LBSU Continues Strong Play on Day 2 of Beach Classic
Jan. 11, 2014
LONG BEACH -
A two-hour late start proved no trouble for the Long Beach State women's tennis team that earned ten more wins on Saturday on the second day of the LBSU Winter Invitational at the Rhodes Tennis Center.
The day was scheduled to start at 10 a.m., but heavy fog from Friday night made the courts too wet to compete on. The LBSU coaching staff along with the Cal State Long Beach Facilities Management crew worked to dry the courts for several hours before they were deemed playable at noon.
"I would really like to thank our facilities and grounds crew who helped us dry the courts this morning," 49er Head Coach Jenny Hilt-Costello said. "Without their help we would have been delayed by at least four hours. We are very grateful for their help."
The late start proved to be no problem for the 42nd ranked Beach tennis squad who took on No. 62 Denver in doubles play to start the day. LBSU picked up victories in all four spots starting at No. 4 where Gabriela Tilkeridisova and Hayley Thompson beat Charlotte Derbyshire (Denver) and Leslie Chang (Cal State Northridge) 8-2. The No. 3 pair of Holly Reid and Laura Eales quickly followed suit with an 8-4 over Denver's Michelle Garpenlov and Sonja Radosevic. A tougher match for the No. 2 duo of Karolina Rozenberg and Julie Gerard followed, as the pair came back to win 8-6 over Maureen Slattery and Kathryn Hughes. Top-seeded doubles pair Ebba Unden and Maeva Razakasoa then completed the sweep with an 8-3 victory over Caroline Schnell and Evy Van Genechten.
Singles play against Big West opponent Cal State Northridge followed and the 49ers were able to earn six more wins on the day. Top seed Ebba Unden easily put away Criss Rodriguez 6-1, 6-1 while No. 2 Maeva Razakasoa also picked up an easy 6-1, 6-0 victory over Jessica Warren. Julie Gerard competed at the No. 3 spot and beat Vivian Lin 6-3, 6-3 and Karolina Rozenberg earned a win over Mickey Hsu 6-2, 7-5 at No. 4. The Matadors earned their two victories at the No. 4 and 5 spots, but LBSU was able to close out the day with wins at No. 6 and 7. Laura Eales defeated Scout Shutter 6-1, 7-5 and Gabriela Tilkeridisova won 6-3, 6-0 over Leslie Chang.
The final day of the Beach Classic will be tomorrow with doubles play scheduled to start at 10 a.m. The 49ers will take on Portland in doubles followed by Denver in singles.