The Cal State Northridge women's tennis program released its 2011 schedule Tuesday, head coach Gary Victor announced. In addition to another tough season in a talented Big West Conference, the Matadors will make a trip to Coral Gables, Fla., to compete in the ITA Kickoff Weekend on the campus of the University of Miami.
During the preseason in the fall of 2011, CSUN will participate in several tournaments throughout California. The Matadors open competition at the San Diego State Invitational from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 on the campus of SDSU. The next weekend sees the team split up between the Fullerton and UCSB Invitational. The ITA Western Regionals are also in San Diego and run from Oct. 27 to Oct. 30.
CSUN continues the 2011 preseason by hosting the Matador Invitational at Northridge Tennis Complex from Nov. 11 to Nov. 13. Teams from throughout the region will descend upon the San Fernando Valley for a weekend of competitive tennis.
The final preseason tournament occurs right before the start of the dual match season. From Jan. 20 to Jan. 22, the Matadors will be at the Long Beach State Invitational.
From there, the Matadors open their 2012 dual-match season with a trip to the Sunshine State and a nationally prominent Hurricane tennis program at the ITA Kickoff Weekend. Following its match with Miami, CSUN will face either South Florida or UC Santa Barbara.
Among other highlights for the 2012 season are home, non-conference matches against Gonzaga (Feb. 11), Furman (Mar. 9), Portland (Mar. 16), Dartmouth (Mar. 17), Bowdoin College (Mar. 18), UTEP (Mar. 23) and Southern Utah (Mar. 31).
In conference play, Northridge will host Long Beach State (Feb. 18), UC Riverside (Feb. 25) and Cal Poly (April 15). The Matadors will travel to Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 5), UC Santa Barbara (Mar. 11), UC Irvine (April 1), UC Davis (April 4) and Pacific (April 5).
The 2011-12 season marks Victor's 15th season at the helm of the Matadors. He stands just three dual-match victories short of his 200th career victory, owning a career mark of 197-144. In 2011, Northridge finished 16-10 overall and made waves in the Big West Tournament by knocking off a nationally ranked Cal Poly squad in the tournament's quarterfinals.
The team returns All-Big West First Team Singles and Doubles selection Jennifer Sher and All-Big West Doubles Honorable Mention honoree Maria Pistalu. The team also expects big contributions from Nigora Sirojiddinova, Sabrina Man-Son-Hing, Lorraine Cheung and Ryma Korab in addition to several newcomers looking to make their mark in NCAA Division-I tennis.