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Junior co-captain Becky Chou was a dominant winner in both doubles and singles Wednesday in Oakland.

No. 39 UC San Diego Romps in Road Debut at Holy Names Following Delay

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OAKLAND, Calif. - The No. 39 University of California San Diego women's tennis team battled the elements and host Holy Names University and prevailed over all, 7-0, at the Meyer Tennis Center on the Mills College campus on Wednesday.

UC San Diego improved to 6-5 with a second straight victory. Holy Names fell back to an even 7-7. The start of the match was delayed from noon to 4:30 p.m. due to weather conditions. The Tritons were finally contesting their road opener for 2019 following a 10-match homestand to begin the new dual campaign.

"The team played very well under some tough, windy conditions," offered Liz LaPlante, in her 40th season in charge at UC San Diego.

Madison Hale and Alexandra Weil capped their doubles match first on the No. 2 court, 6-1, with fellow fourth-year senior Ashley Chao (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS) and junior partner Becky Chou 6-2 winners at No. 1 to clinch the point. Freshman Shweta Kumar and senior Chloe Wight completed the sweep at No. 3, 6-3.

None of the Tritons were tested in singles. Chou was a 6-0, 6-2, victor over Dominique Ernst at No. 3 for her team-best eighth win. Freshman Anu Bhadada (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS), back in the singles lineup for the first time since Feb. 24, moved to 3-0 at No. 6, with her 6-1, 6-3, result clinching the match for UC San Diego.

Weil (6-3, 6-1), Kumar (6-1, 6-1) and Wight (6-2, 6-2) were likewise straight-set winners, in that order, at No. 2, No. 5 and No. 4. Weil and Wight are both now 7-2. The victories were the first in those spots for Wight and Kumar.

Chao was off the court first at No. 1, taking the point as her opponent Jahan Bayramova had to retire after a 6-4 defeat in the opening set.

LaPlante rested junior Valeria Corral (San Diego/Mater Dei Catholic HS), a winner of six consecutive singles contests.

UC San Diego heads over to San Rafael on Thursday, March 28, to face Dominican University of California at the Castellucci Family Tennis Center beginning at 11 a.m.

#39 UC San Diego 7, Holy Names 0
March 27, 2019 at Oakland, CA (Meyer Tennis Center)

Doubles competition
1. Ashley Chao/Becky Chou (UCSD) def. Jahan Bayramova/Dominique Ernst (HNU) 6-2
2. Madison Hale/Alexandra Weil (UCSD) def. Lada Baglaeva/Rutendo Gwaze (HNU) 6-1
3. Shweta Kumar/Chloe Wight (UCSD) def. Macy Barajas/Symone Jacques (HNU) 6-3

Singles competition
1. Ashley Chao (UCSD) def. Jahan Bayramova (HNU) 6-4, retired
2. Alexandra Weil (UCSD) def. Lada Baglaeva (HNU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Becky Chou (UCSD) def. Dominique Ernst (HNU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Chloe Wight (UCSD) def. Symone Jacques (HNU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Shweta Kumar (UCSD) def. Macy Barajas (HNU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Anu Bhadada (UCSD) def. Rutendo Gwaze (HNU) 6-1, 6-3

Match Notes
UC San Diego 6-5; National ranking #39; Regional ranking #4
Holy Names 7-7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,3,6,2,5,4)
T-2:15 A-50

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