No. 22 UC San Diego Tops Sonoma State for Third Straight Victory
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The No. 22 University of California San Diego women's tennis team completed a solid week with a third straight victory, 4-1, over Sonoma State University on a sunny Sunday at Northview Tennis Courts.
The result evened the UC San Diego record now at 3-3. Sonoma State dropped to 1-2. The sides are ranked fourth and sixth, respectively, in the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) West Region poll.
The Tritons secured the doubles point as seniors Madison Hale and Alexandra Weil first cruised to a 6-1 victory at No. 2. Ashley Chao (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS) and Becky Chou then got past Carolyn Brooner and Jensyn Warren, 6-4, at No. 1. That halted the No. 3 tilt with Tritons Shweta Kumar and Chloe Wight leading 5-2.
In singles, Wight posted another dominant straight-set win at No. 5, 6-1, 6-2, to lead things off. Warren, ranked No. 15 in the country and No. 2 in the West Region, kept Sonoma State hopes alive at No. 1 over fellow senior Chao, 6-4, 6-2.
But in quick succession, Weil and Chou both completed identical 6-4, 6-4, victories, at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, to clinch the result. Weil's win was over Clarisa Colling, with Colling No. 9 and Weil No. 10 in the West Region singles ranking.
Among the unfinished singles matchups, junior Valeria Corral (San Diego/Mater Dei Catholic HS) won the first set (6-2) at No. 4 over Brooner, ranked No. 20 in the West in singles, and lost the second, 7-5. Freshman Anu Bhadada (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) was in the third set at No. 6, 1-6, 6-4, 2-1.
Chao and Chou have now won four straight together in doubles, with Chao, a fourth-year Triton, now up to 49 career doubles triumphs.
"This was finally the level of match that we've been looking for, and the girls came out so confident against a really confident team," said UC San Diego head coach Liz LaPlante. "Winning that doubles point was crucial, because we had some very tight singles matches that could have gone either way. We pulled some tough ones out, so I'm really proud of them. We really needed this win, especially with all the (recent) rain, to move us forward into our big matches with Point Loma, Cal State LA and Hawai'i Pacific coming through."
UC San Diego concludes a season-long seven-match homestand with yet another important regional fixture this Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. against 20th-ranked city rival Point Loma (4-1). The Sea Lions are fifth in the West. Admission is free at Northview Tennis Courts on North Campus in La Jolla, but parking permits are required. The match has been postponed and rescheduled twice due to weather.
#22 UC San Diego 4, Sonoma State 1
Feb. 24, 2019 at La Jolla, CA (Northview Tennis Courts)
1. Ashley Chao/Becky Chou (UCSD) def. Carolyn Brooner/Jensyn Warren (SSU) 6-4
2. Madison Hale/Alexandra Weil (UCSD) def. Carolina Alfonsin/Clarisa Colling (SSU) 6-1
3. Shweta Kumar/Chloe Wight (UCSD) vs. Jenna DeTurk/Hannah Highsmith (SSU) 5-2, unfinished
1. #15 Jensyn Warren (SSU) def. Ashley Chao (UCSD) 6-4, 6-2
2. Alexandra Weil (UCSD) def. Clarisa Colling (SSU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Becky Chou (UCSD) def. Jenna DeTurk (SSU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Valeria Corral (UCSD) vs. Carolyn Brooner (SSU) 6-2, 5-7, unfinished
5. Chloe Wight (UCSD) def. Carolina Alfonsin (SSU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Anu Bhadada (UCSD) vs. Hannah Highsmith (SSU) 1-6, 6-4, 2-1, unfinished
Sonoma State 1-2; Regional ranking #6
UC San Diego 3-3; National ranking #22; Regional ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,1,2,3)
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