49ers Look to Extend Home Match Winning Streak
LBSU Travels to Cal State Fullerton, Loyola Marymount
49ers will defend BWC title at Cal State Fullerton Friday before hosting UCR at home on Saturday
Long Beach State to play in the first of four fall tournaments this weekend.
The 49er record-holder for wins will stay on with the LBSU coaching staff.
In 17 seasons as head coach, Jenny Hilt-Costello has taken the 49er women's tennis program into the national elite. Reaching No. 18 in the national rankings in 2006 acknowledged the arrival of Beach Tennis during a run that has included 14 consecutive winning seasons, 14 consecutive title matches at the Big West Conference Tournament, 11 BWC titles and 14 consecutive nationally-ranked seasons. The results have all come versus a nationally ranked schedule, which includes multiple wins annually over opponents from the ACC, Big 10, Big 12 and Pac 12.
Hilt-Costello's 2014 squad continued its domination over the Big West with a 21-3 overall record and a perfect 8-0 mark in Big West dual matches. The Beach won its 11th conference tournament title in 13 years with a squad that featured five freshmen on a roster of eight. The 2014 titles marked the fourth consecutive Big West Tournament title for the Beach and its sixth regular season title in the last seven years.
The 49ers didn't stop with the Big West crown. They moved on to the NCAA Tournament and upset 21st-ranked Tulsa in the first round for its third NCAA Tournament win in program history. The Beach fell to Stanford in the second round.
During this unprecedented 14-year run, the 2006 season stands out as the 49ers reached the Top 20 for the first time in program history. Posting a 22-5 record versus 14 ranked opponents in 2006, the 49ers won their first NCAA tournament match while advancing to the round of 32 in the NCAA Championships before narrowly falling to the No. 2 team in the nation. The No. 26 final national ranking for the Beach was a 30 spot jump from the start of the season.
Beach Tennis has compiled a sparkling 130-13 (.908) against Big West Conference foes since 2001. The 49ers conference final appearances (14 consecutive), conference championships (11), NCAA tournament berths (11) and Top 75 ranking (14 consecutive years) make the last 14 years the most successful period in Beach tennis history.
With a career coaching mark of 292-130 (.692) in 17 seasons, Hilt-Costello currently holds all the 49er women's tennis coaching records for single season and career wins and highest winning percentage.
Hilt-Costello has been named the Big West Conference Coach of the Year a league record eight times in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014. In 2004, she was named the West Region Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year award.
During her tenure as head coach, 49er teams have featured 8 Big West Conference Players of the Year, 5 Freshman of the Year, 13 nationally ranked players and 45 Big West First Team singles and doubles honorees. Hilt-Costello has coached four singles and one doubles pair invitees to the NCAA Individual Championships.
Hilt-Costello served from 2002-2006 on the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Committee.
Hilt-Costello's student-athletes also succeed in the classroom having received eleven (2003, 2005-14) ITA National All-Academic Team Awards having over 3.20 team grade point averages. Beach Tennis teams have won 19 of 20 Long Beach State "High Team Grade Point Average" awards amongst the sixteen varsity programs on campus.
Hilt-Costello arrived at Long Beach State in the fall of 1995 as the assistant tennis coach, as well as teaching kinesiology classes.
Hilt-Costello collegiately went from walk-on to nationally ranked team captain during her four years at UCLA, where she graduated with a B.A. in psychology. She earned a career high No. 9 doubles and No. 35 singles national ranking. While at UCLA, the Bruin teams advanced to NCAA Tournament play all four years, including 1991 the National Championship team final.
Prior to her collegiate career, Hilt-Costello's junior career included advancing to the 1988 USTA National Father-Daughter Doubles Tournament at the U.S. Open in New York.
Born in Madison, WI, and raised in Sacramento, CA, Jenny and her husband John own a home in Long Beach.
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