NORTHRIDGE, Calif. --- Cal State Northridge senior Jennifer Sher was named the Big West Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week, the league office announced Wednesday. In the Matadors' 6-1 victory over UTEP last week, Sher improved to 10-4 in singles action, all at the No. 1 draw, with a straight-set victory.
The Matadors' Female Big West Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2011-12 academic year, Sher has been a terror on the courts for opponents all season. She has now won five-straight singles contests, including a 6-2, 6-0 victory over the Miners' Martina Trierweiler on Mar. 23.
In doubles action, Sher teamed with Sabrina Man-Son-Hing to post an 8-3 victory over UTEP. The tandem, who have played all their matches at the No. 1 doubles position, improved to 9-4 on the season with the victory and have won four of their past five matches.
"It feels great to receive this award and I want to thank my teammates and coaches for their help and support," Sher said. "I have been playing pretty well lately and been working hard to finish the year strong. My teammates and coaches have been really pushing me and the hard work is paying off in the product on the court."
Last season, 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," CSUN head coach Gary Victor said. "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."
In doubles action, Sher teamed with Brooke Doane to form one of the greatest doubles teams in school history. 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.
Earlier this month, Sher was recognized as one of the Big West Conference's top student-athletes at the Big West Scholar-Athlete Banquet. A Psychology major, Sher plans on pursuing a professional career in tennis following her time at CSUN.