NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge women's tennis team (8-3, 3-2 Big West) defeated UC Davis 4-3 Sunday afternoon in a Big West Conference match at Matador Tennis Complex. The Matadors continued their strong doubles play, took two straight-set victories in singles and watched junior Lorraine Cheung battle for a three-set victory to clinch the victory.
The Matadors have now won six of their past seven and three straight against league opponents. CSUN head coach Gary Victor was thrilled with the Matadors' performance against a formidable UC Davis squad.
"We fought for every point Sunday," Victor said. "UC Davis is an outstanding team, but we had some outstanding performances. Jessica Warrenplayed her best match of the season. She continues to get tougher each week and she is learning from our upperclassmen."
Victor was especially proud of Cheung and her three-set victory to clinch the match.
"If I had one player in the 16 years that I have coached with James Ciuffo to be in a deciding match, it would be Lorraine," Victor said.
The match started with the Matadors winning two of the three doubles contests to take a 1-0 lead. Seniors Anna Yang and Sabrina Man-Son-Hing are now 11-0 on the year, all at the No. 1 draw, after an 8-1 victory.
The Aggies won the third draw, making the No. 2 doubles match the deciding point. After trailing 3-0, Cheung and Maria Pistalu rallied for an 8-6 victory and are now 10-1 on the year.
In singles action, UCD won in straight sets at No. 1, No. 3 and and No. 5. However, strong performances from Yang and Warren tied the match at 3-3. Both won in straight sets at No. 2 and No. 6, respectively.
Finally, Cheung delivered a three-set victory at the fourth draw to lift CSUN to the victory. She took the decisive set 6-2 and take her sixth-straight decision.
Northridge returns to action on Mar. 19 with a home match against Dartmouth. First serve is slated for 1 p.m.
CSUN 4 UC Davis 3
1. Yang/Man-Son-Hing (CSUN) def. Edles/Pham (UCD): 8-1
2. Pistalu/Cheung (CSUN) def. Koehly/Sanders (UCD): 8-6
3. Heneghan/Kobayakawa (UCD) def. Schnyder/Warren (CSUN): 8-2
1. Heneghan (UCD) def. Pistalu (CSUN): 7-6 (0), 6-3
2. Yang (CSUN) def. Sanders (UCD): 6-0, 6-4
3. Curry (UCD) def. Man-Son-Hing (CSUN): 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4)
4. Cheung (CSUN) def. Kobayakawa (UCD): 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
5. Edles (UCD) def. Schnyder (CSUN): 6-2, 6-2
6. Warren (CSUN) def. Koehly (UCD): 6-2, 6-2