No. 11 Women's Tennis Takes Down No. 17 UCSD
Nina Gajdosikova. Photo by Rob Garcia.
A clash of top-20 teams on March 27 went the way of the Academy of Art University women’s tennis team, as the No. 11-ranked Urban Knights took down No. 17 UC San Diego at the San Francisco Tennis Club.
The Urban Knights swept through the doubles competition in about 60 minutes to take an early 3–0 lead and never look back. They clinched the match over the Tritons (11–8) early after taking a 5–0 advantage thanks to a 6–0, 6–0 sweep at No. 6 singles by junior Annika Schneider (Graphic Design) and a win by retirement for No. 48-ranked singles player senior Nina Gajdosikova (Graphic Design) over No. 8 Kyra Scott at No. 1.
Junior Michelle Dandik Zaale (Fashion Design) prevailed in a tough opening set at No. 3 singles, winning 7–5 before wrapping up her victory over Britta Mosser with a 6–1 triumph in set two. Senior Jenny Johansson (Fashion Design) came away with a 6–0, 6–1 win over Nava Nowamooz at No. 4.
Dorota Markowska. Photo by Rob Garcia.
Freshman Dorota Markowska (Advertising) played the longest singles match of the day at No. 5. After winning the first set 6–2 she fell to UCSD’s Nousha Nowamooz in the second, 2–6. The two then played 16 points of a tiebreaker before Markowska came away with the 10–6 win.
Markowska stayed undefeated at doubles with partner Dandik Zaale, as the duo moved to 3–0 on the year with an 8–4 win at No. 3. The team of Gajdosikova and Schneider also stayed undefeated this spring, winning 8–5 at No. 1 doubles over UCSD’s No. 14-ranked team of Scott and Mosser. Junior Lucia Zavarcikova (Motion Pictures & Television) teamed with Johansson to win 8–4 at No. 2, making the pair 4–1 this spring.