Pilots Soar Past Titans

March 8, 2009

FULLERTON, CA - The loss of two top players took its toll on the Cal State Fullerton women's tennis team in a 7-0 non-conference loss to the University of Portland, Sunday on Titan Courts.

Head coach Bill Reynolds tried to shuffle-up the lineup, but couldn't find the right combination to counteract a high-flying Portland (4-4) squad. The Titans (2-9, 0-2) have been without their No. 1 player, Erin Wiesener (foot), since January 24 - 10 straight weeks - and were forced to go without their No. 3 player Shelly Injejikian Sunday.

With Injejikian unable to play with her normal doubles partner Cheyenne Inglis, Reynolds paired up Leslie Bullock with Inglis for the first time. The newly formed doubles team made a match of it in the No. 1 position, but the Portland team of Megan Sporndli and Stephanie Fuchs was too much in an 8-4 win. The Pilots would go on to win the next two doubles matches and take a 1-0 lead in the team standings.

The Titans' singles lineup had to be adjusted by Reynolds as well. Bullock remained in the No. 1 position, but everyone else was bumped up a spot. Karina Akhmedova played at No. 2 for the first time this year, Jaycee Cruz made her first start at No. 3 and Brandy Andrews moved up to the No. 4 position for the first time this season. Inglis had been playing in the six spot after her wrist injury, but with Injejikian unavailable, everyone had to move up, making room Kathleen Doran to play the No. 6 position.

Andrews was the closest CSF player to gain a point when she bounced back from a 6-1 first set loss to Jenna Tanzer. In the second set Andrews almost flipped the score by beating Tanzer 6-2. Tanzer found her rhythm in the third set though, and came back with a 6-1 win to claim the match. Bullock made it close in the second set of her match with Sporndli in a 6-0, 6-4 loss. Cruz got in a couple of points against Fuchs, and Inglis gave Portland's Stefanie Doolittle a late scare in their 6-3, 6-4 match.

The Titans take the court again when they host Southern Mississippi on Titan Courts, Tuesday, March 10 at 2 p.m.

NCAA WOMEN'S TENNIS
Cal State Fullerton 0, University of Portland 7


Singles
1. Megan Sporndli (UP) def. Leslie Bullock (CSF), 6-0, 6-4
2. Lacey Pflibsen (UP) def. Karina Akhmedova (CSF), 6-3, 6-1
3. Stephanie Fuchs (UP) def. Jerusha Cruz (CSF), 6-3, 6-2
4. Jenna Tanzer (UP) def. Brandy Andrews (CSF), 6-1, 2-6, 6-1
5. Stefanie Doolittle (UP) def. Cheyenne Inglis (CSF), 6-3, 6-4
6. Anna Gullickson (UP) def. Kathleen Doran (CSF), 6-0, 6-0

Doubles
1. Sporndli/Fuchs (UP) def. Bullock/Inglis (CSF), 8-4
2. Gullickson/Pflibsen (UP) def. Andrews/Cruz (CSF), 8-2
3. Tanzer/Doolittle (UP) def. Akhmedova/Doran (CSF), 8-0