FULLERTON, Calif. – The Cal State Fullerton women's tennis team returns to the court on Saturday to participate in a doubleheader at No. 48 San Diego and San Diego State. The Titans open the season on the road, as the early match will take place on the USD campus at the Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center, followed by an afternoon affair at the Aztec Tennis Center.
USD: Saturday, Jan. 19 | 10 a.m. PT | Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center (USD Campus)
SDSU: Saturday, Jan. 19 | 4 p.m. PT | Aztec Tennis Center (SDSU Campus)
CSF IN THE RANKINGS: Team - None | Singles - None | Doubles: None
USD IN THE RANKINGS: Team - No. 48 | Singles - None | Doubles: None
SDSU IN THE RANKINGS: Team - None | Singles - None | Doubles: None
The Titans welcome back their entire roster from a season ago, including all seven student-athletes that competed in dual match play. Cal State Fullerton boasts an experienced roster with four seniors, two juniors and four sophomores.
Big West Conference selections Tiffany Mai (second team) and Morgan McIntosh (honorable mention doubles) return to the lineup in addition to Megan Sandford, who missed the 2012 season with an injury, and is expected to be back in action in 2013.
The Titans open the season at 10 a.m. Saturday on the road at 48th-ranked San Diego. A season ago the Toreros and Titans were scheduled to open season in San Diego, but rain forced the cancellation of the match and it was not rescheduled.
San Diego finished the 2012 season with an overall record of 13-10, including a 9-2 mark in the West Coast Conference. The Toreros entered the 2012 WCC tournament as the No. 3 seed, but upset Pepperdine to clinch their first WCC championship. Making its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012, San Diego was eliminated by Vanderbilt in the first round.
The Aztecs finished the 2012 season with a 12-14 record and a 5-2 mark in the Mountain West Conference. San Diego State also defeated Cal State Fullerton, 7-0, on Jan. 28, 2012.
The Titans finished the 2012 season eighth in the Big West standings with a conference record of 1-7 and an overall mark of 8-13. Current senior Tiffany Mai was voted to the Big West Conference second team, and Mai is once again expected to top the lineup for the Titans. The native of Westminster, Calif., competed at the No. 1 position in 20 of the team's 21 matches last season, posting an 11-10 mark in dual match play and leading the team with three wins in Big West play
Also expected to return to the Titan lineup include junior Morgan McIntosh, senior Monica Rodriguez and senior Malorie de la Cruz. Competing in the No. 2 spot in 17 of 18 dual meets, McIntosh recorded a mark of 10-8 in dual meets, matching Mai for best on the squad in wins.