Pacific Women's Tennis: Tigers Unable to Catch Matadors; Fall 4-3
The Pacific womens tennis team dropped the first of two straight home conference matches Wednesday afternoon to Cal State Northridge, 4-3. Pacific fell to 6-11 overall with the loss and is now 2-4 in the Big West.
Were really competitive this year, said Head Coach Bob Chiene. Were just on the verge.
Senior Sasha Fisher (Southampton, Bermuda) and junior Jenifer Widjaja (Sao Roque, Brazil) won their fourth straight doubles match together to improve to 12-4 overall this spring. Playing out of the No. 1 position, the pair trailed 3-2 to Brooke Doane and Anna Yang heading into the first break.
Chiene added, Jenifer and Sasha played really well. They started slow, but they got it together.
Fisher had two aces in game eight and Widjaja dropped a lob in over Doanes head that gave the pair a 6-3 lead. The duo dominated in the better half of the match, going on a six-game run after the first break, to earn the 8-3 win. They are now 4-1 against Big West opponents this season.
After a loss at the No. 2 position, Pacific looked to junior Olga Gumenyuk (Kiev, Ukraine) and freshman Christina Goehl (Karlsruhe, Germany) at the No. 3 position to pull out the doubles point.
Down 5-2 at the second break, Goehl took control of the back line, slicing shots from doubles sideline to sideline, helping the Tigers claw back. The pair went on a three game streak to tie the match at five all before Nigora Sirojiddinova and Maria Pistalu pulled out the win (8-5) to earn the doubles point.
No. 91 Widjaja tied the match at one all after picking up her eighth straight singles win. By defeating Nina Jaworowski (6-1, 6-3) at the No. 1 position, Widjaja continues to remain undefeated against Big West opponents boasting a 14-3 overall record, 6-0 in the Big West.
Northridge then pulled out wins at the six, three and five positions to earn the win. The Matadors are now 10-6 overall, 4-3 in the Big West.
Pacific is back in action this Saturday, April 10 in its second straight Big West Conference match-up. The Tigers face UC Davis at 11 a.m. at home on the Hal Nelson Tennis Courts. The Aggies lost their last match to Northridge (6-1) back on April 6 and are 9-8 overall, 2-4 against Big West opponents.
PACIFIC WOMENS TENNIS
Cal State Northridge 4, Pacific 3
Stockton, Calif. (Hal Tennis Courts)
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 1:30 p.m.
1. Widjaja/Fisher def. Brooke Doane/Anna Yang (CSN) 8-3
2. Whitney Paluch/Nina Jaworowski (CSN) def. Hansen/Irvin 8-2
3. Nigora Sirojiddinova/Maria Pistalu (CSN) def. Gumenyuk/Goehl 8-5
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1. No. 91 Jenifer Widjaja (PAC) def. Nina Jaworowski (CSN) 6-1, 6-3
2. Christina Goehl (PAC) def. Brook Doane (CSN) 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8)
3. Nigora Sirojiddinova (CSN) def. Julia Hansen (PAC) 6-3, 6-3
4. Olga Gumenyuk (PAC) def. Whitney Paluch (CSN) 7-5, 6-2
5. Maria Pistalu (CSN) def. Sasha Fisher (PAC) 6-1, 6-3
6. Anna Yang (CSN) def. Sarah Irvin (PAC) 6-4, 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 6, 3, 5*, 4, 2