SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Cal State Northridge won its first-ever Big Sky
Conference women's tennis title after defeating Weber State, 4-1, in
the conference championship match Sunday afternoon at Rio Del Oro
Racquet Club in Sacramento, Calif.
The Matadors, who defeated Montana State and Montana to advance to
the championship match, now have an overall record of 22-9 this year.
Weber State, which entered the tournament as the defending conference
champions, dropped to 14-6 with the loss.
Cal State Northridge won two of the three doubles matches to pick up
the doubles point. The tandems of Tereza Simonyan/Gabriella Reiner
(No. 2) and Tia Kaasalainen/Rani Setiawati (No. 3) won by the scores
of 8-6 and 9-7, respectively.
Simonyan (No. 2), Reiner (No. 3) and Setiawati (No. 5) each posted
straight-set victories in singles play for Cal State Northridge.
Weber State's Lenka Zacharova (No. 1) picked up the Wildcats' lone
point with her victory over Marina Baydak.
Weber State, which had won 10 of the past 16 conference titles,
advanced to the championship match after defeating Northern Arizona
in the semifinals.
The Matadors receive an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships,
which take place May 12-13.
Earlier in the day, the Sacramento State men's tennis team claimed
its third Big Sky title in the last four years with a 5-1 victory
over Northern Arizona.
Cal State Northridge 4, Weber State 1
1. Lenka Zacharova (WSU) def. Marina Baydak (CSN), 6-1, 6-3
2. Tereza Simonyan (CSN) def. Therina Steenkamp (WSU), 6-0, 6-2
3. Gabriella Reiner (CSN) def. Kim Sen (WSU), 6-3, 6-3
4. Tia Kaasalainen (CSN) vs. Dana DeLancey (WSU), DNF
5. Rani Setiawati (CSN) def. Veronica Reynosa (WSU), 6-1, 6-0
6. Shaheen Bhanji (CSN) vs. Tara Rosenweig (WSU), DNF
1. Zacharova/Sen (WSU) def. Baydak/Bhanji (CSN), 8-3
2. Simonyan/Reiner (CSN) def. Steenkamp/Claudia Oropeza (WSU), 8-6
3. Kaasalainen/Setiawati (CSN) def. DeLancey/Reynosa (WSU), 9-7