Fullerton Opens Season at San Diego State
FULLERTON, Calif. – For the eighth consecutive year, Cal State Fullerton opens the 2014 season at No. 46 San Diego State at 4 p.m., on Saturday.
The match will serve as the 2014 season opener for the Titans, as well as the first match for first-year head coach Dianne Matias. The Titans will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. as Air Force visits the Titan Tennis Courts for Fullerton's home opener.
SDSU: Saturday, Jan. 18 | 4 p.m. PT | Aztec Tennis Center (San Diego, Calif.)
CSF IN THE RANKINGS: Team - None | Singles - None | Doubles - None
SDSU IN THE RANKINGS: Team - No. 46 | Singles - None | Doubles - None
Fullerton News & Notes
Cal State Fullerton returns to the court for the 2014 season following an 11-14 record in 2013, which marked the most victories for Fullerton since 2004. Following the season, Bill Reynolds retired after 24 years of service as the Titans' head coach.
In addition, Fullerton's four league victories last season represent CSF's highest total since the Big West began round-robin play in 2006. Reynolds guided the Titans to the fifth seed in the Big West Tournament, the program's highest designation in the bracket since the beginning of round-robin play.
Fullerton returns eight student-athletes from last year's squad, including regular members of the lineup, Morgan McIntosh, Kalika Slevcove and Megan Sandford. Newcomers include freshmen Camille de Leon (8-4) and Alexis Valenzuela (7-2), who each experienced early success in the fall.
Fullerton lost three members of last year's lineup as eligibility expired for Tiffany Mai, Malorie de la Cruz and Monica Rodriguez. Mai received Big West second team honors following her senior season, while the doubles team of McIntosh and Slevcove also earned Big West second team accolades in doubles play.
San Diego State, currently ranked 46th in the ITA rankings, will open the season on Saturday hosting a pair of Big West opponents as UC Riverside takes on the Aztecs at 9 a.m., followed by the Titans at 4 p.m.
San Diego State completed the 2013 season with a record of 22-6 and an 8-0 mark in the Mountain West Conference. The Aztecs season ended in the first round of the NCAA Tournament as then 20th-ranked Baylor defeated SDSU, 4-1.
Dating back to 2005, Cal State Fullerton is winless in nine matches at San Diego State.