10 Dec 2021 | 08:18 | Tennis
NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—CSUN’s Gary Victor became the 33rd active NCAA Division I women’s tennis coach to win at least 300 duals in a career Saturday when the Matadors defeated Santa Clara 4-2.
Victor, who is in his 24th season at the helm of the CSUN program, is 300-224 during his tenure. He is now 1-of-60 Division I head coaches all-time to win at least 300 duals in a career.
“I feel fortunate to have had some very special come through our program over the years,” Victor said. “(Assistant Coach) James (Ciuffo) has been an incredible coach and friend through the good and bad times. This team makes coaching fun – they are about integrity, discipline, caring for each other and strong loyalty.”
The Santa Clara doubles teams of JennaMarie Gordon and Giulia Hayer (No. 2) and Jamie Schroer and Varya Zlotnik (No. 3) both picked up victories to give Santa Clara an early lead.
Sasha Turchak tied the match for the Matadors when she posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Hayer at No. 4 singles. Jolene Cotezee put CSUN into the lead when she handed Finley Kalinic a 6-3, 7-5 defeat. Magdalena Hedrzak defeated Gordon 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 in the No. 2 singles match.
Lindsey Pesqueira and Victoria Santibañez Luna were tied at one during No. 6 singles play before Santibañez Luna was forced to retire, giving the Broncos their other point. Jenna Dorian clinched the win for the Matadors when she earned a hard-fought straight sets victory at No. 5, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 against Zlotnik. With the dual secured, the No. 3 singles match between Ana Fraile Toboso and Katherine Petty went unfinished with the score tied at one.
“I’m really proud of how we kept it together after a difficult doubles point.,” Victor said. “Santa Clara played very well out of the gates at two and three. Without Kat and Jacquie in singles we needed a lift. Sasha sent the tone by getting out to a big lead in singles. (Jolene), Magda, Ana, Jenna and Victoria won first sets and stayed tough throughout. I’m very happy for Jenna to get a well-earned clincher.”
The Matadors (3-2, 0-1 Big West) return to the court Sunday afternoon when CSUN hosts UC Davis (4-6, 1-2 Big West) at 1:30 p.m. The dual will be streamed on BigWest.tv.