Women’s Tennis: Matadors lose 4-1 to Long Beach State in Big West Semifinal

Kiryang Kim returns the serve in an intense game that went to three setsand finished with Kim's 10-8 victory and a CSUN 6-1 victory over Towson University on Tuesday, March 17. (Raul Martinez/ Staff Photographer)

The CSUN women’s tennis team (15-6, 5-3 Big West) came up short in their bid to win the 2015 Big West Championship by losing 4-1 to Long Beach State Saturday morning in a Big West Conference Semifinal match at the Big West Championships in Indian Wells, Calif.

In doubles play, sophomores Mickey Hsu and Kristen Poei won 8-5 in their top-seeded doubles draw. Hsu and Poei finished the 2015 season with a 16-4 overall record and in two years at CSUN, have compiled a record of 33-7 (.825 win percentage).

In the second doubles draw, sophomore Vivian Lin and freshman Kiryang Kim won the match’s opening point with an 8-6 victory. Lin and Kim finished the season with a 5-13 overall record.

In singles play, the 49ers dominated the Matadors by winning in straight sets in the second, third, fourth, and sixth draw.

The match was the final game for senior Criss Rodriguez. She finished a successful 2015 season with a team-high 16 victories in singles and a 16-4 overall record. Rodriguez earned All-Big West doubles honors last year and went 12-5 this season with teammate Jessica Warren.