March 8, 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif. -
No. 41 Long Beach State earned three points in deciding singles sets to capture a hard-fought victory over No. 45 Boston College Saturday afternoon at the Rhodes Tennis Center.
The 49ers (10-3, 4-1 Big West), playing singles first due to weather concerns, jumped out to an early 1-0 lead behind a 6-3, 6-3 win from Karolina Rozenberg over Katya Vasilyev at the No. 4 spot. The Eagles (6-1, 1-0 ACC) then tied the match up as Klaudia Malenovska fell to Alex Kelleher 6-4, 6-1.
With the match at a stalemate, LBSU was able to overcome losses in the first sets at the No. 1, 3 and 5 spots to force deciding sets in each. While play was taking place in those spots, Anne-Sophie Willems won the second 49er point with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 victory over Wan-Yi Sweeting at the No. 6 spot. Anna Jeczmionka, playing at No. 5, then won 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 over Heini Salonen to put LBSU up 3-1.
Boston College would proceed to pull within a point as Ebba Unden was unable to complete the comeback, falling at No. 1 to Jessica Wacnik, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3. With the deciding singles point on the line, senior Sarah Cantlay came through for LBSU, defeating Kelly Barry at No. 3, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, for her seventh consecutive victory.
With the match clinched in Long Beach State's favor, the 49ers then swept the Eagles in doubles play to earn the final point of the match. Anne-Sophie Willems and Anna Jeczmionka, competing at the No. 3 spot, won 8-2 over Sarah Dalton and Ina Kauppila. Sarah Cantlay and Klaudia Malenovska then defeated Olga Khmylev and Katya Vasilyev 8-3 and Ebba Unden and Karolina Rozenberg came back to win 8-7 (8-6) over Jessica Wacnik and Alex Kelleher.
The victory keeps LBSU's perfect home record intact as the 49ers are now 6-0 when playing at the Rhodes Tennis Center. Long Beach State will be back in action in another home match on Thursday, March 14 against No. 58 Louisville.
1. Jessica Wacnik (BC) def. Ebba Unden (LBSU) 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3
2. Alex Kelleher (BC) def. Klaudia Malenovska (LBSU) 6-4, 6-1
3. Sarah Cantlay (LBSU) def. Kelly Barry (BC) 4-6, 7-5, 6-1
4. Karolina Rozenberg (LBSU) def. Katya Vasilyev (BC) 6-3, 6-3
5. Anna Jeczmionka (LBSU) def. Heini Salonen (BC) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
6. Anne-Sophie Willems (LBSU) def. Wan-Yi Sweeting (BC) 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
1. Ebba Unden/Karolina Rozenberg (LBSU) def. Jessica Wacnik/Alex Kelleher (BC) 8-7 (8-6)
2. Klaudia Malenovska/Sarah Cantlay (LBSU) def. Olga Khymlev/Katya Vasilyev (BC) 8-3
3. Anne-Sophie Willems/Anna Jeczmionka (LBSU) def. Sarah Dalton/Ina Kauppila (BC) 8-2
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