June 6, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
For the second-straight year, the Cal State Northridge women's tennis program earned the Big West Spring Sportsmanship award, the league office has announced. The Sportsmanship Award is voted upon by the respective student-athletes in each of the Big West's 16 championship sports and winning teams are honored with commemorative tee shirts.
"It means a lot to our program to be recognized by the other teams in the league," CSUN head coach Gary Victor said. "We strive to find a balance for our student-athletes between their academic and athletic missions while on campus. This award upholds my belief that our club has respect for the sport, their opponents and for the opportunities they have to compete."
Northridge fielded a team of 11 student-athletes during their competitive season in the spring of 2011. That total included two seniors, two juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen. CSUN competed in a total of 26 dual matches.
As a team, CSUN finished the season 16-10 overall and 3-5 during the Big West season. The league's seventh seed, the Matadors upset No. 36 and second-seeded Cal Poly in the Big West Championship quarterfinals on April 29. The team also picked up impressive victories over San Diego State, Nevada, LMU, Columbia and Pacific.
Following the season, Northridge received five conference honors and was the only league school to place two singles players on the All-Big West First Team.
Senior Brooke Doane, the school's all-time leader in doubles wins and doubles winning percentage, earned three awards, including her third-straight All-Big West Doubles First Team honors for her play with Jennifer Sher.
As a tandem, Sher and Doane finished the season 16-2 with all of those decisions coming at the No. 1 draw. The duo finished a perfect 6-0 against league foes and posted notable victories over Arizona, Long Beach State, San Diego State, Dartmouth, LMU and Cal Poly.
In fact, both Doane and Sher tied a school record by finishing with 21 individual doubles wins in the 2011 season. For the year, Doane was 21-5 in doubles competition while Sher was a sterling 21-3. For her career, Doane leaves CSUN with a doubles record of 71-15 (.826).
Even more amazing about Doane's doubles work this year was that she earned a second award in 2011, receiving All-Big West Doubles Honorable Mention with Maria Pistalu. As a tandem, the two finished 4-1 in doubles play for the season and 2-0 against Big West opponents. Their notable wins were league victories over UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine.
Moving to singles action, Doane and Sher both picked up All-Big West Singles First Team honors, the only pair of teammates in the conference to receive the distinction in 2011.
In her final season at Northridge, Doane was 11-13 overall and 4-4 against Big West opponents, playing predominantly at the top draw. She picked up notable victories over Nevada, Long Beach State, Dartmouth, UC Irvine and Cal Poly. Doane leaves CSUN with a 44-40 career singles record and she also earned All-Big West Singles Second Team honors in 2010.
Sher played primarily at No. 2 singles on the season and finished her first year at Northridge with a 17-5 record. The 17 singles wins were the most by a Matador individual in 2011 and she wracked up notable victories over Cal Poly twice, UC Davis, San Diego State, UC Santa Barbara and LMU. Sher also earned Big West Athlete of the Week honors twice during the season.
For Victor, 2011 represented his 14th season at the helm of the program and he now owns a career record of 197-144 (.578). In his tenure at CSUN, Victor has now had 35 all-league singles and 17 All-Big West Doubles selections.