Sher and Cheung Win Singles, but CSUN Falls 5-2 to UC Santa Barbara

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's tennis team (6-5, 2-2 Big West Conference) lost 5-2 to UC Santa Barbara Sunday afternoon in a Big West Conference Match in Santa Barbara. Jennifer Sher and Lorraine Cheung won singles matches, but the Matadors lost the doubles point and three singles matches in straight sets in a rematch with the Gauchos.

Having defeated UCSB during the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Miami, Fla., Northridge hoped to rekindle that performance on a trip up the California coast. Unfortunately, the Matadors nearly rallied for the doubles point but fell at the very end.

CSUN Head Coach Gary Victor switched his No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams to and got a win and a loss. Lorraine Cheung and Maria Pistalu won 8-3 in the second draw, but Nigora Sirojiddinova and Anna Yang lost 8-3 in the third contest.

In the decisive match, the Matador tandem of Sher and Sabrina Man-Son-Hing rallied from down 7-2 to even the No. 1 match at 7-7. However, the Gauchos took the next two games to win the match and take the doubles point. 

In singles, Sher posted a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Natalia Lozano in the No. 1 contest to improve to 7-4 overall and 3-1 in league matches during the 2012 campaign. 

Cheung was the other Matador to win Sunday, winning 6-2 and 6-4 over Jordan Dockendorf in the No. 6 draw. Cheung, a sophomore, improved to 6-4 overall and 2-0 in Big West play in singles play. 

In the other matches, Sirojiddinova, Yang and Pistalu all fell in straight sets as UCSB took the league victory. Man-Son-Hing won the first set of her third draw, but lost in a third set tiebreaker. 

CSUN has four matches in the week ahead. On Mar. 16, the Matadors take on Portland at noon. The next day, CSUN faces Dartmouth at 1 p.m., and then faces both CSU Bakersfield and Boudoin College on Mar. 18 starting at 11 a.m. All contests will be played at the Matador Tennis Complex.  


Mar. 11, 2012

Santa Babara, Calif.


1. Lozano/Dockendorf (UCSB) def. Sher/Man-Son-Hing (CSUN): 9-7

2. Cheung/Pistalu (CSUN) def. Novak/Cano (UCSB): 8-3

3. Meehan/Scatliffe (UCSB) def. Yang/Sirojiddinova (CSUN): 8-3


1. Sher (CSUN) def. Lozano (UCSB): 6-3, 6-3

2. Novak (UCSB) def. Sirojiddinova (CSUN): 7-6, 6-4

3. Scattlife (UCSB) def. Man-Son-Hing (CSUN): 4-6, 6-4, 10-4

4. Meehan (UCSB) def. Pistalu (CSUN): 6-2, 6-1

5. Cos (UCSB) def. Yang (CSUN): 6-4, 6-4

6. Cheung (CSUN) def. Dockendork (UCSB): 6-2, 6-4