April 14, 2011

CSUN Tennis Scores 4-3 Decision over LMU

April 14, 2011

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's tennis team (14-9) defeated Loyola Marymount, 4-3, Thursday afternoon in a non-conference dual match at Matador Tennis Complex. Junior Nigora Sirojiddinova took the decisive point for the Matadors, winning her fourth-seeded singles match in three sets: 6-2, 3-6 and 6-2.

Battling some windy conditions, the Matadors jumped out to an early lead by taking two of the three doubles matches. Brooke Doane and Jennifer Sher improved to 14-1 with an 8-3 victory in their No. 1 doubles match.

CSUN clinched the match's opening point when Anna Yang and Sirojiddinova took an 8-2 decision in their third-seeded match. They are now 6-2 on the season in doubles action as a tandem.

In singles action, Northridge took three of the contests to seal the victory. Sher improved to 13-5 on the season with a straight-set victory in No. 2 singles. Pistalu also took a straight-set victory, improving to 11-6 on the year with her fifth-seeded victory.

Sirojiddinova scored the decisive point by winnin her fourth-seeded contest in three sets. She is now 10-11 on the season and has won four of her last five singles matches.

Northridge nearly scored a fifth point in the match, but Doane had to retire from her top-seeded draw due to injury after winning the first set.

The team also welcomed back senior Nina Jaworowski, who returned from a lengthy battle with injury. Although she ultimately fell in three sets in her No. 3 singles draw, Northridge was bolstered by her return and the prospects of her competing against Pacific on April 23 and in the Big West Championships at the end of the month.

CSUN closes out the 2011 regular season by hosting Pacific on April 23 at Matador Tennis Complex. The match with the Tigers is a crucial contest in terms of seeding for the Big West Championships and represents the final home match for Doane and Jaworowski.

CSUN 4, LMU 3

Doubles

1. Doane/Sher def. Bisharat/Valenzuela: 8-3

2. Rohonyi/Pironkova def. Pistalu/Man-Son-Hing: 8-3

3. Sirojiddinova/Yang def. Jin/LaPorte: 8-2

Singles

1. Bisharat def. Doane: 5-7, 2-2, Retired

2. Sher def. Valenzuela: 6-1, 6-2

3. Jin def. Jaworowski: 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-2

4. Sirojiddinova def. Rohonui: 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

5. Pistalu def. LaPorte: 6-2, 6-2

6. Pironkova def. Yang: 6-1, 6-3

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