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Aztec Women's Tennis Makes Final Adjustments For MWC Tournament

The 2002 MWC Women's Tennis Championships will be held this weekend in Provo, Utah.
The 2002 MWC Women's Tennis Championships will be held this weekend in Provo, Utah.

April 25, 2002

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Tourney Time
The 28th-ranked San Diego State women's tennis team, 16-7 overall and 7-0 in Mountain West Conference play, concluded an 11-2 home campaign with victories over 72nd-ranked Loyola Marymount (6-1) and San Diego (6-1). For the second time in three seasons the Aztecs enter the Mountain West Conference tournament as the top-seed after posting a perfect 7-0 record during the regular season. The Aztecs will battle eighth-seeded Wyoming in the first round of the league championship on April 25th in Provo, Utah. Match time is set for 2 p.m. MDT.

Weekly Rewind
San Diego State won a pair of matches and enters the league tournament having won 11 of 12 matches to end the regular-season campaign. The Aztecs have lost just once since beginning the stretch, which includes a victory over 18th-ranked Notre Dame on March 15th.

The Aztecs defeated 72nd-ranked Loyola Marymount by a 6-1 score on April 13th. San Diego State won the doubles point and five singles matches, including four in straight sets.

San Diego State disposed of its cross-town rival San Diego, 6-1, on April 16th at the SDSU Courts. Seniors Katey Clark-Becker and Julie Ann Chidley both claimed singles matches for the Aztecs in their final regular-season home match.

Tornier And Co. Honored By League
Junior Silvia Tornier was named player of the year and led a list of five Aztecs that earned all-conference recognition as the Mountain West Conference announced its league award winners at the annual banquet on Wednesday night in Provo. Tornier was joined on the all-conference singles team by junior Lindsey Hedberg. Both players made their second consecutive appearance on the squad. San Diego State was the only school to produce two of the six doubles teams honored by the league as all-conference. Junior Katja Karrento and sophomore Katalina Romero were honored, as was the duo of Tornier and freshman Indra Erichsen.

In The Polls
Despite not playing a match in eight days and not losing a match in more than three weeks, the San Diego State women's tennis team dropped two positions in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings this week. The Aztecs, ranked 28th nationally, have fallen two positions in each of the last two polls despite winning four straight matches during that time frame. The Aztecs are still well above their preseason ranking of 44th. Although the off week was rough on the team rankings, it was apparently time well spent for the individuals in the rankings. Silvia Tornier jumped 10 positions in the ranking from 82 to 72.

Winning At Doubles
One area where San Diego State has received outstanding play has been at doubles. The three current doubles pairings have combined to post a 36-7 record during the dual season. At number one doubles, Katja Karrento and Katalina Romero have posted a 16-6 record, including a 7-2 mark since moving to the top doubles position. Indra Erichsen and Silvia Tornier are undefeated since teaming up, posting a 9-0 record while Julie Anna Chidley and Lindsey Hedberg are 8-1 at number three doubles. The Aztecs combined to win 18 consecutive doubles matches earlier this season and SDSU has been victorious in 33 of its last 36 matches.

Quick Volleys
The Aztecs 16-7 record this season is exactly the same record as the team had after 23 matches last season... The difference is last season the Aztecs were ranked 46th with a 16-7 mark while this season SDSU is 26th, based largely on an increased strength of schedule... Silvia Tornier, who has played 20 of her 22 dual matches at number one singles, is 16-6 in the dual campaign with five victories over ranked opponents... Katja Karrento and Katalina Romero have combined to post a 16-6 record in dual doubles competition this season... The 16 victories are the most by any Aztec pair this season, seven more than any other tandem... The two knocked off the 53rd-ranked doubles team from Kansas State in their first match playing number one doubles.