No. 22 Tritons Overwhelm Stanislaus State, 7-0
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The No. 22 University of California San Diego women's tennis team surrendered zero sets and only 20 games across doubles and singles in downing Stanislaus State, 7-0, at Northview Tennis Courts on Friday afternoon.
With a second straight 7-0 home victory, UC San Diego improved to 2-3. Stanislaus State (3-1) suffered its first defeat. The sides are rated fourth and 10th, respectively, in the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) West Region poll.
The Tritons made quick work of the doubles point, securing that within just 25 minutes. Senior Ashley Chao (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS) and junior Becky Chou blanked their opponents at No. 1, 6-0, finishing right around the same time as seniors Madison Hale and Alexandra Weil, 6-1, at No. 2. Freshman Shweta Kumar and senior Chloe Wight were allowed to play out their match at No. 3, winning it 6-2.
All six singles matches were also played to completion, with the Tritons taking all of them in straight sets. Chou was quickest at No. 3, 6-1, 6-0. Junior Valeria Corral (San Diego/Mater Dei Catholic HS) matched those scores at No. 4, with Wight's 6-1, 6-1, decision at No. 5 clinching the result. Weil followed seconds later with a 6-1, 6-2, win at No. 2. Freshman Anu Bhadada (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) wrapped up her match at No. 5, 6-2, 6-3.
That left Chao at No. 1, and she put the finishing touches on a 6-2, 6-3, success over fellow senior and San Diego product Cassidy Ferrell (Serra HS), ranked No. 49 nationally and No. 8 in the West Region.
The contest took just a touch over two hours.
The Tritons have won eight straight meetings with the Warriors going back to two losses late in the 2012 dual-match season. The teams have played each other at least once every year since 2009.
UC San Diego continues a season-long seven-match homestand with another important regional date this Sunday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. against Sonoma State (1-1). The Seawolves are sixth in the West. Parking and admission at Northview Tennis Courts on North Campus in La Jolla are free.
"We haven't had a lot of practice with the rain," said UC San Diego head coach Liz LaPlante. "We practiced indoors yesterday. It was just nice to get out on the courts today. We'll train again tomorrow and get ourselves ready for Sonoma on Sunday."
#22 UC San Diego 7, Stanislaus State 0
Feb. 22, 2019 at La Jolla, CA (Northview Tennis Courts)
1. Ashley Chao/Becky Chou (UCSD) def. Cassidy Ferrell/Maria Ochoa (STAN) 6-0
2. Madison Hale/Alexandra Weil (UCSD) def. Megan Hagerty/Kayla Nguyen (STAN) 6-1
3. Shweta Kumar/Chloe Wight (UCSD) def. Taylor Galya/Amila Gogalija (STAN) 6-2
1. Ashley Chao (UCSD) def. Cassidy Ferrell (STAN) 6-2, 6-3
2. Alexandra Weil (UCSD) def. Maria Ochoa (STAN) 6-1, 6-2
3. Becky Chou (UCSD) def. Amila Gogalija (STAN) 6-1, 6-0
4. Valeria Corral (UCSD) def. Kayla Nguyen (STAN) 6-1, 6-0
5. Chloe Wight (UCSD) def. Sylvana Talamantes (STAN) 6-1, 6-1
6. Anu Bhadada (UCSD) def. Taylor Galya (STAN) 6-2, 6-3
Stanislaus State 3-1; Regional ranking #10
UC San Diego 2-3; National ranking #22; Regional ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,4,5,2,6,1)
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