CSUN tennis upsets CSUF in Big West Championships

FILE PHOTO- Junior Mickey Hsu, prepares to return the ball cross-court at the Big West Conference match against Long Beach State University, Friday, February 5 2016. Photo credit: Ashley Grant

FILE PHOTO- Junior Mickey Hsu, prepares to return the ball cross-court at the Big West Conference match against Long Beach State University, Friday, February 5 2016. Photo credit: Ashley Grant

Julius Lasin

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The No. 6 seeded CSUN women’s tennis team captured two out of three matches in doubles play to upset the No. 3 CSU Fullerton Titans 4-3 in the Big West Championships at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Thursday.

In singles play, CSUN and CSUF split the six matches, with freshman Skyla Alcon, sophomore Kiryang Kim and junior Mari Taslagyan picking up victories.

The singles matches started inauspiciously for CSUN, when Kristen Poei lost in straight sets to CSUF’s Camille De Leon, 6-0, 6-4.

However, Alcon was able to respond, as she cruised past Karla Portalatin in identical 6-3 sets.

Despite Alcon’s win, CSUN fell behind as CSUF captured matches against Mickey Hsu and Vivian Lin—both of whom are usually reliable for the Matadors.

Not to be outdone, Kim and Taslagyan were the last CSUN players to finish, as they both earned three-set wins

And with the teams tied, the game was decided by the results of the doubles matches, where the pairs of Lin and Alcon, as well as Taslagyan and Kim, both won.

Lin and Alcon won their match by a score of 7-6, while Taslagyan and Kim won 6-1.

The Matadors will play another day at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, where they will face No. 2 seeded UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in the next round of the tournament at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 29.