No. 22 UC San Diego's Wednesday Match Against No. 1 Barry Canceled Due to Rain
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The No. 22 University of California San Diego women's tennis program's showdown on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. against top-ranked, two-time defending national champion Barry University, has been canceled due to rain.
The match was initially scheduled for 3 p.m. at Northview Tennis Courts on North Campus in La Jolla, but moved up to 1:30 p.m. early Wednesday in order to try and beat the rain. The adverse weather had stayed away throughout the first portion of the day, but arrived earlier than expected, right around that 1:30 p.m. start time after the teams had already started to warm up. The courts got pretty wet within a few short minutes, and with an actual storm still in the forecast for later after 5 p.m., the window that had been counted on to play the match, was no longer there.
UC San Diego (4-3), a winner of four straight after three losses in a row to begin the season, so far entirely at home, still hosts two more top-five foes in the next two days to conclude what was originally supposed to be an incredibly challenging three-day stretch. The Tritons take on No. 5 Academy of Art (3-0) on Thursday, March 7, and then a second top West Region opponent in No. 4 Hawai'i Pacific (3-0) on Friday, March 8. Both matches are slated for 3 p.m. starts, weather permitting, at Northview Tennis Courts. Admission is free, but parking permits are required.
The Tritons have now had back-to-back contests wiped out by rain, as their 2019 road debut was to be at Cal State LA this past Saturday, March 2. That, too, was canceled and will not be made up, with the two West Region rivals already facing off in La Jolla on April 13 anyway.
In this season's first Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division II West Region poll, Hawai'i Pacific is No. 1, Academy of Art No. 2, and UC San Diego No. 4.
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