Northridge Upsets No. 36 Cal Poly, 4-1, at Big West Championships

April 29, 2011

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- The Cal State Northridge women's tennis team (16-9) upset No. 36 Cal Poly, 4-1, in the quarterfinals of the Big West Championships Friday afternoon in Indian Wells, Calif. The seventh-seeded Matadors won the doubles point and took three of four singles matches to defeat the second-seeded Mustangs.

In a rematch of a Feb. 6 contest that Cal Poly took 6-1, the Matadors stormed out to the early point behind their stellar doubles plays. The Matadors' head coach, Gary Victor, was ecstatic with Northridge's performance Friday.

"We had a lot of confidence heading into the match and I think that showed in how we preformed," Victor said. "For most of the season, we hadn't been a whole squad, but with Nina Jaworowski's return, we became a complete squad."

Brooke Doane and Jennifer Sher improved to 16-1 on the season with their 8-3 victory in the No. 1 doubles match. Individually, the win represents the 21st doubles victory of the season for Doane and Sher, tying a school record for a single season. It was the 71st doubles victory, a school record, of Doane's career.

CSUN wrapped up the first point with a win in No. 3 doubles, where Anna Yang and Nigora Sirojiddinova took an 8-2 decision. The tandem improved to 8-2 on the season in doubles. Sirojiddinova now has 35 career doubles wins while Yang picked up her 14th win of the season and 26th of her career.

Singles action saw several Northridge players turn the tables on Cal Poly, reversing decisions from the Feb. 6 contest.

Doane led the charge in the top-seeded singles contest, posting a 7-6 (8), 6-3 victory over Alexa Lee, Earlier in the year, Lee had posted a tough, three-set victory over Doane in San Luis Obispo. With the win, Doane improved to 11-12 on the season having won seven of her past nine contests.

The other Matador to reverse the earlier results was freshman Lorraine Cheung. After falling in straight sets in February, Cheung posted a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Kathryn Webb to clinch the contest for the Matadors. For the season, the rookie from Hong Kong is now 14-6 on the season, the second-most singles win on the team.

"I really focused on my technique and consistency coming into the match and didn't want to give her any easy points," Cheung said. "I think my game has developed really well since the start of the season and I have a lot of confidence in my play.

Sher owns the most singles win on the year for Northridge, earning her 17th of the year with a 6-2, 7-6 (3) victory over Ashley Pane in the No.2 singles contest. Sher is now 17-5 on the season, her first at Northridge.

The Mustangs picked up their only point of the afternoon in the No. 4 singles match, where Jennifer Cornea defeated Sirojiddinova in straight-sets. The loss dropped Sirojiddinova's record to 11-12 for the season.

Nina Jaworowski, Maria Pistalu and Sabrina Man-Son-Hing also competed for CSUN during the day, but their matches did not figure in the final results.

The Matadors will now face the winner of the UC Davis-UC Irvine quarterfinal match. That contest will be on Saturday, April 30 at approximately 3 p.m.

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