No. 13 Miami Defeats CSUN 7-0 in Season Opener

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's tennis team (0-1) lost 7-0 to No. 13 Miami Saturday morning in Coral Gables, Fla., as part of the ITA Kickoff Weekend. Against the nationally ranked Hurricanes, the Matadors' Jennifer Sher, Anna Yang and Lorraine Cheung all pushed their respective singles matches to a decisive third set before ultimately falling. 

Sher, a 2011 All-Big West First Team selection in both singles and doubles, won her first set of the season 6-0 over Anna Bartenstein of Miami. However, the UM player would quickly responded and post a similar frame to win the second set and then lost just once in the third set. 

Playing at No. 5, Yang rallied from down a set to win the second 6-4 over Liat Zimmerman. The two then played a tiebreaker to ten, where Zimmerman prevailed 10-1. At No. 6, Cheung suffered a similar fate, winning the second set 6-4, to force a third set tiebreaker where she left 10-5. 

In other singles action, Nigora Sirojiddinova, Maria Pistalu and Sabrina Man-Son-Hing all lost in straight sets.

In doubles action, Pistalu and Cheung lost 8-5 in their No. 3 contest and Sirojiddinova and Yang fell 8-6 in their No. 2 contest. Man-Son-Hing and Sher did not finish their No. 1 draw, though the duo was up 7-5 when their match was stopped because Miami had claimed the doubles point.. 

Up next for the Matadors is a familiar face amidst the tropical paradise of Miami: Big West rival UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos carry in a national ranking (No. 62) and lost to South Florida in the other contest Saturday at Miami. 

CSUN and UCSB will square off Sunday morning on Jan. 29. The match will not be reflected in either team's Big West records and is considered a non-conference contest since it is part of the ITA Kickoff Weekend. 

2011-12 University of Miami Women's Tennis
Cal State Northridge vs Miami (Fla.) (Jan 28, 2012)

#13 Miami (Fla.) 7, Cal State Northridge 0
Jan 28, 2012 at Coral Gables, Fla. (Neil Schiff Tennis Center) 

1. Anna Bartenstein (UM) def. Jennifer Sher (CSN) 0-6, 6-0, 6-1 
2. Gabriela Mejia (UM) def. Nigora Sirojiddinova (CSN) 6-1, 6-0 
3. Lina Lileikite (UM) def. Sabrina Man-Son-Hing (CSN) 6-1, 6-1 
4. Melissa Bolivar (UM) def. Maria Pistalui (CSN) 6-4, 6-1 
5. Liat Zimmerman (UM) def. Anna Yang (CSN) 6-3, 4-6, 10-1 
6. Brittany Dubins (UM) def. Lorraine Cheung (CSN) 6-1, 3-6, 10-5 


1. Anna Bartenstein/Brittany Dubins (UM) vs. Jennifer Sher/Sabrina Man-Son-Hing (CSN) unfinished 

2. Melissa Bolivar/Liat Zimmerman (UM) def. Nigora Sirojiddinova/Anna Yang (CSN) 8-6 

3. Gabriela Mejia/Lina Lileikite (UM) def. Maria Pistalu/Lorraine Cheung (CSN) 8-5 

Match Notes 
Cal State Northridge 0-1
Miami (Fla.) 1-0; National ranking #13 
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,2,4,1,5,6) 
ITA Kick-Off Weekend