March 2, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge women's tennis junior Jennifer Sher was named the Big West Conference Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday. A junior in her first season with the Matadors, Sher went 3-1 in singles play and a perfect 4-0 in doubles action as the Matadors went 3-1 on their trip to Hawai'i.
Playing entirely at the No. 2 draw in her singles action, Sher went 3-1 in Hawai'i to improve her season record to 7-3. She picked up straight-set victories over opponents from Hawai'i-Pacific and Hawai'i and may have saved her best performance in the Matadors' victory over No. 62 San Diego State.
After dropping the first set, Sher stormed back to drop only six games over the next two sets to earn the win and capture the match for the Matadors.
"Jennifer played a very tough match against Long Beach State and I think that helped prepare her for the situation against the Aztecs," CSUN head coach Gary Victor said. "She really did a fantastic job of battling through pain on a hot, humid day and was very determined to take that point for us."
Although she lost in her final singles match of the week-long trip, she did not drop a match in doubles play.
She and teammate Brooke Doane are a perfect 10-0 on the year at No. 1 doubles. They have recently moved up to No. 53 in the ITA rankings as of Mar. 1. In Hawai'i, the duo went 3-0, dropping only five games combined in the three matches.
Just as in singles, Sher and Doane came through in a big way in CSUN's 4-3 win over San Diego State. The team toppled the then-No. 46 doubles team in the country 9-2 to set the early tone of the match.
Sher also teamed with Sabrina Man-Son-Hing to win a No. 2 doubles match against BYU-Hawai'i. She is 11-0 on the season in doubles play.
Sher is the second Matador to be named Big West Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week in the 2011 season. Doane earned the honors on Feb. 16.
"Jennifer has been a great addition to our team in every way. She has a fantastic attitude every day and is a tremendous talent," Victor added.
She and the rest of the Matadors return to action on Sunday, Mar. 6 when the Matadors host Georgetown at noon.