Indra Erichsen and the Aztecs close out their season-long homestand against Ohio State on Tuesday before opening up MWC play on Thursday.
March 21, 2005
SAN DIEGO -
SDSU Women's Tennis Weekly Release
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SDSU Tries For Its Second Conesecutive Win As It Concludes Its Longest Homestand Of The Season, Then Hits The Road For MWC Action
* The 37th-ranked San Diego State women's tennis team closes out its longest homestand of the season Tuesday when it hosts Ohio State at SDSU Tennis Stadium. The Aztecs are coming off a win over No. 53 Tulsa that snapped their two-match slide and gave them a record of 4-2 on the homestand.
After the Ohio State match, SDSU travels to Sin City for the beginning of Mountain West Conference play. On Thursday, the Aztecs will face the Air Force Academy, followed by No. 32 UNLV and 47th-ranked New Mexico on Friday and Saturday, respectively. All three matches are slated for a 10 a.m. start.
Once conference play opens up, SDSU will not be in action until April 6 when it hosts Pepperdine.
Weekly Wrap Up
* The Aztecs snapped their two-match losing streak by defeating Tulsa last Tuesday, 4-3, at SDSU Tennis Stadium. SDSU earned the doubles point by sweeping all three matches despite playing with two different combinations. Indra Erichsen and Nina Spaeth, along with Andrea Hermansen and Eliska Krausova, played together for the first time, with both duos winning at Nos. 1 and 3. The only constant was Dita Hauerlandova and Alesya Vidov playing at No. 2 and they, too, won their match.
In singles, Tulsa won at Nos. 1 and 4 to take a 2-1 match lead, but Nina Spaeth recorded her eighth consecutive victory to tie it at 2-2. Tulsa responded with a win at three, but Krausova won her match at five to knot the contest at 3-3.
In the deciding match, Hauerlandova and Lisette Pereira duked it out, with the SDSU junior taking the first set, 7-6. In the second, Pereira went up 4-3, but Hauerlandova won three straight games to win the match and give the Aztecs the 4-3 victory.
#37 San Diego State 4, #57 Tulsa 3
1. Erichsen/Spaeth (SDSU) def. Muscolino/Zabaleta (TU), 8-6
2. Hauerlandova/Vidov (SDSU) def. Delport/Greenly (TU), 8-6
3. Hermansen/Krausova (SDSU) def. Pereira/Grimes (TU), 8-2
San Diego State wins doubles point
1. Daniela Muscolino (TU) def. Alesya Vidov (SDSU), 6-1, 6-1
2. Dita Hauerlandova (SDSU) def. Lisette Pereira (TU), 7-6, 6-4*
3. Carla Zabaleta (TU) def. Andrea Hermansen (SDSU), 7-5, 6-2
4. Santie Delport (TU) def. Indra Erichsen (SDSU), 6-1, 7-5
5. Eliska Krausova (SDSU) def. Timberly Greenly, 6-4, 6-4
6. Nina Spaeth (SDSU) def. Kindsay Grimes (TU), 6-3, 6-4
Order of finish: 1, 4, 6, 3, 5, 2
* Freshman Nina Spaeth is making a real case for MWC freshman of the year honors. Consider this: she currently owns an eight-match winning streak with a record of 5-1 at No. 5 and a 5-0 record at No. 6., she is 10-1 this spring and 12-2 for the 2004-05 season, and with Sisse Nielsen as her doubles partner, the duo has gone on to post a 6-4 spring record at No. 3.
* Earlier this season, SDSU enjoyed a four-match winning streak with three of them coming against nationally-ranked teams. 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 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Scouting Ohio State
* Ohio State comes into the San Diego State match with a record of 5-9 having lost its last match against TCU, 5-2. This will be just the third Buckeye road match of the season as they have gone 1-1 in matches played away from Columbus.
The Buckeyes are led by Sonia Ruzimovsky who is 8-2 in dual matches this season with all of her matches coming at Nos. 4-6. She leads the team in wins this season with 18.
This is only the second time these two schools have met with the Aztecs owning a 1-0 record.
Scouting Air Force
* Air Force heads into the MWC opener with a record of 8-6 (as of March 21). The Falcons are led by Kat Bushey who primarily plays at No. 1 and has a record of 12-8 this season.
This is the seventh all-time meeting between the conference mates, with SDSU winning all seven times, including last season's 4-3 victory.
* UNLV boasts a No. 32 ITA Ranking and is 7-4 (as of March 21) on the season having lost to No. 7 Duke, 5-2, last Friday. The Rebels are led by No. 29 Elena Gantcheva who is 25-3 this season.
Last season, the Aztecs fell to the Rebels, 5-2, in San Diego, but hold the all-time series lead, 10-8.
Scouting New Mexico
* No. 47 New Mexico is 8-7 on the season having lost its last match with 40th-ranked Sacramento State 4-3. The Lobos have been a streaky team all season after losing its first three, winning its next four, losing the following three, being victorious the three after that, before losing to the Hornets. New Mexico is led by its two ranked players in No. 56 Iva Gersic and No. 66 Maja Kovacek.
SDSU is 14-5 all-time against the Lobos, including losing once during the regular season and in the MWC Championship semifinal match.