April 23, 2013

Titans Travel to Big West Championships

Big West Championships Women's Tennis Bracket (PDF)

FULLERTON, Calif. – The Cal State Fullerton women's tennis team travels to Indian Wells, Calif., this week to compete in the Big West Women's Tennis Championships at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The Titans (11-13, 4-5) received the No. 5 seed in the championship bracket and will open play at 11 am against No. 4 seed Hawai'i in the quarterfinals.

BWC Quarters: Friday, April 26 | 11 a.m. PT | Indian Wells Tennis Garden (Indian Wells, Calif.)

UH IN THE RANKINGS: Team: None | Singles: None | Doubles: None

CSF IN THE RANKINGS: Team: None | Singles: None | Doubles: None

Big West Championship
Cal State Fullerton's No. 5 seed in the Big West Championships is the highest for the program since round robin play began in 2006. Dating back to 1986, the Titans hold a record of 16-33 at the Big West Championships.

Fullerton has never advanced past the quarterfinals dating back to 1986. The Titans best finish at the Big West Championships was in 1998, when the Titans lost to UC Irvine in the fifth place match.

If Fullerton defeats Hawai'i on Friday, the team would advance to play in the semifinals at 8 a.m. on Saturday. The winner of the No. 8 Pacific/No. 9 Cal Poly first-round match, will advance to the quarterfinals to play No. 1 UC Irvine.  Fullerton would then play the winner of the quarterfinal match with UC Irvine and the No. 8/No. 9 winner.

Regular Season Recap
The Titans' 11 wins are the most victories for the program since the 2004 team finished the year with a mark of 12-10. Fullerton's record in Big West Conference play of 4-5 is also the best mark for the program since the league started round-robin play in 2006.

Junior Morgan McIntosh, playing the majority of her matches at No. 2 in the lineup, finished the year with an 11-11 dual record, and in doubles play, teamed with Kalika Slevcove to end the regular season with a mark of 14-7.

Redshirt sophomore Megan Sandford returned from a season-ending injury in 2012, to finish the regular season with an 11-9 record in singles play, splitting time at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots of the Titan lineup.

Freshman Emilia Borkowski also completed her rookie campaign with double-digit wins at 10-6.

Last Time Out vs. Hawai'i
Kalika Slevcove may have needed three sets, but the sophomore's victory over Kelsey Daguio clinched Cal State Fullerton's 4-3 win against No. 65 Hawai'i on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the Titan Tennis Courts.

The match had to be finished at the Fullerton Tennis Center due to darkness.

Slevcove, playing at the No. 5 spot of the lineup, improved her singles record to 6-1 with the match-winning 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5 win over Daguio.

The day started with Fullerton taking a 1-0 lead by clinching the doubles point as Tiffany Mai and Monica Rodriguez partnered at No. 1 to defeat Daguio and Katarina Poljakova, 8-3. Emilia Borkowski and Megan Sandford easily handled Kelly Domingo and Martina Kostalova, 8-2, at No. 3.

Sandford was the first Titan to claim a singles win, knocking off Rebecca Faltusz, 6-1, 6-4. Morgan McIntosh improved to 4-3 in 2013 with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Xenia Suworowa at No. 2 as the Titans got the three singles victories they needed.

Cal State Fullerton returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 21 hosting UC San Diego.

Cal State Fullerton 4, No. 65 Hawai'i 3

Singles Match
No. 1 Katarina Poljakova (UH) def. Tiffany Mai (CSF), 6-4, 7-5

No. 2 Morgan McIntosh (CSF) def. Xenia Suworowa (UH), 6-2, 6-3

No. 3 Martina Kostalova (UH) def. Monica Rodriguez (CSF), 6-1, 1-6, 6-1

No. 4 Paulina Petriskova (UH) def. Emilia Borkowski (CSF), 6-2, 6-3

No. 5 Kalika Slevcove (CSF) def. Kelsey Daguio (UH), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5

No. 6 Megan Sandford (CSF) def. Rebecca Faltusz (UH), 6-1, 6-4

Doubles Match
1. Mai/ Monica Rodriguez (CSF) def. Daguio/Poljakova (UH), 8-3

2. McIntosh/ Slevcove (CSF) vs. Faltusz/ Petriskova (UH), 6-6 Unfinished

3. Borkowski/Sandford (CSF) def. Kelly Domingo/Kostalova (UH), 8-2

Order of finish: Doubles, 3, 1, 2 (did not finish)
Singles: 4, 6, 2, 3, 1, 5

Match Notes Cal State Fullerton (4-4, 2-1 Big West)
Hawai'i (1-3, 1-1 Big West)

Opponents: Hawai'i completed the season with a 5-14 record and 4-4 finish in the Big West Conference standings. Martina Kostalova finished the regular season with a 9-7 dual match record, and playing the majority of the year at No. 1 in the lineup, Katarina Poljakova ended the year with a dual record of 9-7 as well.