March 9, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge junior Brooke Doane was named Big West Women's Tennis Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Doane earned the award, the first of her career, after defeating UC Irvine's Stephanie Hammel, then ranked No. 80 in the country, 6-7, 6-3 and 6-0 on Mar. 6.
"It feels nice to receive this honor and I want to thank my teammates and coaches for all their support," Doane said. "This is proof that all the hard work I have put in has paid off. I think it'll also help motivate me to do better for the rest of the season."
Doane has gone through a meteoric rise in singles play after establishing herself as one of the top doubles players on the West coast. Moving from No. 3 to No. 1 this year, Doane is now 6-2 on the season after losing a tough three-set decision to Sophie Kobuch of Hawai'i Tuesday afternoon.
The transition has not been lost on Matador Head Coach Gary Victor.
"This award is a testament to Brooke's outstanding work ethic and it is great to see the other league coaches recognize her improving play," Victor said. "Through her first two seasons, Brooke was well known as one of the top doubles player in the west. She made it a goal to get to that level in singles and we are seeing the results."
In fact, both of Doane's single losses came in three sets. Her other loss was against Cal Poly's Suzie Matzenauer in three sets.
"She is one of the better singles players in the Big West and she can compete with anyone in the nation," Victor added. "I simply cannot say enough about her work ethic and her character."
Now in her third season with Northridge, Doane owns a career 30-18 singles record. In doubles action, she owns a 42-5 career record, the best winning percentage in school history.
"I think I have become a smarter singles player," Doane said. "I am more patient and able to play both in the backcourt as well as at the net. I definitely have more confidence and that is starting to show in the results."