NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
As the Cal State Northridge women's tennis team gets ready for its upcoming 2014 season, the Matadors are hoping their busy winter slate of activities gets them amped for competition. CSUN participated in multiple volunteer projects to help spread the holiday spirit to those in need.
Like many CSUN athletic programs, the Matadors spent time reading to young children at Granada Hills Elementrary School. The team also attended the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and ITF Wheelchair Doubles Master on Nov. 10, 2013.
Northridge also participated in the 3rd Annual Holiday Kids Tennis Day, which was held on Nov. 30 at the Jackie Tatum/Harvard Recreation Park in Los Angeles. The event, which featured a free youth tennis clinic, serves to raise money for the Pete Brown Scholarship Fund.
Coach Ulysses "Pete" Brown, who passed away in 2010, was instrumental in bringing the game of tennis to inner-city youth in south central Los Angeles and its surrounding communities.
Matador head coach Gary Victor sees the volunteer work paying dividends both on and off the court.
"Putting your effort into helping others is the greatest gift anyone can do for themselves," Victor said. "The team enjoys these unique outings - getting to meet so many from different walks of life. This is one of the many blessings we have being involved in intercollegiate athletics at Cal State Northridge."
On the court, the Matadors start the 2014 season on Saturday, Jan. 25 with a contest vs. Westmont at noon. The following day, CSUN takes on Air Force at 10:30 a.m., with both matches at the Matador Tennis Complex.
Senior Lorraine Cheung, who has earned All-Big West honors in 2013, leads the squad and owns a 28-18 doubles mark and 34-21 singles record for her career. Sophomore Jessica Warren played some great tennis in the fall and looks to be a fixture in the singles line-up.
Finally, freshmen Mickey Hsu, Vivian Lin, Mari Taslagyan, Scout Shutter and Kristen Poei all figure to compete for playing time right away and junior Criss Rodriguez was a state doubles champ in junior college. The team's depth also includes returning letterwinners Corinne Schnyder and Leslie Chang, both of whom should challenge for spots in the line-up.