NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
For the second time this season, Cal State Northridge freshman Vivian Lin has been named the Big West Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday. Originally from Hong Kong, Lin picked up impressive victories over Long Beach State in No. 1 singles and doubles play.
One of several newcomers making an immediate impact for the Matadors, Lin nearly helped lead CSUN to an upset of the nationally ranked 49ers. In helping CSUN win the doubles point, Lin and Criss Rodriguez posted an 8-3 victory to improve to 5-1 overall and 2-1 against Big West foes.
In singles play, Lin rallied from a set down to defeat LBSU's Ebba Unden 2-6, 7-6 (2) and 7-6 (6). She is now 5-1 in singles play and 3-0 against conference opponents. The match lasted over three hours and Lin had to overcome cramping in both legs to secure the victory.
"I don't think about winning or losing when I play. I just want to play my best and keep fighting until the end," Lin said. "After I was down a set, I never thought about giving up. I wanted to keep fighting so that I would have no regrets about the match. My teammates kept cheering my on, so I wanted to keep trying and not disappoint my teammates, my coaches or myself."
This is the second time this season that Lin has won the conference's weekly award. She also earned the honors after helping CSUN pick up victories over Westmont and Air Force during the opening weekend of the year.
CSUN head coach Gary Victor has been impressed with the impact Lin has had on the team in just her first season.
"Vivan and Criss have really solidified the top doubles spot. In many ways, she is sharing this award with Criss for taking down the top doubles team in the Big West," Victor said. "Vivian has shown a lot maturity and toughness and her love for the game has grown. She understands a little more about her love for tennis then she did in fall."
The Matadors return to action on Thursday, March 6 with a home contest against Florida International University. First serve is slated for 2 p.m.