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SDSU Women's Tennis Prepares for Cross-Town Rival San Diego

Sophomore Milana Yusupov looks to continue her solid play when the Aztecs square off against cross-town rival USD on Tuesday.
Sophomore Milana Yusupov looks to continue her solid play when the Aztecs square off against cross-town rival USD on Tuesday.

April 9, 2007

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's tennis team wraps up the non-conference portion of its 2007 regular season schedule on Tuesday when it makes the short drive down Interstate 8 to face cross-town rival San Diego, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at USD's West Courts. The 65th-ranked Aztecs (11-9) have won seven of their last nine matches, including a 5-2 triumph over No. 31 Oregon at Aztec Tennis Center last Friday.

Against the Ducks, SDSU captured its first doubles point in four outings after unveiling three new tandems. The Scarlet and Black then took four of six encounters in singles play to register its second straight upset over the visiting Pac-10 school.

Junior Sisse Nielsen will be looking for an Aztec season-best seventh consecutive singles victory on Tuesday. The Alleroed, Denmark, native has become nearly untouchable of late, outscoring her last six opponents by a combined score of 72-13. Earlier this spring, sophomore Esther Cadua strung six straight wins together, while senior Alesya Vidov enjoyed a five-match unbeaten streak.

SDSU has also been sparked by the recent performances of sophomores Holly Bagshaw and Milana Yusupov. Bagshaw has won six of her last seven duals, including a come-from-behind victory over Oregon's Carmen Seremeta, which provided the team winning point against the Ducks last Friday. After recovering from a wrist injury last fall, Yusupov has come on strong, posting a 9-3 record this spring, including a 7-1 mark at the No. 5 position.

The Toreros (6-14), meanwhile, have rebounded somewhat from a dreary 2-12 start, winning four of five until a narrow 4-3 loss to Oregon at home last Saturday. Individually, juniors Monica Weisener and Helene Lindstrand have seen action at the top of the Toreros' singles ladder this spring, along with sophomore Zoe Taylor and freshman Alexandra Demidova. Demidova and fellow classmate Samantha Mouly are tied for the team lead with 10 wins in dual-match play. Mouly is also part of the squad's most successful doubles team, combining with Lindstrand for a 4-3 record at the No. 2 position. USD is coached by the venerable Sherri Stephens, who is in her 23rd season at the helm of the Torero program.

SDSU holds a 23-12 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools, including a 5-2 victory at Aztec Tennis Center on Senior Day last season. In doubles competition, Sisse Nielsen joined forces with Dita Hauerlandova to upset the Toreros' 44th-ranked duo of Emma Murphy and Lauren Perl, 8-1, while Eliska Krausova secured the winning team point later in singles action with a three-set triumph over Perl at the No. 3 spot, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

Following Tuesday's match, San Diego State resumes its MWC regular season slate this weekend when it plays host to league rivals Brigham Young, Utah and UNLV on successive days, April 13-15, at Aztec Tennis Center.