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Big Green Drop Non-Conference Battle to Aztecs

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By Mark Washburn
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SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – On the third stop of its California spring trip, the Dartmouth women’s tennis team dropped a hard fought match to San Diego State, 5-2, at the Aztec Tennis Center on Friday evening.

The Big Green (7-3) suffered their second loss of the road trip, while the Aztecs (9-4) won their second straight.

In doubles action, Dartmouth took just one of the three matches as Katherine Yau and Akiko Okuda topped Laura Antonana Iriarte and Michela Casanova, 8-1. The duo have now won back-to-back matches at No. 1.

In singles action, the Aztecs pulled away taking four of the six matches to seal the victory. Janet Liu and Melissa Matsuoka won their matches for the Big Green at the No. 2 and No. 5 spots, respectively. Matsuoka took her match in straight sets, while Liu won after her opponent retired before the start of the second set.

Dartmouth wraps up the Golden State road swing on March 23 as it squares off with Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles.

No. 57 San Diego State 5, Dartmouth 2


1. Katherine Yau/Akiko Okuda (DC) def. Laura Antonana Iriarte/Michela Casanova (SDSU) - 8-1

2. Julia Wais/Kristin Buth (SDSU) def. Sarah Bessen/Melissa Matsuoka (DC) - 8-6

3. Alicia Aguilar/Isabelle Hoorn (SDSU) def. Janet Liu/Suzy Tan (DC) - 8-4

(Order of finish: 1, 3, 2)

1. Julia Wais (SDSU) def. Sarah Leonard (DC) - 6-0, 7-6 (1)

2. Janet Liu (DC) def. Alicia Aguilar (SDSU) - 6-1, ret.

3. Laura Antonana Iriarte (SDSU) def. Katherine Yau (DC) - 1-6, 6-2, 6-3

4. Kristin Buth (SDSU) def. Akiko Okuda (DC) - 6-3, 6-1

5. Melissa Matsuoka (DC) def. Tami Nguyen (SDSU) - 6-3, 6-2

6. Michela Casanova (SDSU) def. Sarah Bessen (DC) - 6-4, 0-6, 7-5

(Order of finish: 2, 4, 1, 5, 3, 6)