FULLERTON, Calif. – The Cal State Fullerton women's tennis program completed the 2014 season with a record of 8-15 overall, but the Titans showed promised with the help of a talented rookie group.
Valenzuela was named to the Big West Singles First Team in April, becoming the first Titan named to the first team dating back to 1989. As a freshman, the West Covina, Calif., native led Fullerton with an overall record of 23-6 as well as a mark of 15-4 in singles dual play. Her 15 singles wins and 14-match winning streak from Feb. 5-April 11 set program highs dating back to 2001.
In singles play, Valenzuela finished Big West competition with a record 5-2, and during the year, she started at the No. 2 spot (3-2) in the lineup before moving to the top (12-2) of the order.
De Leon was one of three players in Fullerton's lineup to record a winning record (13-10), and the La Mirada, Calif., native was also named to the Big West Conference Doubles Second Team with partner Morgan McIntosh.
In singles play, she completed the year with a 21-14 overall record competing mostly at the No. 3 spot (13-8), while suffering two losses at No. 2 in the lineup during dual action.
In doubles play, De Leon and McIntosh partnered during the spring season and the duo finished the year with a record of 10-11 at the top of the lineup and managed a 3-4 mark in Big West play.
McIntosh, the only four-year letter winner in the group, was named to the Big West Singles Second Team, earning all-league singles honors for the first-time in her four-year career. The Rancho Mirage, Calif., native departs Fullerton with 46 career victories, recording double-digit singles wins in each of her four years.
McIntosh, Fullerton's No. 2 singles player the majority of the year, finished her final season with a 13-9 record in singles dual play, and ended the year on a four-match win streak while winning eight of her last 10 matches.
In addition, McIntosh and freshman Camille De Leon were named to the Big West Doubles Second Team. For McIntosh, it is the second straight year she received second team doubles accolades.
Abella was with the Titans for just one season, while Penner was at Fullerton for two years.
With a record of 8-15, one-point losses tortured Fullerton's season as the Titans lost six matches by the score of 4-3, including three in Big West Conference play.
In singles dual action, Fullerton sported a record of 62-69 (.473), although the top three spots held a winning record of 41-25 (.621), while the bottom three positions in the lineup struggled at 21-44 (.323).
In doubles play, the Titans totaled a mark of 31-35 (.470). Fullerton compiled six losses this season – to Loyola Marymount (Feb. 9), UC Irvine (Feb. 13), UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 23), Georgetown (Mar. 8), Wyoming (Mar. 21) and UC Davis (April 5) – due to the loss of the doubles point which proved to be the difference.
Big West Championships
With an eighth-place finish in the Big West standings, Cal State Fullerton was pitted against No. 9 seed UC Riverside in the first round of the league's tennis championship at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on April 24.
With a 4-0 victory over the Highlanders, Fullerton advanced to the quarterfinals, but suffered a 4-0 loss to No. 1 seed and 55th-ranked Long Beach State on April 25.
Fullerton holds an overall record of 17-35 dating back to 1989 at the Big West Championships, and the Titans have been the No. 8 seed 11 times with a record of 7-15 in those matches. Fullerton has never advanced out of the quarterfinals with a record of 0-12.
The Titans boast a record of 5-2 against UC Riverside in the Big West Championships with the first meeting in 2005.
Against Long Beach State at the Big West Championships, Fullerton is 2-5 all-time including meeting the 49ers in the quarterfinals in 2010, 2011, and 2012 losing each of the three contests. Fullerton last defeated LBSU in 1993 in the qualifying (first) round.