Maria Pistalu
Maria Pistalu
Height: 5-4
Year: Junior
Hometown: Munich, Germany
EXP: 1V

2011 All-Big West Doubles Honorable Mention

2011

Finished the year at 13-6 in singles play and 14-5 in doubles action ... earned All-Big West Doubles Honorable Mention honors with Brooke Doane after duo finished 4-1, including a 2-0 record (UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine) against league foes ... also teamed extensively with Sabrina Man-Son-Hing, as the tandem compiled a 10-4 record on the year ... their notable victories came over Long Beach State, UC Davis, San Diego State and Pacific ... in all, finished a perfect 7-0 against Big West opponents in doubles play on the year ... in singles, played primarily at fourth and fifth draw ... posted notable victories over San Diego State, UC Santa Barbara, LMU, Pacific and UC Irvine ... after two years of competition, owns a career record of 26-10 in singles play ... the .722 winning percentage for career singles ranks fourth in school history following the 2011 season ... in doubles, owns a career mark of 27-9 and the .750 winning percentage ranks third in school history at the conclusion of the 2011 season.

2010

Pistalu posted impressive 13-4 overall singles record in 2010 ... finished 5-2 against Big West opposition ... played at No. 5 (5-1) and No. 6 (8-3) during the year ... posted impressive wins over UC Irvine, Hawai'i, Washington State, Wyoming, Arizona, UC Davis and Pacific ... had a season-long four-match winning streak ... teamed with Nigora Sirojiddinova to finish with 13-4 doubles record, all at No. 3 draw ... duo went 6-2 against Big West opponents ... tandem posted impressive wins over Hawai'i, Washington State, Wyoming, Dartmouth, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, Pacific and Long Beach State ... had a season-long five-match winning streak during the year ...their doubles' winning percentage, .767, is the fourth-highest in school history for a single season.

Personal:

Born on Jan. 13, 1991 ... daughter of Dafina and Mihai Pistalu ... has one brother, Stefan ... includes Marat Safin, actor Ed Westwick and the movie's "21" and "Avatar" among her favorites ... says the best thing about being an athlete is traveling and spending time with the girls ... would want to be stranded on desert island with Chase Crawford ... can't imagine going without her laptop or phone ... says her nephews always make her smile ... majoring in business administration.

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