Northridge Tennis Topples No. 60 Washington State, 4-3

March 16, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's tennis team (6-3) defeated No. 60 Washington State, 4-3, in San Diego Tuesday afternoon. Freshmen Anna Yang and Maria Pistalu rallied to win their singles matches to give Northridge its first victory over a ranked team this year.

Yang, who won 6-0, 0-6 and 7-6 (5), rallied to overcome four separate match points in her No. 5 match against Marina Nicolas. She is now 6-3 on the season for the Matadors.

Pistalu then clinched the victory for CSUN, winning 4-6, 6-3 and 6-2 over Jessica Gomez in her No. 6 match. She is now 7-2 in singles play in her first season with Northridge.

The other Matador to win in singles was Nigora Sirojiddinova. She improved to 7-1 on the season with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Andjela Kankaras in the No. 4 match.

The Matadors clinched the match by sweeping doubles play. Brooke Doane and Yang improved to 6-2 on the season with an 8-4 victory over Lea Jansen and Nicolas. All eight of their doubles matches have been at the No. 1 draw.

At the No. 2 draw, Nina Jaworowski and Whitney Paluch beat Liudmila Vasilieva and Ksenia Googe 8-3. The pair is now 6-2 on the season as well.

Finally, Pistalu and Sirojiddinova topped Elisabeth Fournier and Kankaras, 8-6, in the No. 3 match. They are 5-2 on the season.

Doane lost her No. 1 singles match to Vasilieva, 6-2 and 6-1. Jaworowski lost at No. 2 singles to Fournier, 6-2 and 6-4. Finally, Paluch fell to Googe, 6-2, 6-3, at the No. 3 singles draw. Doane is 5-4, Jaworowski is 6-3 and Paluch is 5-4 on the year in singles play.

The Matadors return to action Friday, Mar. 19 with a home date against Wyoming. First serve is slated for 1:30 p.m.

CSUN 4, No. 60 Washington State 3

Doubles:

1. Brooke Doane and Anna Yang (CSUN) def. Lea Jansen and Marina Nicolas (WSU) 8-4

2. Nina Jaworowski and Whitney Paluch def. Liudmila Vasilieva and Ksenia Googe (WSU) 8-3

3. Maria Pistalu and Nigora Sirojiddinova (CSUN) def. Elisabeth Fournier and Andjela Kankaras (WSU) 8-6

Order of Finish: 1,2,3

Singles:

1. Vasilieva (WSU) def. Doane (CSUN): 6-2, 6-1

2. Fournier (WSU) def. Jaworowski (CSUN): 6-2, 6-4

3. Googe (WSU) def. Paluch (CSUN): 6-2, 6-3

4. Sirojiddinova (CSUN) def. Kankaras (WSU): 6-4, 6-3

5. Yang (CSUN) def. Nicolas (WSU) 6-0, 0-6, 7-6 (5)

6. Pistalu (CSUN) def. Jessica Gomez (WSU): 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Order of FInish: 1,2,4,3,5,6

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