Maria Pistalu Named Big West Women's Tennis Player of the Week

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

Cal State Northridge senior Maria Pistalu was named the Big West Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday. Pistalu compiled a perfect 3-0 record in No. 1 singles action and 3-0 mark in No. 2 doubles play last week for the Matadors. 

A senior from Munich, Germany, Pistalu has become one of the toughest players in the Big West according to her head coach Gary Victor. Last week she picked up a pair of three-set decision, including the match-winning point in a win over Pacific. 

She also took a straight-set decision against Stetson and is now 6-3 on the season and 3-1 in the Big West Conference. The victory over Pacific marked her fifth-straight victory. 

In doubles play, Pistalu teamed with junior Lorraine Cheung to go 3-0 in No. 2 doubles play. The tandem lost no more than five games in any of the three victories and are 8-1 on the year. Pistalu and Cheung have won seven-straight matches. 

This is the first career Big West weekly award for Pistalu, who earned All-Big West Doubles Honorable Mention honors in 2011. For her career, Pistalu is 47-16 in doubles play and 41-23 in singles competition. 

Pistalu and the Matadors return to the courts on Thursday, March 14 with a home match against New Mexico. First serve is slated for 2 p.m.

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