May 1, 2012

Four Matadors Earn All-Big West Women's Tennis Honors

Complete 2012 All-Big West Women's Tennis Team in PDF Format

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's tennis team had four of its members recognized by the Big West Conference coaches and earn a place on the 2012 All-Big West Team. Senior Jennifer Sher received First Team honors in both singles and doubles for the second-straight year while Nigora Sirojiddinova earned Honorable Mention honors in both singles and doubles. Finally, Anna Yang and Sabrina Man-Son-Hing received Doubles Honorable Mention accolades. 

Sher capped off a spectacular two-year run with the Matadors by receiving a pair of First Team awards. In singles play, Sher finished 14-7 overall and 5-3 against Big West opposition, competing solely at the No. 1 draw. She earned two Big West Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week awards during 2012 and recorded impressive singles wins over SDSU, LMU, Pacific, UC Davis and two over UC Santa Barbara.

"These awards really cap off a great two-year run by Jennifer as a Matador," CSUN head coach Gary Victor said. "She has been one of the best people and players we've ever had in our program and I could not be happier for her." 

In doubles, Sher and Man-Son-Hing earned All-Big West First Team honors after compiling a 14-6 overall record and a 5-3 mark in league play. All their decisions came at the top draw and the tandem posted wins over UCSB, Gonzaga, UCI, SDSU, LMU, UCD and Pacific among others.

"I think it's fantastic to see Jennifer and Sabrina receive this award," Victor added. "Sabrina put in a tremendous amount of work this year and it is great to see her rewarded for that effort." 

In her two seasons as a Matador, Sher posted a 31-12 (.721) record, the fourth-best singles winning percentage in school history. She also had a 35-9 doubles mark (.795), the second-best doubles winning percentage in school history. 

Not to be outdone, Sirojiddinova ended her CSUN career with a pair of awards as well. Competing entirely at the No. 2 draw all season, Sirojiddinova posted a 10-10 overall record and a 3-5 mark against league opposition. She notched notable wins over Long Beach State, Portland, Gonzaga, LMU and San Diego State.

"I am very happy that Nigora got this recognition after a solid season and a good four-year campaign," Victor said. "Nigora really increased her commitment level and became a team leader this year." 

In doubles play, Sirojiddinova and Yang earned Honorable Mention honors after the duo finished the year 10-10 overall and 5-3 against Big West opponents. The tandem recorded victories over UCSB, Gonzaga, UCI, Pacific and Cal Poly to name a few.

"Anna had an outstanding year in both singles and doubles play and it is great to see her receive this award," Victor said. 

Sirojiddinova leaves CSUN after four seasons and posted a 51-35 career record in singles (.593) and the 51 singles wins are the eighth-most in school history. She also recorded a career doubles record of 47-32 (.595), with the 47 wins tying her for fourth in school history and the winning percentage ranking eighth in school history. 

In all, Northridge posted a 12-9 overall record and a 3-5 mark in the Big West for a sixth-place finish. For Victor, who finished his 15th season at the helm and recorded his 200th career dual match victory during the season, the success was a product of the student-athletes excelling in new roles.

"One of the biggest keys to our success this year was the way several of our student-athletes amped up their productivity," Victor concluded. "Anna and Sabrina really raised their level of play throughout the season and that was key to us having a solid season. I also want to credit our strength and conditioning coach Jeff Crelling and our athletic trainer Dunford Rodill for keeping this team strong and healthy throughout the season. Overall, it was good season and this was a fun group to work with on and off the court."

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