Women's Tennis Faces Toreros Across Town Monday
March 31, 2013
SAN DIEGO -
SDSU Faces Toreros Across Town Monday
After notching their 10th win of the season, the 56th-ranked Aztecs will travel across town to take on the University of San Diego on Monday, April 1. First serve is set for 11 am.
The matchup between SDSU and the No. 51 Toreros is the final non-conference match of the season for the Aztecs. San Diego State will open conference play at home on Thursday, April 5. SDSU will face UNLV, New Mexico and Boise State, all at Aztec Tennis Center on consecutive days.
Scouting The Toreros
San Diego's most recent outing came on Friday, March 28 when it faced visiting BYU. The Toreros notched the doubles point by sweeping all three matches to take an early lead. USD moved onto singles play and took the win in first, second and third singles. The three singles wins and the doubles point was enough to topple the Cougars, 4-3. San Diego will come into Monday's match against SDSU at 8-7 on the season.
As a team, San Diego is ranked 51st in the nation. The Toreros also boast the 108th-ranked singles player in Laura Claus. Claus and doubles partner Shani Blecher are the 58th-ranked duo in the nation.
San Diego State and USD share three common opponents this season. Both schools have faced Hawai'i, USC and Saint Mary's. The Toreros and Aztecs each topped Hawai'i and fell to USC. The difference came against Saint Mary's, as San Diego fell to the Gaels, 5-0, as SDSU defeated the northern California school, 4-3.
Head coach Sherri Stephens is in her 29th year leading the Toreros. Stephens closed her 28th season with USD by leading the team to their first ever WCC Championship and earned her second consecutive WCC Coach of the Year honor.
In The Polls
SDSU currently sits at No. 56 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division I National Team Rankings. The Aztecs are up one spot from last week's 57th ranking. This week marks the fifth consecutive week that SDSU has made an appearance in the poll since making its debut the week of February 26.
Last Time Out
San Diego State is coming off a close win over Sacramento State. The Aztecs got out to a dominant early lead by sweeping doubles play to clinch the doubles point. As singles action got underway, SDSU maintained its lead with Laura Antonana Iriarte and Michela Casanova posting wins in their respective matches. The Hornets attempted a rally, taking the next three matches to even the score out at 3-3. Sophomore Kristin Buth would prove to be the Aztecs' closer as she finished off her opponent in fourth singles to claim the 4-3 win for San Diego State. With the victory, SDSU is now 10-4 on the season.