March 5, 2012
FULLERTON, CA - The Cal State Fullerton women's tennis team posted its first shutout victory of the season on Sunday afternoon, sweeping past visiting Southern Utah, 7-0, at the Titan Tennis Courts in Fullerton.
The win gave the Titans a 4-3 finish in their seven-match homestand and evened their overall record at 4-4 this season. The Thunderbirds fell to 1-2 with the loss.
Wins at the top two doubles spots by the teams of Tiffany Mai and Morgan McIntosh at No. 1 and Monica Rodriguez and Kalika Slevcove at No. 2 gave Fullerton the early lead in the match and the Titans posted a clean sweep when Southern Utah, which traveled only five players, was forced to default the No. 3 doubles contest.
Fullerton then swept through the top five matches in singles play in straight sets, including a 6-1, 6-1, win by Slevcove over Elizaveta Pleskan at the No. 4 position. Junior Tiffany Mai, who earned the Titans' only point against conference rival Cal Poly a day earlier, extended her personal winning streak to five-straight singles victories with a 6-3, 6-2, win over Alex Ivanova at the No. 2 spot.
Cal State Fullerton returns to the court with a pair of road matches next week, traveling to CSU Bakersfield on Wednesday (March 7) and Southern California rival LMU on Friday (March 9).
NCAA WOMEN'S TENNIS
Southern Utah (0) at Cal State Fullerton (7)
Sunday, March 4, 2012... Fullerton, CA
1. Mai/McIntosh (CSF) def. Ivanova/Tatarchenko (SUU), 8-4
2. Rodriguez/Slevcove (CSF) def. Johnson/Pleskan (SUU), 8-2
3. dela Cruz/Pepa (CSF) won by default
1. Morgan McIntosh (CSF) def. Ksusha Johnson (SUU), 6-4, 6-3
2. Tiffany Mai (CSF) def. Alex Ivanova (SUU), 6-3, 6-2
3. Monica Rodriguez (CSF) def. Olia Tatarchenko (SUU), 7-5, 6-2
4. Kalika Slevcove (CSF) def. Elizaveta Pleskan (SUU), 6-1, 6-1
5. Avriel Tomaiko (CSF) def. Afton Staheli (SUU), 6-2, 6-2
6. Devyn Billingsley (CSF) won by default