April 30, 2011

Matadors Fall 4-1 to No. 59 UC Irvine in Big West Semifinals

April 30, 2011

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

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The Cal State Northridge women's tennis team (16-10) lost 4-1 to No. 59 UC Irvine in a Big West Championship semifinal match Saturday afternoon in Indian Wells, Calif. Sophomore Maria Pistalu picked up a point for the Matadors with a singles victory, but CSUN could not oust their second-straight nationally ranked foe and saw its season end.

UC Irvine started off quickly, winning two of the three doubles contests to earn the match's first point. Actually, CSUN's No. 3 team, Anna Yang and Nigora Sirojiddinova, were the first to finish, posting an 8-3 victory. That improved the duo's record to 9-2 on the season.

However, the Anteaters took the two top seeded doubles matches to earn the point. Both the Matadors' No. 1 team (Brooke Doane and Jennifer Sher) and No. 2 Team (Sabrian Man-Son-Hing and Pistalu) fell 8-5 to UCI.

In singles action, Northridge again won the first match. Pistalu finished the year at 13-6 after posting a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Brooke Schweyer in the No. 5 singles match. The sophomore from Munich, Germany is now 26-10 in her two-year singles career at Northridge.

And again, the Anteaters rallied to take the next three contests and seal a berth in the championship match. Doane lost at No. 1, Nina Jaworowski lost at No. 3 and Nigora Sirojiddinova lost at No.4 for Northridge in straight sets.

The loss ends the 2011 season for the Matadors and the careers of two of the more accomplished players in school history, Doane and Jaworowski.

Doane leaves CSUN as the school's all-time leader in doubles wins and winning percentage after going 71-15 (.826) in her four seasons. In her senior season, she finished 21-4 in doubles play, tying a school record, and a perfect 8-0 during the league season.

Jaworowski endured a tough senior season, but departs CSUN with numerous awards to her credit. She has received All-Big West Singles Second Team honors the past two seasons and also earned Honorable Mention for her doubles work in 2011.

UC Irvine will face Long Beach State for the fourth-straight year in the Big West Championships on Sunday, May 1.

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