UCI Out-Duels San Jose State, 4-2, In NCAA 1st Round At USC|
May 11, 2013
UC Irvine's Ali Facey outlasted San Jose State's Julianna Bacelar in a grueling three-set match to clinch the Anteaters' first-ever NCAA win in the 2013 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships first round on Saturday (May 11) at Marks Tennis Stadium.
UCI improved to 23-4 while the Spartans, making their NCAA Tournament debut, ended their season at 19-6. UC Irvine also topped San Jose State, 4-3, to open the season on Jan. 20
With Irvine leading 3-2, Facey and Bacelar were battling at No. 5 singles while the Anteaters' Kristina Smith and San Jose State's Klaudia Boczova were also deep in a third set on court 1.
Facey staved off two match points in the second set and then needed six of her own in the third to finish off Bacelar, 4-6, 7-6 (0), 7-5. At No. 1 singles, Smith was two points away from evening the third set with Boczova at 6-6 when Facey clinched the team victory.
San Jose claimed the doubles point with wins on court 2 and 3. The Spartans' Boczova and Jessica Willett defeated the Anteaters' Facey and Brooke Schweyer, 8-1, but Irvine tied it up as Franziska Goettsching and Smith downed the San Jose State's Sabastiani Leon Chao and Erica Medlin, 8-4.
The Spartans' Bacelar and Chau Truong clinched the doubles point with an 8-5 win over Irvine's Marivick Mamiit and Sarah Stadfelt, coming back from a 5-3 deficit.
The Anteaters' Sarah Gong evened the match with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Medlin at No. 4 singles, which began a string of three singles wins in a row. Goettsching then took out Truong, 6-3, 6-3, on court 3 not long before Mamiit, the younger sister of former USC NCAA singles champion Cecil Mamiit (1996), finished off Leon Chao at No. 2, 6-2, 6-4, giving Irvine a 3-1 lead. Willett came back after dropping the first set to defeat Stadfelt at No. 6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to bring the Spartans to within 3-2.
UC Irvine will face the winner of USC's first-round match with Sacramento State on Sunday at 12 p.m.
UCI 4, San Jose State 2
Marks Tennis Stadium - May 11, 2013
(1) Goettsching-Smith (UCI) def. Leon Chao-Medlin (SJS) - 8-4
(2) Boczova-Willett (SJS) def. Facey-Schweyer (UCI) - 8-1
(3) Bacelar-Truong (SJS) def. Mamiit-Stadfelt (UCI) - 8-5
San Jose State wins doubles point.
Order of finish: 4,3,2,6,5