Portland State Sneaks Past UC Davis, 4-3

Freshman ally Muller earned one of three singles victories for UC Davis on Sunday. (Wayne Tilcock/The Davis Enterprise)
 
Freshman ally Muller earned one of three singles victories for UC Davis on Sunday. (Wayne Tilcock/The Davis Enterprise)
 

March 30, 2003

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland State captured the opening doubles point then held on by splitting the six singles matches as the Vikings downed UC Davis, 4-3, in a non-conference women's tennis match Sunday afternoon.

With the loss the Aggies fall to 6-8 on the season and conclude their swing through the Pacific Northwest with a 1-2 record.

After dropping the opening doubles point as Portland State took two of the three doubles matches, the Aggies looked as though they might earn their second victory of the season over a Division I team. Ally Muller at No.3 won easily over Katie Slezewski, 6-1, 6-1 while Christy Battig at No.5 defeated Blaze Wadum by an identical score. Jennifer Fong gave UC Davis its third singles win with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Haley McDonald at No.6. But that would be all the Aggies would get as Nancy Mok at No.2 and Gretchen Schantz at No.2 each lost three-set matches while Janice Salomon dropped at straight-set match to Katie Owens, the Vikings top player, 7-6, 6-1.

"We had hoped for a different result to the match, but I thought our team gave it a good fight," said Aggie Head Coach Bill Maze. "I do think it was a productive effort and the team looks forward to getting back to Davis and prepare for the final part of our season."

UC Davis will next be in action on April 3 when it returns to California Collegiate Athletic Association play with a road contest at San Francisco State.

Portland State 4 def. UC Davis 3
March 30, 2003
at Portland, OR

Singles:
No. 1 Katie Owens (PSU) def. Janice Salomon (UCD) 7-6, 6-1
No. 2 Denise Cockrell (PSU) def. Gretchen Schantz (UCD) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6
No. 3 Ally Muller (UCD) def. Katie Slizewski (PSU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 Lisa Bessman (PSU) def. Nancy Mok (UCD) 6-7, 6-3, 6-2
No. 5 Christy Battig (UCD) def. Blaze Wadum (PSU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 Jennifer Fong (UCD) def. Haley McDonald (PSU) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles:
No. 1 Owens/Cockrell (PSU) def. Salomon/Mok (UCD) 8-0
No. 2 Bessman/Slizewski (PSU) def. Schantz/Muller (UCD) 9-7
No. 3 Fong/Battig (UCD) def. Wadum/McDonald (PSU) 8-5