NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge women's tennis team (9-8, 3-4 Big West) lost 4-0 to No. 30 UC Irvine Saturday afternoon in a Big West Conference match at Matador Tennis Complex. On their senior day, the Matadors rebounded from a sluggish start in doubles play to give the Anteaters some issues in singles play before ultimately losing.
Saturday represented the final home match for three CSUN seniors: Maria Pistalu, Sabrina Man-Son-Hing and Anna Yang. All three have competed with integrity and honor throughout their Matador careers and will look to use Saturday as a motivating force for the rest of their season.
In doubles, Yang and Man-Son-Hing lost 8-2 in the first draw and Alexis Marques and Jessica Warren fell 8-1 in the third draw to give UCI the early advantage.
In singles, Yang and junior Lorraine Cheung both won the first set in their respective matches. However, both were left incomplete as the Anteaters took the match with straight-set victories at the first, third and sixth draws.
CSUN head coach Gary Victor was pleased with what he saw in singles action despite the final result.
"We came out a bit tight in doubles play, but I though we competed very well in singles action against the top team in the Big West Conference," Victor said. "This match sets us up to play very well in our last two conference matches of the season (at Cal Poly, at Hawai'i). I am proud of this team's heart and fight."
The Matadors return to action on Sunday, April 7 with a road match at Cal Poly. From there, CSUN ventures to Hawai'i for matches with Hawai'i Pacific (April 12) and Hawai'i (April 13).
#30 UC IRVINE 4, CSUN 0
April 6, 2013
1 – No. 66 Goettsching/Smith (UCI) def. Man-Son-Hing/Yang (CSUN) – 8-2
2 – A. Facey/Schweyer (UCI) def. Cheung/Pistalu (CSUN) – 6-5 (5)
3 – Mamiit/Stadfelt (UCI) def. Marquez/Warren (CSUN) – 8-1
1 – No. 100 Kristina Smith (UCI) def. Maria Pistalu (CSUN) – 6-0, 6-2
2 – Anna Yang (CSUN) vs. Marivick Mamiit (UCI) – 6-4, 4-3
3 – Franziska Goettsching (UCI) def. Sabrina Man-Son-Hing (CSUN) – 6-3, 6-3
4 – Ali Facey(UCI) vs. Lorraine Cheung (CSUN) – 1-6, 6-4
5 – Sarah Stadfelt (UCI) vs. Jessica Warren (CSUN) – 7-6 (5)
6 – Kat Facey (UCI) def. Alexis Marquez (CSUN) – 6-3, 6-2
#30 UCI: 17-3, 6-0
CSUN: 9-8, 3-4
Order of finish: Doubles – 3, 1 | Singles – 1, 6, 3