seven wins in her last eight outings. After the Aztecs dropped the doubles point against New Mexico last Sunday, Cadua ignited a San Diego State rally in singles competition with her 6-2, 6-2 thrashing of the Lobos' Lucy Scott, which tied the score at 1-1.
Oregon, meanwhile, is looking to halt a two-match slide after suffering consecutive 7-0 shutouts at the hands of UCLA and USC at home last weekend. Individually the Ducks are led by senior Dominika Dieskova, who has occupied the top of the Ducks' singles ladder this spring along with sophomores Anna Cecilia Olivos and Carmen Seremeta. All three players have eight victories to their credit in dual-match competition. Dieskova and Olivos have also combined to form UO's top doubles team.
SDSU holds a 7-3 lead in the all-time series between the two schools, including a dramatic 4-3 thriller at Aztec Tennis Center last season. The match took over five hours to complete as the Scarlet and Black overcame a 3-1 deficit with three straight victories in singles play. After wins by Eliska Krausova and Milana Yusupov tied the score, Cadua provided the clincher when she survived an epic three-set marathon against the Ducks' Anna Leksinska, 6-7, 7-5, 7-6.
Following Friday's tilt, the Aztecs play their final non-conference match of the regular season on Tuesday, April 10, when they travel down Interstate 8 for a clash with cross-town rival San Diego at USD's West Courts. First serve is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. PDT.