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Warriors to battle for tennis title
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The showdown for the California Collegiate Athletic Association women's tennis championship is now set after the No. 19 Cal State Stanislaus Warriors beat Cal State L.A. 7-2 on Friday in Los Angeles.
The Warriors swept through doubles competition, then won four singles matches to win their eighth straight to improve to 8-4 overall and 8-1 in the CCAA. They tied UC San Diego with an 8-1 conference record, setting up today's winner-take-all battle.
Today's match in La Jolla is at 11 a.m. on the campus of UC San Diego. The Tritons have won six straight CCAA championships dating back to 2004. UCSD had a 65-conference match winning streak snapped earlier this month by Cal Poly Pomona, opening the opportunity for Cal State Stanislaus to take over the crown.
Also on the line for the Warriors is an opportunity to move up in the regional rankings to better position themselves for the NCAA tournament. Stanislaus is currently ranked No. 4 in the West Region, behind No. 3 UC San Diego. BYU Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific are the top two teams in the region.
On Friday, the Warriors swept through doubles play in three closely contested sets. Top group Verena Preikschas and Katie Eng improved to 9-0 with an 8-5 win over Jillian Sangria and Adriana Espinosa. Vanesa Reibstein and Brianna McClintock then won their fourth straight with an 8-6 win over Dora Kiss and Linda Majzlikova, 8-6. At No. 3 doubles, Lexy Harrington and Arina Polovnikova defeated Lana Lamesic and Marine Prevost, 8-5.
In singles competition, Reibstein, Eng, Polovnikova and Erin McGurty all won their respective matches to give the Warriors the 7-2 victory over the Golden Eagles (8-10, 3-7 CCAA).
Reibstein disposed Majzlikova 6-0, 6-4 and Eng beat Sangria in a narrow victory, 7-5, 7-5. Polovnikova took cared of Espinosa in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, and McGurty was a winner over Prevost, 6-3, 6-4.
Kiss defeated Preikschas at No. 1 for the second time this season with a 6-4, 6-2 win.
The last time the Warriors faced UC San Diego was in Turlock to start the conference season. UCSD narrowly won that match 5-4 on Feb. 20.