Oct. 21, 2011
SAN DIEGO, CA - The Cal State Fullerton contingent of Malorie dela Cruz, Tiffany Mai, Jessica Pepa, and Monica Rodriguez completed play at the USTA/ITA Southwest Regionals in San Diego on Friday, shutout in eight singles matches, but finishing 1-2 in doubles play against some of the region's best competition.
The duo of Tiffany Mai and Monica Rodriguez opened the doubles draw with an 8-6 win over San Diego State's Laura Antonana Iriarte and Kristin Buth for the Titans' only win on the weekend, but fell to the fourth-seeded and No. 44 nationally ranked tandem of McCall Jones and Pamela Montez of UCLA by the score of 8-4.
In singles play, Fullerton's quartet were all defeated in straight sets, but rallied back in the consolation bracket to force a pair of three-set battes. Tiffany Mai fell to Arizona State's Joanna Smith, 4-6, 7-5, 3-6, and dela Cruz took the first set from LMU's Miya Jin before falling, 6-3, 0-6, 1-6.
Cal State Fullerton competes in one final fall event beginning on Friday (Nov. 11) at the Cal State Northridge Matador Invitational.
2011 USTA/ITA SOUTHWEST REGIONALS
San Diego, CA
Maria Raygada (USD) def. Malorie dela Cruz (CSF), 6-4, 6-3
Laura Antonana Iriarte (SDSU) def. Jessica Pepa (CSF), 6-0, 6-2
Tiffany Mai (CSF), First Round Bye
Kaitlin Ray (UCLA) def. Tiffany Mai (CSF), 6-1, 6-1
Monica Rodriguez (CSF), First Round Bye
\#45 Pamela Montez (UCLA) def. Monica Rodriguez (CSF), 6-4, 6-1
Miya Jin (LMU) def. Malorie dela Cruz (CSF), 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
Morgan Thomas (UCLA) def. Jessica Pepa (CSF), 6-3, 6-2
Joanna Smith (ASU) def. Tiffany Mai (CSF), 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
Kelsey Daguio (Hawaii) def. Monica Rodriguez (CSF), 7-6 (5), 6-4
DOUBLES MAIN DRAW
Daguio/Kostalova (Hawaii) def. dela Cruz/Pepa (CSF), 8-0
Mai/Rodriguez (CSF) def. Antonana Iriarte/Buth (SDSU), 8-6
\#44 Jones/Montez (UCLA) def. Mai/Rodriguez (CSF), 8-4