NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge women's tennis team (5-4) defeated Montana 4-3 Sunday afternoon in a non-conference match at Matador Tennis Complex. The Matadors and Lady Grizzlies engaged in a six-hour battle in which the Matadors ultimately prevailed by winning of four singles contests, culminating with Lorraine Cheung's singles win.
"This was a great win and tested what we were made of," CSUN head coach Gary Victor said. "After losing the doubles point, we really responded well and took down what should be the top team in the Big Sky Conference and an NCAA Tournament opponent."
Montana jumped out to a 1-0 lead by winning the only two doubles matches to finish. That set up an epic slate of singles contests that went deep into a beautiful afternoon in the San Fernando Valley.
Vivan Lin took home the top singles contest in convincing fashion. She won in straight sets 6-0 and 6-1 over Precious Gbadamosi, who had won the Matador Fall Invitational. She is now 6-3 on the year in singles play.
Criss Rodriguez won the third draw for CSUN. She rallied from down 0-3 in both sets to win 6-4 and 7-5. She improved to 4-4 on the season in singles play.
Competing for the first time this season, Leslie Chang scored an important point for CSUN Sunday. The sophomore won in three sets at the sixth draw: 6-4, 5-7 and 6-3. The victory was the second of her Matador singles career.
Finally, Cheung won in three sets in a four-hour match. She took home the fifth draw in three sets as well, winning 7-6 (8-3), 4-6 and 6-2.
The Matadors snapped a three-match losing streak with the victory. They return to the court on Sunday, March 16 with a home match against University of Missouri-Kansas City. First serve from Matador Tennis Complex is slated for 10 a.m.
Cal State Northridge 4, Montana 3
Sunday, March 9 2014 at Northridge, Calif. (Matador Tennis Complex)
No. 1 Vivian Lin (CSUN) def. Precious Gbadamosi (UM) 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 Haley Driver (UM) def. Mickey Hsu (CSUN) 6-2, 7-6 (8-3)
No. 3 Criss Rodriguez (CSUN) def. Sasha Carter (UM) 6-4, 7-5
No. 4 Laurence Pelchat (UM) def. Scout Shutter (CSUN) 6-2, 7-5
No. 5 Lorraine Cheung (CSUN) def. Ashley Mackey (UM) 7-6 (8-3), 4-6, 6-2
No. 6 Leslie Chang (CSUN) def. Maddy Murray lUM) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
No. 1 Haley Driver/Precious Gbadamosi (UM) def. Criss Rodriguez/Vivian Lin (CSUN) 8-5
No. 2 Laurence Pelchat/Sasha Carter (UM) vs. Mickey Hsu/Kristen Poei (CSUN) 6-4, unfinished
No. 3 Ashley Mackey/Maddy Murray (UM) def. Lorraine Cheung/Corinne Schnyder (CSUN) 8-2