LBSU Remains Perfect In Conference Play
Feb. 15, 2014
LONG BEACH -
The 46th-ranked Long Beach State women's tennis team moved to 3-0 in Big West play with a 5-2 victory over UC Davis on Saturday at the Rhodes Tennis Center.
The win extended two current winning streaks for the 49ers (6-1, 3-0 BWC) who have now notched six straight wins dating back to Jan. 20 and have prevailed in 17 consecutive home matches going back to March 20, 2012.
LBSU started off the day dominating in doubles as all three spots picked up easy wins. Newly ranked duo Ebba Unden and Maeva Razakasoa blanked Layla Sanders and Nicole Koehly 8-0 to get things started for the Beach. Unden and Razakasoa debuted in this week's ITA rankings at No. 54, making them the highest-ranked LBSU tennis duo since Hannah Grady and Stephanie Bengson were placed at No. 31 back in 2008. At the No. 3 spot Laura Eales and Holly Reid put away Tiffany Pham and Samantha Martino 8-2 quickly followed by No. 2 duo Karolina Rozenberg and Julie Gerard beating Megan Heneghan and Melissa Kobayakawa by the same score.
In singles, it was Julie Gerard who put the 49ers up 2-0 as she cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Nicole Koehly, marking the first time this season a Beach Tennis player shut-out an opponent. Shortly thereafter, the Aggies (2-4, 0-1 BWC) were able to get on the board as a victory was picked up at the No. 5 spot. The one-point match didn't last long however as Maeva Razakasoa put LBSU up 3-1 with her 11th-straight victory. UC Davis then cut the lead to one once again with a win at the No. 1 spot, but the 49ers wouldn't allow the Aggies any more points as LBSU won at the No. 4 and 6 spots. Karolina Rozenberg sealed the victory with her 6-2, 6-3 victory over Melissa Kobayakawa and Holly Reid prevailed in three sets to defeat Kamila Kecki.
The win keeps LBSU atop the current Big West standings and the 49ers will look to keep their conference record unblemished as they hit the road next Friday to take on Cal State Northridge at 1 p.m. Following that match, Beach Tennis will remain at home the entire month of March as eight non-conference teams travel to the Rhodes Tennis Center.