Matadors Fall 5-2 to UC Irvine

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's tennis team (9-6, 2-3 Big West) lost 5-2 to UC Irvine Sunday afternoon in a Big West Conference match in Orange County. After sweeping the three doubles matches and jumping out to an early 1-0 lead, the Matadors could not keep the momentum going in singles play. 

CSUN went ahead 1-0 in the match after winning all three doubles contests. Sabrina Man-Son-Hing and Jennifer Sher improved to 10-4 at the No. 1 draw with an 8-2 victory. Nigora Sirojiddinova and Anna Yang moved to 8-6 with their 8-4 victory at the No. 2 draw and Maria Pistalu and Lorraine Cheung won 8-4 as well to improve to 8-4 on the year as a tandem.

However, the lead would be short lived as the Anteaters settled into a grove in singles play and won five of the six matches in straight sets. The only Matador to earn a point in singles was Yang, who won 6-2, 6-7 and 10-4 in her fifth-seeded draw. She is now 8-6 on the season in singles play and has won her last three matches. 

CSUN remains on the road for its next two contests, a pair of pivotal Big West contests. On April 4, the Matadors face UC Davis at 2 p.m, then take on Pacific on April 5 at 3:30 p.m. 

The Matadors' home finale is slated for April 15, a Big West match against Cal Poly at 11 a.m. 

#67 UC IRVINE 5, CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE 2

Sunday, April 1, 2012 - Irvine, Calif.
Anteater Tennis Stadium

Doubles

No. 1 - Man-Son-Hing/Sher (CSUN) def. Goettsching/Smith (UCI) -- 8-2
No. 2 - Sirojiddinova/Yang (CSUN) def. Byron/Holladay (UCI) -- 8-4
No. 3 - Cheung/Pistalu (CSUN) def. Facey/Facey (UCI) -- 8-4

Singles

No. 1 - Kristina Smith (UCI) def. Jennifer Sher (CSUN) -- 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 - Courtney Byron (UCI) def. Nigora Sirojiddinova (CSUN) -- 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 - Franziska Goettsching (UCI) def. Sabrina Man-Son-Hing (CSUN) -- 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 - Kat Facey (UCI) def. Maria Pistalu (CSUN) -- 6-1, 6-4
No. 5 - Anna Yang (CSUN) def. Stephanie Hammel (UCI) -- 6-2, 7-6
No. 6 - Marivick Mamiit (UCI) def. Lorraine Cheung (CSUN) -- 6-2, 6-2

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