Women's Tennis

49ers Drop Tough Match to No. 41 Pepperdine 6-1
Holly Reid won her third straight match, but it wasn't enough as LBSU fell to No. 41 Pepperdine Saturday.

Holly Reid won her third straight match, but it wasn't enough as LBSU fell to No. 41 Pepperdine Saturday.

March 15, 2014


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The 53rd-ranked Long Beach State women’s tennis team put forth a valiant effort against No. 41 Pepperdine Saturday, but came up short as the 49ers fell 6-1 at the Rhodes Tennis Center.

The Waves (6-4) were able to jump ahead early as they clinched the doubles points behind wins at the No. 1 and 2 spots. The match between Laura Eales/Holly Reid and Michaela Capannolo/Pattaraporn Salirathavibhaga was suspended at 5-all since the point was already clinched.

Pepperdine then went up 2-0 as No. 19 Lorraine Guillermo fought off Ebba Unden to win 7-5, 6-1. Holly Reid then cut it to a 1 point match for LBSU (9-2) as she won 6-3, 6-3 over Apichaya Runglerkriangkrai at the No. 6 spot. Unfortunately that would be the only point awarded in the 49ers’ favor as several close matches went Pepperdine’s way.

“It was a tough, hard fought match today that was much closer than the final score,” head coach Jenny Hilt-Costello said. “In singles, we were 5-5 or better in five of six first sets, but unfortunately we didn’t take advantage of that opportunity and a very good Pepperdine team did.”

Two of the remaining matches went to a deciding third set. At the No. 3 spot, Julie Gerard dropped the first set to Ale Granillo 7-5, but rebounded to win convincingly in the second set 6-1. However, Granillo ended up prevailing as she took the third set 6-2. Similarly, Maeva Razakasoa dropped her first set to Matea Cultura 6-0, but came back to take the second set 6-1. She then ran out of gas in the third set, falling 6-2. It was the first loss for Razakasoa so far this season as she moves to 11-1 in dual match play.

The loss was the first at home this season for Beach Tennis as it is now 7-1 when playing within the confines of the Rhodes Tennis Center. The 49ers will look to regroup before facing a tough stretch of three matches in four days next week. Wyoming visits first on Wednesday, followed by Dartmouth on Thursday. LBSU will then close out the week with a visit from No. 40 Harvard on Saturday.



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