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Fourth-year senior Madison Hale had her first completed dual-match singles contest Thursday at SDSU.

No. 26 UC San Diego Has Eight-Match Win Streak Snapped at San Diego State

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SAN DIEGO - The No. 26 University of California San Diego women's tennis team saw its eight-match win streak halted at city foe San Diego State, 7-0, Thursday afternoon at the Aztec Tennis Center.

The contest was just recently added to the UC San Diego schedule, mostly as practice with both clubs having had several dates wiped out by adverse weather earlier this season. The Aztecs are preparing for next week's Mountain West Conference Championship as hosts.

UC San Diego sees its eight-match win streak snapped, falling to 12-6. The Tritons had won nine in a row to open the 2017 dual campaign. San Diego State wrapped up its regular season at 13-9. The Aztecs had won another 7-0 home decision over the Tritons on Jan. 26, though that meeting only counted as an exhibition for the visitors.

In a match that means nothing to UC San Diego's postseason aspirations, juniors Valeria Corral (San Diego/Mater Dei Catholic HS) and Chloe Wight were held out of action nursing slight injuries. Corral is a winner of nine consecutive singles contests.

In Wight's absence, Shweta Kumar teamed up with fellow true freshman Anu Bhadada (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) at No. 3 doubles, and they dropped a 6-2 decision, as did the fourth-year senior duo of Madison Hale and Alexandra Weil at No. 2. Ashley Chao (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS) and junior Becky Chou led 4-3 at No. 1 over the 83rd-ranked tandem in Division I, Alicia Melosch and Nnena Nadozie, when that matchup was stopped due to the doubles point being clinched.

The teams played out the singles, with all six going the way of the Aztecs, all in straight sets. Chao (6-3, 6-1), Weil (6-3, 6-1), Chou (6-1, 6-1), Kumar (6-1, 6-2), Bhadada (6-2, 6-2) and Hale (6-3, 6-1) played at Nos. 1 through 6 for the Tritons.

The Tritons lost for the first time on the road in 2019 following a perfect 5-0 road stretch, March 27-April 8. Chou had her seven-match singles win streak ended.

UC San Diego wraps up its regular-season schedule with another out-of-division road tilt that has no postseason implications, traveling up to Claremont this Saturday, April 20, to take on Pomona-Pitzer. The Sagehens are ranked fifth nationally in Division III. The action gets underway at 12 p.m.

San Diego State 7, #26 UC San Diego 0
April 18, 2019 at San Diego, CA (Aztec Tennis Center)

Doubles competition
1. #83 Alicia Melosch/Nnena Nadozie (SDSU) vs. Ashley Chao/Becky Chou (UCSD) 3-4, unfinished
2. Jenny Moinard/Mia Smith (SDSU) def. Madison Hale/Alexandra Weil (UCSD) 6-2
3. Magda Aubets/Shakhnoza Khatamova (SDSU) def. Anu Bhadada/Shweta Kumar (UCSD) 6-2

Singles competition
1. Shakhnoza Khatamova (SDSU) def. Ashley Chao (UCSD) 6-2, 6-1
2. Jenny Moinard (SDSU) def. Alexandra Weil (UCSD) 6-3, 6-1
3. Nnena Nadozie (SDSU) def. Becky Chou (UCSD) 6-1, 6-1
4. Magda Aubets (SDSU) def. Shweta Kumar (UCSD) 6-1, 6-2
5. Alicia Melosch (SDSU) def. Anu Bhadada (UCSD) 6-2, 6-2
6. Agustina Rimoldi (SDSU) def. Madison Hale (UCSD) 6-3, 6-1

Match Notes
UC San Diego 12-6; National ranking #26; Regional ranking #4
San Diego State 13-9
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (3,1,5,4,2,6)
T-2:00 A-50

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