March 24, 2010

No. 38 Dartmouth Downs Northridge, 5-2

March 24, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge tennis team (7-4) fell 5-2 to No. 38 Dartmouth Wednesday night at the Matador Tennis Complex. The Matadors took the doubles point thanks to victories at No. 2 and No. 3, while freshman Anna Yang captured the only singles point for CSUN.

For the second-straight year, the Big Green came to the San Fernando Valley and defeated Northridge. Last year, Darthmouth snapped a CSUN six-match winning streak with a 6-1 victory on Mar. 25, 2009.

Wednesday, Northridge was able to add a point to their finial total, winning the doubles with victories at the second and third draw.

Nina Jaworowski and Whitney Paluch took down the tandem of Sarah Leonard and Carissa King, 8-3, at No. 2 to improve their season record to 7-3. Maria Pistalu and Nigora Sirojiddinova then took their third-seeded match, 8-6. That pair is now 7-2 on the season.

Yang captured the other Matador victory, topping Georgiana Smyser in the No. 5 singles match, 6-2 and 6-1. A rookie from San Diego, Yang is 7-4 on the year in singles play.

She has played at the top doubles position with Brooke Doane all season. The duo lost their match, 8-6, to Mary Beth Winingham and Molly Scott. Doane and Yang are now 7-3 in No. 1 doubles.

In other singles, the nationally ranked Big Green took two tough three-set decisions over Northridge. Paluch fell 2-6, 6-4 and 6-4 to Winingham at No. 3 and Pistalu lost at No. 6 to Ryan Reichel, 7-6, 6-7 and 7-5. Paluch is 5-5 on the year and Pistalu is now 8-3.

Doane lost her top-seeded singles match to Scott, 6-3 and 6-2. In the No. 2 draw, Jaworowski lost to Leonard 6-0 and 7-6 (3). Both fell to 6-5 on the season in singles play.

Sirojiddinova saw her four-match winning streak snapped with a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Jesse Adler. She is now 8-2 on the year.

Northridge returns to action with an important Big West match at UC Santa Barbara on Mar. 28. First serve is slated for noon.

No. 38 Dartmouth 5, CSUN 2

Doubles

1. Winingham/Scott (DU) def. Doane/Yang (CSUN): 8-6

2. Jaworowski/Paluch (CSUN) def. Leonard/King (DU): 8-3

3. Pistalu/Sirojiddinova (CSUN) def. Adler/Smyser (DU): 8-6

Singles

1. Molly Scott (DU) def. Brooke Doane (CSUN): 6-3, 6-2

2. Sarah Leonard (DU) def. Nina Jaworowski (CSUN): 6-0, 7-6 (3)

3. Mary Beth Winingham (DU) def. Whitney Paluch (CSUN): 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

4. Jesse Adler (DU) def. Nigora Sirojiddinova (CSUN): 6-1, 6-3

5. Anna Yang (CSUN) def. Georgiana Smyser (DU): 6-2, 6-1

6. Ryan Reichel (DU) def. Maria Pistalu (CSUN): 7-6, 6-7, 7-5

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