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LBSU Grinds Out 5-2 Win Over No. 71 Louisville

Senior Klaudia Malenovska won both her doubles and singles matches to help LBSU remain perfect when playing at home this season.

March 14, 2013

LONG BEACH, Calif. -

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No. 37 Long Beach State extended its home winning streak to seven matches with another hard-fought victory over a ranked opponent as the 49ers beat No. 71 Louisville 5-2 Thursday afternoon at the Rhodes Tennis Center.

The Cardinals (10-5, 1-0 Big East) took the first point of the day with doubles victories at the No. 1 and 3 spots. Sarah Cantlay and Klaudia Malenovska helped LBSU (11-3, 4-1 Big West) avoid the sweep by beating Rebecca Bodine and Stefanie Villajuan 8-2 at the No. 2 spot.

Behind 1-0, the 49ers tied it up as sophomore Karolina Rozenberg earned her 12th straight-set singles victory by beating Villajuan, 6-4, 6-3. Freshman Anne-Sophie Willems then gave LBSU the 2-1 lead behind a 6-1, 6-4 win over Rebecca Bodine. However, Louisville came back to tie the match up at 2-2 as Sarah Cantlay fell to Manuela Velasquez, 6-4, 7-5, snapping her seven-match winning streak.

Nearly 75 minutes later, Anna Jeczmionka broke the tie with a hard-fought 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 victory over Mandy Brown at No. 5. Ebba Unden then followed suit and sealed the win for the 49ers with her 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Julia Fellerhoff. Senior Klaudia Malenovska claimed the final LBSU point of the day with her win over Rebecca Shine, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3).

The win is Long Beach State's second consecutive victory over a ranked opponent in the last seven days. The 49ers will play two more non-conference home matches next week as they play host to Iowa on Thursday and Wyoming on Friday. Both matches, played at the Rhodes Tennis Center, will begin at 2 p.m.


1. Julia Fellerhoff/Rebecca Shine (LOU) def. Ebba Unden/Karolina Rozenberg (LBSU) 8-5

2. Klaudia Malenovska/Sarah Cantlay (LBSU) def. Rebecca Bodine/Stefanie Villajuan (LOU) 8-2

3. Mandy Brown/Manuela Velasquez (LOU) def. Anne-Sophie Willems/Anna Jeczmionka (LBSU) 8-4


1. Ebba Unden (LBSU) def. Julia Fellerhoff (LOU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

2. Klaudia Malenovska (LBSU) def. Rebecca Shine (LOU) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3)

3. Manuela Valesquez (LOU) def. Sarah Cantlay (LBSU) 6-4, 7-5

4. Karolina Rozenberg (LBSU) def. Stefanie Villajuan (LOU) 6-4, 6-3

5. Anna Jeczmionka (LBSU) def. Mandy Brown (LOU) 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3

6. Anne-Sophie Willems (LBSU) def. Rebecca Bodine (LOU) 6-1, 6-4



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