March 20, 2009

CSUN Extends Win Streak to Five with 5-2 Victory over Columbia

March 20, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -

The Cal State Northridge women's tennis team (8-8) defeated Columbia, 5-2, Friday afternoon at Matador Tennis Complex. The Matadors have now won five-straight matches and six of their last seven with the win against Lions.

Northridge set the tone early, sweeping the three doubles matches. Evgeniya Vertesheva and Brooke Doane improved to 12-2 on the season at the top spot, defeating Nina Suda and Natasha Makarova, 8-1.

Nina Jaworowski, who was named Big West Co-Athlete of the week earlier in the day, teamed with Nigora Sirojiddinova to defeat Marlena Hall and Carling Donovan, 8-1. They are now 8-6 on the season having won four of their last five.

At the No. 3 spot, Sandra Kukla and Whitney Paluch improved to 4-1 with an 8-2 decision against Nicole Stanziola and Eliza Mattache. 

In singles, CSUN won four of the top five matches without dropping a set at the top two seeds. Vertesehva evened her season record at 8-8 with a 6-2, 6-0 decision over Makarova in the top seeded match. Jaworowski has now won nine of her last 11 and five straight following a 6-2, 7-5 victory against Stanziola in the second match. 

Also picking up wins for Northridge in singles competition were Paluch and Sirojiddinova. Paluch extended her winning streak to five straight with a 6-1, 6-3 decision over Donova in the No. 4 match. Sirojiddinova now owns an 8-8 record with a 7-5, 1-6, 10-8 victory at the fifth spot against Hall.

Doane was forced to retire before the conclusion of her third-seeded match against Mattache. Amira Massi played in the sixth spot for Northridge, dropping a 6-2, 6-0 decision to Suda. 

The Matadors return to action on Monday, Mar. 23 with a match against San Francisco. First serve at Matador Tennis Complex is slated for 2 p.m. 

Northridge 5, Columbia 2

Doubles

1. Vertesheva/Doane (CSUN) def. Suda/Makarova (CU) 8-1

2. Jaworowski/Sirojiddinova (CSUN) def. Hall/Donovan (CU) 8-1

3. Kukla/Paluch (CSUN) def. Mattache/Stanziola (CU) 8-2

Singles

1. Vertesehva (CSUN) def. Marakova (CU) 6-2, 6-0

2. Jaworowski (CSUN) def. Stanziola (CU) 6-2, 7-5

3. Mattache (CU) def. Doane (CSUN) 6-7 (4), 6-3, retired

4. Paluch (CSUN) def. Donovan (CU) 6-1, 6-3

5. Sirojiddinova (CSUN) def. Hall (CU) 7-5, 1-6, 10-8

6. Suda (CU) def. Massi (CSUN) 6-2, 6-0