Toreros Sweep Titans in Season Opener

USDTOREROSDOTCOM Freshman Stephanie Hoffpauir earned her first victory as a Torero.
Freshman Stephanie Hoffpauir earned her first victory as a Torero.

Jan. 22, 2011

SAN DIEGO, Calif.- The University of San Diego women's tennis team got off to a perfect start to the 2011 season with a 7-0 sweep of the visiting Cal State Fullerton Titans Saturday afternoon from USD's West Courts. The Toreros start the season 1-0, while the Titans drop to 0-1 with the loss.

USD was led in No. 1 singles by sophomore Laura Claus, who defeated Tiffany Mai handily 6-1, 6-1. Freshman Stephanie Hoffpauir got her Torero tennis career started on the right foot with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Malorie de la Cruz, while fellow freshmen Josymar Escalona and Anna Depenau also won their respective singles matches, both by scores of 6-3, 6-1. Escalona defeated Morgan McIntosh and Depenau took down Megan Sandford.

Rounding out the bottom of the Toreros' ladder was junior Maja Sujica, who cruised past Karina Akhmedova 6-1, 6-0, and junior Marite Raygada earned a 6-0, 6-0 sweep over Monica Rodriguez.

In doubles action, Claus and Escalona teamed as USD's No. 1 pair to beat Mai and Rodriguez 8-1. Hoffpauir and Depenau handled Sandford and McIntosh 8-1, while Sujica and sophomore Cara Brown defeated Akhmedova and de la Cruz 8-1 as well.

The victory marks the fourth consecutive season in which the Toreros have defeated Cal State Fullerton in a season-opener and the second straight year they won by a score of 7-0.

The Toreros return to action next Saturday, Jan. 29th when they travel to Los Angeles, Calif. for a tournament featuring UCLA, Pepperdine, and Sacramento State with match times still to be determined.

1) Laura Claus (USD) def. Tiffany Mai (CSF)- 6-1, 6-1
2) Stephanie Hoffpauir (USD) def. Malorie de la Cruz (CSF)- 6-3, 6-2
3) Josymar Escalona (USD) def. Morgan McIntosh (CSF)- 6-3, 6-1
4) Anna Depenau (USD) def. Megan Sandford (CSF)- 6-3, 6-1
5) Maja Sujica (USD) def. Karina Akhmedova (CSF)- 6-1, 6-0
6) Marite Raygada (USD) def. Monica Rodriguez (CSF)- 6-0, 6-0

1) Laura Claus/Josymar Escalona (USD) def. Tiffany Mai/Monica Rodriguez (CSF)- 8-1
2) Stephanie Hoffpauir/Anna Depenau (USD) def. Megan Sandford/Morgan McIntosh (CSF)- 8-1
3) Maja Sujica/Cara Brown (USD) def. Karina Akhmedova/Malorie de la Cruz (CSF)- 8-1