SDSU wins first match of the 2021 season; fifth straight season the Aztecs have won their season-opening match
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February 28, 2021 (San Diego) - The San Diego State women’s tennis team opened their 2021 season with a dual-match win, topping UC Irvine 6-1 Sunday, Feb. 28 at Aztec Tennis Center.
The Aztecs kicked off the day sweeping the doubles point. The No. 1 double duo of senior Tamara Arnold and junior Alicia Melosch topped Tsukiji/Fossorier 6-4, the No. 2 doubles combo of senior Nnena Nadozie and junior Regina Pitts beat Schlatter/Tilbury 6-1, and No. 3 doubles team of senior Abbie Mulbarger and freshman Cecile Morin put away their opponent Carter/Fowler 7-5.
In singles play, Nadozie was the first to earn a victory on court three with a win over UC Irvine’s Jenna Schlatter 6-3, 6-1. Arnold followed suit on court one with a 6-4, 6-2 topping of the Anteaters’ Jessica Tsukiji, and in the No. 4 spot, Morin clinched the match with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 triumph over UCI’s Alyssia Fossorier. In her first outing as an Aztec, Pitts took on Irvine’s Halla Algjeely on court two, earning a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win while Melosch grabbed a victory on court five by topping the Anteaters’ Arianna Tilbury 7-5, 2-6, 6-1. Sophomore Agustina Rimoldi Godoy fell to UCI’s Emily Fowler on court six 6-3, 6-3.
The Aztecs hit the court for the first time in almost a year and continued a winning streak that dates back to March 7, 2020, when SDSU topped Grand Canyon 6-1.
“We were excited to get our season started today against UC Irvine,” head coach Peter Mattera said. “The team played very well especially given the fact we just had two days practice leading up to this match. We look forward to getting better as we progress towards our next match next Sunday against the University of San Diego. Today was a great start for the 2021 Aztec Women’s Tennis team.”
SDSU hosts the University of San Diego Sunday, March 7 for a dual match at high noon. At this time, no fans will be permitted to attend SDSU home matches at Aztec Tennis Center due to COVID-19 protocols.