Matadors Fall 5-2 to No. 53 Arizona

April 2, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's tennis team (8-6) lost 5-2 to No. 53 Arizona Friday afternoon at Matador Tennis Complex. Sophomore Nigora Sirojiddinova and freshman Maria Pistalu recorded singles victories for the Matadors.

Northridge nearly pulled off the upset over the nationally ranked Wildcats. Junior Nina Jaworowski battled through injuries to play in both singles and doubles action Friday, losing narrowly in both.

She and Whitney Paluch lost 8-6 in their No. 2 doubles match to Claire Rietsch and Natalia Toporowska. Jaworowski then lost in three sets in her No. 2 singles match, falling 2-6, 6-2 and 10-8 to Sarah Landsman.

Sirojiddinova took her No. 4 match over Toporowska, 6-4 and 7-5, to improve her season record to an impressive 11-2. She is now 25-12 in her CSUN career.

Pistalu took a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Jane Huh at the No. 6 draw to earn CSUN's second point. She is now 10-3 in her rookie season with the Matadors.

In other doubles action, Brooke Doane and Anna Yang took their No. 1 doubles match over Landsman and Jane Huh, 8-1. They are now 9-4 on the season, all at No. 1 doubles.

However, the Wildcats would take the doubles point with a win at No. 3. Natasha Marks and Debora Castany took an 8-4 victory over Pistalu and Sirojiddinova in the decisive match.

In other singles action, Arizona rolled to straight-set wins at No. 1, 3 and 5. Doane lost to Marks, 6-2 and 6-1, in the top draw. Paluch fell 6-4 and 6-0 to Rietsch at No. 3. Finally, Yang lost 6-3, 6-3 to Castany in the fifth-seeded match.

Northridge now embarks on a three-match roadtrip, beginning with a match at San Francisco on Apr. 4. The Matadors will also play Big West matches against UC Davis (Apr. 6) and Pacific (Apr. 7).

No. 53 Arizona 5, CSUN 2

Doubles 1. Doane/Yang (CSUN) def. Landsman/Huh (UA): 8-1

2. Rietsch/Toporowska (UA) def. Jaworowski/Paluch (CSUN): 8-6

3. Marks/Castany (UA) def. Pistalu/Sirjoddinova (CSUN): 8-4


1. Natasha Marks (UA) def. Brooke Doane (CSUN) 6-2, 6-1

2. Sarah Landsman (UA) def. Nina Jaworowski (CSUN) 2-6, 6-2, 10-8

3. Claire Rietsch (UA) def. Whitney Paluch (CSUN) 6-4, 6-0

4. Nigora Sirojiddinova (CSUN) def. Natalia Toporowska (UA) 6-4, 7-5

5. Debora Castany (UA) def. Anna Yang (CSUN) 6-3, 6-3

6. Maria Pistalu (CSUN) def. Jane Huh (UA) 6-1, 6-3