May 3, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - A trio of Matadors were named to the All-Big West Women's Tennis Team, the league office announced Tuesday. Between Brooke Doane, Jennifer Sher and Maria Pistalu, Northridge reaped five awards as voted on by the conference's coaches and was the only league school to place two singles players on the All-Big West First Team.
Doane, the school's all-time leader in doubles wins and doubles winning percentage, earned three awards, including her third-straight All-Big West Doubles First Team honors for her play with Sher.
As a tandem, Sher and Doane finished the season 16-2 with all of those decisions coming at the No. 1 draw. The duo finished a perfect 6-0 against league foes and posted notable victories over Arizona, Long Beach State, San Diego State, Dartmouth, LMU and Cal Poly.
"I think Brooke and Jennifer will go down as one of the best doubles teams in school history," CSUN head coach Gary Victor stated. "They represented us with such class. They were never close to a bad call, didn't have any confrontations or any of the ugliness that can be prevalent in college tennis."
In fact, both Doane and Sher tied a school record by finishing with 21 individual doubles wins in the 2011 season. For the year, Doane was 21-5 in doubles competition while Sher was a sterling 21-3. For her career, Doane leaves CSUN with a doubles record of 71-15 (.826).
"If you look at her career, Brooke came in and didn't start right away. She started off as a No. 7 player, but through hard work and an incredible amount of talent, she became one of the best players in our conference," Victor said. "One of the great things about Brooke is how humble she is. Brooke never let it get to her head that she was the best doubles player at CSUN and in the conference over the past four years. Brooke is one of those rare leaders both by example and with her ability to motivate."
Even more amazing about Doane's doubles work this year was that she earned a second award in 2011, receiving All-Big West Doubles Honorable Mention with Pistalu. As a tandem, the two finished 4-1 in doubles play for the season and 2-0 against Big West opponents. Their notable wins were league victories over UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine.
For Pistalu, she finished the season with a 14-5 individual doubles record, also working extensively with Sabrina Man-Son-Hing. Pistalu finished with a perfect 7-0 doubles record in league play and now stands at 27-9 (.750) for her career in doubles play, the third-best doubles career winning percentage in school history.
"Maria has doubles skills on par with any of the athletes on the All-Big West First Team," Victor added. "We are going to look to her for leadership in doubles over the next two years."
Moving to singles action, Doane and Sher both picked up All-Big West Singles First Team honors, the only pair of teammates in the conference to receive the distinction in 2011.
In her final season at Northridge, Doane was 11-13 overall and 4-4 against Big West opponents, playing predominantly at the top draw. She picked up notable victories over Nevada, Long Beach State, Dartmouth, UC Irvine and Cal Poly. Doane leaves CSUN with a 44-40 career singles record and she also earned All-Big West Singles Second Team honors in 2010.
Sher played primarily at No. 2 singles on the season and finished her first year at Northridge with a 17-5 record. The 17 singles wins were the most by a Matador individual in 2011 and she wracked up notable victories over Cal Poly twice, UC Davis, San Diego State, UC Santa Barbara and LMU. Sher also earned Big West Athlete of the Week honors twice during the season.
"Jennifer is a such a rare combination of a fantastic athlete and a fun, humble and awesome teammate for this program," Victor concluded. "She is the furthest thing from a diva and works hard and represents us so well. She has tons of integrity and is so much fun to be around for everyone involved in our program."
As a team, CSUN finished the season 16-10 overall and 3-5 during the Big West season. The league's seventh seed, the Matadors upset No. 36 and second-seeded Cal Poly in the Big West Championship quarterfinals on April 29. The team also picked up impressive victories over San Diego State, Nevada, LMU, Columbia and Pacific.
For Victor, 2011 represented his 14th season at the helm of the program and he now owns a career record of 197-144 (.578). In his tenure at CSUN, Victor has now had 35 all-league singles and 17 All-Big West Doubles selections.