April 19, 2011

Matador Minute with Senior Brooke Doane - Women's Tennis

April 19, 2011

Recently, Brooke Doane of the CSUN tennis team sat down with the media relations department to talk about the Matadors' upcoming participation in the Big West Championships and to reflect on her four seasons at Northridge.

Doane will depart Northridge having left quite a mark in the school's record books. At 19-4 on the season and 69-14 (.831) for her career, Doane is the school record holder in both career doubles victories and career doubles winning percentage. She has earned All-Big West Doubles Team honors following her first three years, including First Team accolades the past two years, and appears en route to earning it again in 2011.

In singles action, Doane has been playing some of her best tennis lately. Before a loss to LMU, she had won seven-straight singles matches. For the year, Doane is 10-11 and 43-38 (.531) for her career. She earned All-Big West Singles Second Team honors in 2010.

How does it feel to be on the verge of the final home match (April 23 vs. Pacific) in your Northridge playing career?
"It's definitely bittersweet. I feel like the last four years have really gone by quickly. Although it will be nice to get some time off from tennis when the season is done, I am sure it won't be too long before I am right back out there. For me, tennis is a life sport and something I will continue to do throughout my life."

What are your goals for yourself and the team heading into the Pacific match and the Big West Tournament?
"Although we are locked in as the seventh seed in the Big West Tournament, we certainly want to do our best against Pacific. I think it's a match that we can win and if we do, I think it will give us some confidence and get us on a roll entering the tournament. As the seven seed, we are going to face Cal Poly in the first round of the tournament I think the match represents a chance for us to get some redemption. The Mustangs are an excellent team, but I feel like our team has really developed and matured since we last saw them. I also think facing them on a neutral court will help.

How does it feel to leave Northridge as the school record holder in so many doubles categories?
"Honestly, I did not realize that I had broken all those records. But it certainly feels great and I want to thank all the partners I've had throughout the years because without them, none of this would be possible."

Can you share with us one of your favorite memories off the court about CSUN tennis?
"I think some our best stories happen on roadtrips. Two years ago, we started a tradition of having a food fight between the team's two minivans. On a trip to Orange County, we got into a big food fight and one of the girls got a little overexcited and threw mayonnaise on another girl's sweater. While she was none too pleased about getting mayo all over a nice sweatshirt, I thought it was absolutely hilarious."

What have you learned about life and about tennis working with CSUN head coach Gary Victor for the past four years?
"I would definitely say I have grown as a person and player while working with Coach Victor. He has helped me develop some great leadership skills and a tremendous work ethic. Most importantly, he has helped me really grow to love the game of tennis."

As a biochemistry major, what are your future plans?
"Well, I'll need a fifth year of courses to finish up my degree at CSUN. Until recently, I had given a lot of though into going into pharmacy. Now, I am considering doing something related to sports marketing."

What has been your favorite part of being a student-athlete at Northridge?
"I have really loved being a student-athlete at Cal State Northridge. There is a great atmosphere surrounding the athletics and I feel like all the athletes belong to one giant family. I have also enjoyed all the various trips we've taken and all the people I've have a chance to meet."

Do you have any final thoughts to share?
"I want to say that this year has been my favorite at CSUN. We have a really strong team and all really get along. We are able to laugh during the tough times and everyone cares about each other. This has been a very fun year."