Hornets Sting San Diego

USDTOREROSDOTCOM Freshman Laura Claus captured a straight set victory over Sacramento State's Maria Meliuk.
Freshman Laura Claus captured a straight set victory over Sacramento State's Maria Meliuk.

Feb. 28, 2010

SAN DIEGO - The 60th ranked University of San Diego women's tennis team dropped its fourth straight match Sunday afternoon, facing 47th ranked Sacramento State at the USD West Tennis Courts. San Diego would capture three singles victories but failed to secure the initial doubles point, as the Hornets swept all three tandem matches and ultimately edged the Toreros by a final of 4-3.

The Toreros fall to an overall mark of 4-6 while the Hornets improve to 8-3 on the 2010 dual match season.

After falling in the first stanza of doubles matches, the Toreros would bounce back in singles action. Down 2-0, after Lise Marbach dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision to Hornet Rebeca Delgado at Court #4, the Toreros would grab the very next point, as Laura Claus shut down Maria Meliuk at Court #2 in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3.

The Hornets would counter on Court #6, when Aileen Tsan quieted San Diego Marite Raygada, taking a 6-3, 6-1 result from the USD sophomore. Clinching the match win at Court #1 for Sacramento, 46th ranked Katrina Zheltova downed Juliette Coupez. Coupez would extend Zheltova the full three sets, garnering a second set 6-2 victory, but the top-ranked senior would rebound, finishing off the match win with a 6-2 set triumph of her own.

San Diego would not go quietly, however, as the Toreros would secure wins in the final two contests at Court #3 and #5. At #3, Maja Sujica cashed in against Tatsiana Kapshai, earning a super-tiebreaker (10-5) to come away with the three set victory. And Alexandra Demidova at #5 closed out the match against Clarisse Baca, taking a 6-7 (3), 6-0, 6-4 result from the Hornet.



The Toreros will enjoy a week's respite before returning to the courts Thursday, Mar. 11 against Penn State to kick off the USD Invitational.

Match #10: #47 SAC STATE 4, #60 USD 3
Sunday, February 28th

1. Baca/Zheltova (SAC) def. Coupez/Sujica (USD) - 8-5
2. Delgado/Kapshai (SAC) def. Demidova/Raygada (USD) - 8-6
3. Meliuk/Tsan (SAC) def. Claus/Perl (USD) - 8-4
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
SAC wins doubles point.

1. #46 Katrina Zheltova (SAC) def. Juliette Coupez (USD) - 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
2. Laura Claus (USD) def. Maria Meliuk (SAC) - 6-1, 6-3
3. Maja Sujica (USD) def. Tatsiana Kapshai (SAC) - 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5)
4. Rebeca Delgado (SAC) def. Lise Marbach (USD) - 6-3, 6-2
5. Alexandra Demidova (USD) def. Clarisse Baca (SAC) - 6-7 (3), 6-0, 6-4
6. Aileen Tsan (SAC) def. Marite Raygada (USD) - 6-3, 6-1
Order of Finish: 4, 2, 6, 1, 3, 5
SAC wins match, 4-3.

Records: #60 USD 4-6, #47 Sac State 8-3