Aztecs come back from 3-1 deficit; fall 4-3 to the Aggies
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April 2, 2021 (Boise) - The San Diego State women’s tennis team stumbled in a close dual match with Utah State as the Aggies scratched out a 4-3 win in the teams’ neutral site match at Appleton Tennis Center in Boise, Idaho.
In doubles play, Utah State took the first point of the day. The Aggies’ Zara Ryan and Lisa Kung topped senior Nnena Nadozie and junior Regina Pitts 6-2 on court two and freshman Alexandria Von Tersch Pohrer and sophomore Cécile Morin fell to Utah State’s Annaliese County and Gabrielle Dekkers 6-3 on court three.
The Aggies took the second point of the day with a win on court two to open singles play, as Zara Ryan topped Pitts 7-5, 6-3 on court two. Morin put the first points for the Aztecs on the board with her 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Lisa Kung on court four. With the score at 2-1, the Aggies added their third win of the day with a No. 6 singles victory from Lillian Okamoto over Pohrer, 6-2, 7-6 (3).
With the match in close grips for the Aggies, the Aztecs stormed back with wins from Arnold and Nadozie on courts one and three, respectively. Arnold came back from a second-set loss to take No. 1 singles victory over Millan 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1. Nadozie did not let a first-set setback shake her as she topped Lombera 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.
The match came down to the No. 5 singles contest of Alicia Melosch and Utah State’s Anneliese County with a 3-3 tied dual match score. County took the first set, 7-5, but Melosch came storming back with a tie-break set win 7-6 (3). Melosch’s momentum did not continue into the third set as County closed out the match with a 6-4 win to bring home the match and dual-match victory for the Aggies.
Today’s match was the first to have more than three matches forced to play three sets this season for the Aztecs.
“It was a really hard-fought, exciting tennis match on the road against a good opponent,” noted head coach Peter Mattera. “We are excited to try and get to turn the tables with our match tomorrow.”
The Aztecs stay in Boise, Idaho to take on host Boise State University for a dual match Saturday, April 3. Doubles play is set to start at 10 a.m. MT/9 a.m. PT. Live scoring will be available and is linked on the women’s tennis schedule page.