April 18, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - UC San Diego rallied from a 2-0 match deficit to reel off five straight wins on Friday as the 19th-ranked Tritons women's tennis team beat No.23 UC Davis, 5-2, in a semifinal match at the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships at Hickey Courts.
The victory propels second-seeded UC San Diego, which improved to 16-4 overall, into Saturday's 2 p.m. title match against top-seeded Cal Poly Pomona which blanked Grand Canyon, 5-0, in the other semifinal. Third-seeded UC Davis dropped to 10-11 overall and will face fourth-seeded Grand Canyon for third place at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
A come-from-behind tiebreaker win at No. 2 doubles gave UC San Diego its first win of the day. Jasmin Dao and Tara Siddiqui rallied to beat the Aggies' Gretchen Schantz and Ally Muller 7-3 in a tiebreaker to capture the 9-8 win. Janice Solomon and Nancy Mok teamed for a win at No.1 doubles and Christy Battig and Jennifer Fong partnered for a win at No.3, accounting for both of UC Davis' points.
The Tritons, however, then won four straight singles matches, highlighted by victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions that ended simultaneously. Dao defeated Schantz, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2, and Julie Westerman topped UC Davis' Janice Salomon 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1. Other UCSD victors included No. 5 player Leigh Roberts, a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Christy Battig, and No. 4 Kristina Jansen, a 7-5, 6-2 winner over the Aggies' Mok.
"I thought our doubles were tough," said UC Davis coach Bill Maze. "We played great in doubles but UC San Diego has very good singles players. You've got to give them credit. They played very well.
"It's a tough one to lose but I thought we battled hard and it was a fun match because it seemed like every individual match was close. It's always fun when it seems like every match can go either way."
In other matches on Friday, Cal St. L.A. edged San Francisco State, 5-4, in a consolation match, while Sonoma State beat Cal St., San Bernardino, 5-2, in the other. The winners will play for fifth on Saturday, while San Francisco State and Cal St., San Bernardino will battled for seventh.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hickey Courts (UC Davis)
UC SAN DIEGO 5, UC DAVIS 2
No. 1 Janice Salomon/Nancy Mok (UCD) def. Julie Westerman/Jenna Ishii (UCSD) 8-5
No. 2 Jasmin Dao/Tara Siddiqui (UCSD) def. Gretchen Schantz/Ally Muller (UCD) 9-8 (7-3)
No. 3 Christy Battig/Jennifer Fong (UCD) def. Kristina Jansen/Allison Ishii (UCSD) 8-3
No. 1 Julie Westerman (UCSD) def. Janice Salomon (UCD) 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 Jasmin Dao (UCSD) def. Gretchen Schantz (UCD) 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 Tara Siddiqui (UCSD) led Ally Muller (UCD) 10-8, 0-0 DNF
No. 4 Kristina Jansen (UCSD) def. Nancy Mok (UCD) 7-5, 6-2
No. 5 Leigh Roberts (UCSD) def. Christy Battig (UCD) 6-2, 6-3
No. 6 Jennifer Fong (UCD) led Marissa Hilker (UCSD) 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 DNF
Cal Poly Pomona 5, Grand Canyon 0 (championship semifinals)
Sonoma State 5, Cal St., San Bernardino 2 (consolation semifinals)
Cal St. L.A. 5, San Francisco State 4 (consolation semifinals)