No. 35 Sonoma State gets first win against UC San Diego after 26 losses
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. -- After losing two of the three doubles matches, Sonoma State rallied to sweep all six singles matches and capture its first victory against UC San Diego in the history of SSU's program; a 7-2 triumph to snap an 0-26 skid against UCSD. The 35th-ranked Seawolves have now won eight consecutive matches, rising to 12-4 this season. The Tritons, ranked at No. 17 in the most recent ITA Division II Poll, fell to 7-11 on the year.
The pairing of Leire Martinez and Lauren Ha at No. 2 doubles got Sonoma State off to a quick lead after dispatching their opponents 8-2, but UC San Diego overcame a couple of back-and-forth battles at No. 1 and No. 3 to give the visiting Triton squad a 2-1 overall match lead going into singles play.
It was then that the Seawolves flexed their muscle and clinched the match victory with four straight-set wins. Martinez made quick work of UCSD's Paula Chou at No. 2 (6-4, 6-0) before Budge walked off the court with a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 5 against Shannon Theisen. Celma, who is ranked as the No. 8 singles player in Division II, continued to dominate her opponents, knocking off 26th-ranked Kyra Scott (7-6, 6-1) at No. 1 singles, before Ha scored the Seawolves' fifth point to secure the match win with a 7-5, 6-2 victory at No. 6 singles. Haithcock and Johnson both won their first set, lost the second, but rallied to take the third set and two more wins for Sonoma State.
Celma remains unblemished at 13-0 in dual matches in 2014 and, dating back to the fall tournaments, and 20-3 overall this season, matching last year's record-breaking campaign to sport a 40-6 career record at SSU. Martinez has won 13 consecutive matches in singles play, improving to 14-1 on the year. Johnson, Budge and Ha all have won seven consecutive matches and Haithcock extended her win streak to six.