April 30, 2010

Matadors Fall to Cal Poly at Big West Championships

April 30, 2010


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The Cal State Northridge women's tennis team (12-8, 4-5 Big West) lost 4-1 to Cal Poly in the quaterfinals of the Big West Championships Friday afternoon. Sophomore Nigora Sirojiddinova won the only point of the match for CSUN, improving her final season record to a team-best 16-3 in singles play.

Northridge, which was seeded fifth in the event, lost for the second time this season to Cal Poly. Earlier in the season, the Mustangs posted a 6-1 victory over the Matadors in San Luis Obispo.

Friday, CP jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after winning the first two doubles matches to finish. Steffi Wong and Alexa Lee defeated Nina Jaworowski and Whitney Paluch, 8-4, in the No. 2 match. Diane Filip and Ashley Pane then posted an 8-1 victory over Maria Pistalu and Sirojiddinova in the No. 3 match.

In singles action, Brooke Doane lost her No. 2 match to Suzie Matzenauer, 6-2 and 6-3. Cal Poly took the second singles point when Jocelyn Davis posted a 6-3, 7-5 win over Anna Yang. Doane finished the year with a 9-11 mark, competing primarily at No. 1 and No. 2 draws. Yang concluded her rookie season with an 11-8 mark in singles play.

Sirojiddinova was the third to finish, posting a 6-1, 2-6 and 6-0 victory over Steffi Wong at No. 3. Her .842 winning percentage for the season ranks fourth in school history for a single season. She is now 30-13 for her career in singles action.

The Mustangs closed out the match when Brittany Blalock posted a 7-6 (2), 6-1 victory over Jaworowski in the No. 1 draw. Jaworowski finished the year with an 8-10 singles record in her third season at CSUN.

Although she didn't finish her singles match, the loss concluded the Northridge career of Paluch. A junior from South Dakota, Paluch will graduate early this spring with a degree in Psychology. She finished 2010 with an 8-11 mark in singles play.

Pistalu was the other Matador not to finish her singles match. She finished the year with a 13-4 singles record.

The Matadors 12-8 record in 2010 included several strong victories, including wins over Hawai'i, nationally ranked Washington State and a 4-3 Big West road victory over Pacific.

Looking ahead, CSUN returns a strong team in 2011, headlined by the senior seasons for Doane and Jaworowski. Sirojiddinova, Pistalu and Yang will also look to further their development for head coach Gary Victor.

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