49ers extend home winning streak to 14 matches with 4-3 win over SDSU
Jan. 25, 2014
LONG BEACH -
The 45th ranked Long Beach State women’s tennis team prevailed 4-3 in a hard-fought match against No. 46 San Diego State on Saturday at the Rhodes Tennis Center as the 49ers won their 14th consecutive home match.
Freshman Maeva Razakasoa continued to shine as she won in both singles and doubles to maintain her unblemished record thus far in the spring season.
Razakasoa and partner Ebba Unden picked up the 6-4 win at the No. 1 spot in doubles as the duo defeated Dora Somoracz and Hailey Johnson. Holly Reid and Laura Eales also won at the No. 3 spot as they beat Isabelle Hoorn and Tami Nguyen 6-2 to seal the first point of the day in LBSU’s favor.
In singles, the ITA/NCAA mandated “experimental” scoring was back in play as the match against the Aztecs (2-1) was a non-conference affair.
Three of the singles matches went into the “super tiebreak” with the 49ers coming up just short in all three. First up was Ebba Unden who won the first set against Laura Antonana 7-6 (5), before dropping set two 6-1 and the super tiebreak 10-4. Maeva Razakasoa was able to seal another point for LBSU with her 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 2 over Kristin Buth, but teammate Julie Gerard wasn’t able to close out her match at No. 3 as she fell 6-4, 6-7 (4), 10-5. Hayley Thompson was also faced with the super tiebreak as she lost the first set against Kennedy Davis 6-2, before winning the next one 6-3. Her match was decided by a narrow 10-8 in the super tiebreak which Davis took. The 49ers then gained their final two points of the match at the No. 5 and 6 spots as Karolina Rozenberg won 6-2, 7-5 over Hailey Johnson and Holly Reid defeated Dora Somoracz 6-0, 7-6 (2).
“It was a hard fought match and a good win for us today,” head coach Jenny Hilt-Costello said. “All three points that we lost were part of the mandated third set super tiebreak format, but I’m confident that we would have won two out of the tree and possibly all of them had we gone to play a third set.”
Today’s victory at the Rhodes Tennis Center will look to serve as a stepping-stone for the 49ers who play 12 of their next 13 matches at home. The last time a team traveled to campus and beat LBSU was Nebraska on March 20, 2012. Beach Tennis will be back in action Friday when Big West foe Cal State Fullerton visits for a 2 p.m. match.