Feb. 8, 2014
LONG BEACH -
The 46th-ranked Long Beach State women’s tennis team put away another opponent at home this season as the 49ers beat San Jose State 5-2 on Saturday at the Rhodes Tennis Center.
Beach Tennis (5-1) downed its fifth consecutive opponent as the 49ers captured the match behind a doubles sweep and singles wins at the No. 2, 3, 5 and 6 spots. The win marks just the second time that LBSU has met San Jose State (1-4) under Hilt-Costello with the 49ers winning both times.
LBSU won the first point of the match with a double sweep. Ebba Unden and Maeva Razakasoa won over Marie Klocker and Gaelle Rey 8-6, while Julie Gerard and Karolina Rozenberg defeated Sabastiani Leon Chao and Jessica Willett by the same score. The sweep was completed by Holly Reid and Laura Eales, who won 8-4 over Julianna Bacelar and Justine Deleval.
In singles, two quick wins by Holly Reid and Hayley Thompson put the Beach up early 3-0. Reid defeated Justine Deleval 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 6 spot, while Thompson won 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 5 spot over Jessica Willett. The four remaining matches turned out to be much more even, but it was freshman Maeva Razakasoa who clinched the win as she won 7-5, 6-3 over Gaelle Rey. The Spartans then won their first point of the match at the No. 1 spot as Marie Klocker came back to defeat Ebba Unden in a third set super tiebreak. Julie Gerard proceeded to put the 49ers up 5-1 by dominating the third set in her match against Sabastiani Leon Chao, winning 6-4, 1-6, 6-1. Finally, Julianna Bacelar scored the final point of the day as she prevailed over Karolina Rozenberg 7-6 (5), 6-4.
The victory extends LBSU’s current winning streak to five matches as the 49ers haven’t lost since their opening match against Washington on Jan. 19. Beach Tennis also remains perfect at home this season (4-0) and pushed its winning streak to 16 straight in the Rhodes Tennis Center dating back to March 20, 2012.
The 49ers will close out their current five-match home stand next weekend by hosting conference foe UC Davis on Saturday. The match is schedule to begin at 11 a.m.
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