March 11, 2009
FULLERTON, CA - The injury bug bites Cal State Fullerton women's tennis again in 7-0 loss to the University of Southern Mississippi at Titan Courts, Tuesday.
Only one match after losing No. 2 player Shelly Injejikian, the Titans lost their No. 1 player - freshman Leslie Bullock. Bullock tried to play through her hip pain, but after playing two sets in her doubles match, she was forced to retire during the second set of her singles match with Elja Van Berlo.
With another top player, Erin Wiesener, still a couple of weeks away from returning to the court, CSF may be without half its pre-season starting six.
In doubles Brandy Andrews and Jaycee Cruz played a close match against Hollie Robinson and Shannon Rodgers, but eventually lost 8-5. Bullock teamed up with Cheyenne Inglis, while Karina Akhmedova and Kathleen Doran took the court together for the second straight time. Both teams lost by an 8-1 margin.
Jaycee Cruz scored the most points in a singles set for the Titans in her 6-3, 6-2 loss to Hollie Robinson.
CSF women's tennis head coach Bill Reynolds said after the match that the final scores don't really show how close the matches were. He said that the individual points were tightly contested, but the Titans just had a tough time finishing when they had the chance.
The Titans hope to bounce back against CSU rival Cal State Bakersfield, Thursday, March 12 at 2 p.m. on Titan Courts. After its non-conference match with the Roadrunners, CSF hits the road to open their Big West Conference schedule against Cal Poly, then heads towards the coast when they face-off against the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara.
NCAA WOMEN'S TENNIS
Cal State Fullerton 0, Southern Mississippi 7
1. Elja Van Berlo (USM) def. Leslie Bullock (CSF), 6-0, 3-0 (retired)
2. Alexandra Kaluza (USM) def. Karina Akhmedova (CSF), 6-2, 6-1
3. Hollie Robinson (USM) def. Jerusha Cruz (CSF), 6-3, 6-2
4. Lauren Gutterman (USM) def. Brandy Andrews (CSF), 6-0, 6-1
5. Zoe Lee (USM) def. Cheyenne Inglis (CSF), 6-1, 6-2
6. Shannon Rogers (USM) def. Kathleen Doran (CSF), 6-0, 6-0
1. Van Berlo/Gutterman (USM) def. Bullock/Inglis (CSF), 8-1
2. Robinson/Rogers (USM) def. Andrews/Cruz (CSF), 8-5
3. Lee/Kaluza (USM) def. Akhmedova/Doran (CSF), 8-1