LOS ANGELES - Missing one of its best players and playing one of the top teams in the nation, the CSU Bakersfield tennis team lost to Cal State Los Angeles 9-0 on Friday.
Cal State L.A., which is ranked No. 17 in the nation in NCAA Division II tennis, improved to 11-4 on the season with the victory and completed the season sweep over the Roadrunners. The Golden Eagles, a former California Collegiate Athletic Association rival when the 'Runners where Division II, beat CSUB 5-2 on Feb. 4 at Stockdale Country Club. Playing on their home court, the Golden Eagles opted to use a nine-point scoring system that counts each doubles match as one point as opposed to the seven-point system employed by CSUB and the Great West Conference that counts doubles as one collective point.
CSUB was without the services of freshman Nelli Buiuklianova (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, AUVK 6), who will miss the rest of the season after tearing her ACL. Buiuklianova was off to a great start in her first collegiate season, posting a 5-5 record in singles play this season. She had surgery to repair the tear on Thursday.
Charlotte Hughes (R-Jr., Bakersfield, Calif., Stockdale HS) played the closest match of the day for the 'Runners (0-11). She won the first set 6-2, but then lost 6-4 before falling in the tiebreaker 10-8.
"The team has been through a lot this year, dealing with a lot of adversity," said CSUB head tennis coach Regina Csibi-Krueger. "I am very proud of very proud of the way they keep it together, fight and play with a lot of heart. CSULA is a great team with great No. 1 and No. 2 players."
With CSUB and Cal State Northridge unable to reschedule their rain-postponed match at Cal State Northridge from March 17, the showdown against Cal State L.A. was the final regular-season match of the season for the Roadrunners.Up next, CSUB will prepare to play in its first-ever Great West Conference Championship tournament, which will be held April 21-22 in Edinburg, Texas.