Matador Tennis Falls 4-1 to UC Irvine in Big West Quarterfinals
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge women's tennis team (12-9) lost 4-1 to UC Irvine in a quarterfinal match at the Big West Tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. Sabrina Man-Son-Hing scored the Matadors' only point on the day, winning her fourth-seeded singles contest in straight sets.
The sixth seed entering the tournament, CSUN fell behind 1-0 after losing the two doubles matches to finish. Nigora Sirojiddinova and Anna Yang lost 8-3 to Franziska Goettsching and Kristina Smith at No. 2 and Jennifer Sher and Man-Son-Hing lost 8-6 at No. 1 to give UCI an early advantage.
As a doubles team, Sirojiddinova and Yang finished 10-10 on the year while Sher and Man-Son-Hing dropped to 14-6.
In singles play, Sher was the first Northridge player to fall, losing in straight sets in the top draw. She ended her senior season with a 14-7 overall record, all at the No. 1 draw.
Man-Son-Hing finished next, posting a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Kat Facey to improve to 7-12 on the season. She ended her second year at Northridge having won three of her last four singles contests.
UC Irvine then clinched the match by claiming victories at the No. 3 and No. 4 draw. Sirojiddinova lost 6-3, 6-2 to Courtney Byron to fall to 10-10 on the year. Yang lost 6-2, 6-4 to Goettsching to end the match and leave her with a season mark of 12-8 in singles play.
The loss marks the end of the CSUN careers for two Matador seniors, Sher and Sirojiddinova.
In her two seasons as a Matador, Sher posted a 31-12 (.721) record, the fourth-best singles winning percentage in school history. She also had a 35-9 doubles mark (.795), the second-best doubles winning percentage in school history.
Sirojiddinova leaves CSUN after four seasons and posted a 51-35 career record in singles (.593) and the 51 singles wins are the eighth-most in school history. She also recorded a career doubles record of 47-32 (.595), with the 47 wins tying her four fourth in school history and the winning percentage ranking eighth in school history.